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Waltham Very good Yellow gold 49mm Manual winding United States of America, New York, Huntington Village
Waltham
Vintage Fancy Waltham 14k Yellow Gold 49mm Hunter Pocket Watch 92 Grams
$4,500
Free shipping
Waltham 1899 Very good Yellow gold Manual winding United States of America, Texas, Dallas
Waltham
Riverside Maximus 1899
$1,150
+ $29 for shipping
Very good Yellow gold 52mm Automatic United States of America, New York, NY
Pocket Watch 52MM 18K YELLOW GOLD MEN'S WATCH
Price on request
+ $65 for shipping
Elgin 50mm Manual winding United States of America, New York, Hartsdale
Elgin
$850
+ $75 for shipping
Rolex Cellini 3612/8 New Yellow gold 24mm Manual winding United States of America, Florida, Miami
Rolex Cellini
Coin Watch 22K Gold Coin 18K Gold Watch (3612/8)
$24,800
Free shipping
A. Lange & Söhne Very good United States of America, California, Irvine
A. Lange & Söhne
Minute Repeater Pocket Watch #11
$76,895
+ $65 for shipping
Patek Philippe Vintage 600/2 Very good Yellow gold Manual winding United States of America, Maine, Portland
Promoted
Patek Philippe Vintage
600/2
$10,093
Excl. shipping
Private Seller
Patek Philippe 258729 Good Yellow gold 44mm Manual winding United States of America, New York, New York
Patek Philippe
Pocket Watch 258729 Men's Watch in 18kt Yellow Gold
$6,350
+ $29 for shipping
A. Lange & Söhne A Lange & söhne Fair Yellow gold 50mm Automatic United States of America, Florida, miami
A. Lange & Söhne
10120
$4,500
+ $120 for shipping
Very good Yellow gold 60mm United States of America, New York, Huntington Village
Quarter Repeater Chrono Annual Calendar Moon Phase 18k Yellow Gold Pocket Watch
$10,999
Free shipping
Illinois Very good Yellow gold Manual winding United States of America, Texas, Dallas
Illinois
Bunn Special
$850
+ $29 for shipping
Rolex Precision Very good Steel 45mm Manual winding
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Rolex Precision
Rare Precision Stainless Steel Open Face Pocket Watch
$13,503
Free shipping
Chopard 10A386-5111 New Rose gold 30.5mm Automatic United States of America, New York, Tallman
Chopard
NEW UNWORN BOX + PAPERS Chopard L'Heure Du Diamant Green Malachite Dial Watch 10A386-5111
$56,000
+ $29 for shipping
Good Yellow gold 39mm Manual winding United States of America, California, Los Angeles
1891 Antique Elgin Full Hunter Engraved Case Solid 14K Yellow Gold Pocket Watch
$1,700
+ $20 for shipping
A. Lange & Söhne Very good United States of America, California, Irvine
A. Lange & Söhne
Pocket Watch Chronograph with creeping 30 min register #10
$62,895
+ $65 for shipping
Illinois Very good United States of America, Texas, Dallas
Illinois
Co. Currier Gold Filled Pocket Watch
$2,008
+ $75 for shipping
Vacheron Constantin 212465 Good Yellow gold 43.7mm Manual winding United States of America, New York, New York
Vacheron Constantin
Pocket Watch 212465 Men's Watch in 18kt Yellow Gold
$3,500
+ $29 for shipping
Patek Philippe Gondolo Very good Yellow gold 56mm Manual winding United States of America, Florida, Miami
Patek Philippe Gondolo
W/Box and Papers Pocket Watch Gondolo 56mm 18K Yellow Gold Watch
$38,000
Free shipping
Waltham Very good Yellow gold 48mm Manual winding United States of America, New York
Waltham
Vintage Waltham 14k Solid Yellow Gold 48mm Hunter Case Pocket Watch 87 Grams
$3,500
Free shipping
Illinois Very good Yellow gold Manual winding United States of America, Texas, Dallas
Illinois
Bunn
$850
+ $29 for shipping
Patek Philippe 89578 Very good Rose gold 46mm Manual winding United States of America, California, San Diego
Patek Philippe
18k Rose Gold Pocket Watch 89578 Very Rare Circa 1893
$8,995
Free shipping
Jules Jürgensen Jules Jurgensen Copenhagen Tourbillion movement dial Good Steel 46mm Manual winding United States of America, Texas, Houston
Jules Jürgensen
Tourbillion
$27,850
+ $75 for shipping
Good Yellow gold 50mm Manual winding United States of America, California, Los Angeles
A. Lange & Söhne Glashutte B/Dresden 18KT Gold Hunter Case Circa 1880's Fully Serviced
$6,300
+ $20 for shipping
A. Lange & Söhne Very good United States of America, California, Irvine
A. Lange & Söhne
Seconde Morte Pocket Watch #8
$65,895
+ $65 for shipping
Vacheron Constantin Very good Manual winding United States of America, Texas, Dallas
Vacheron Constantin
14k Yellow Gold Men's Pocket Watch
$5,098
+ $75 for shipping
Patek Philippe 618550 Good Steel 45mm Manual winding United States of America, New York, New York
Patek Philippe
Pocket Watch 618550 Men's Watch in Stainless Steel
$5,800
+ $29 for shipping
Patek Philippe World Time 5231G-001 Unworn White gold 38.5mm Automatic United States of America, New York, NEW YORK
Patek Philippe World Time
Complications World Time Rare Handcrafts
$149,000
Free shipping
Waltham Waltham Very good Yellow gold Manual winding United States of America, Michigan, Michigan
Waltham
No. 610
$3,200
+ $99 for shipping
Elgin Very good Yellow gold Manual winding United States of America, Texas, Dallas
Elgin
Veritas
$850
+ $29 for shipping
Patek Philippe Incomplete Platinum United States of America, Nevada, Las Vegas
Patek Philippe
Al Capone Platinum & 90 Diamonds Mongrammed Custom
$2,500,000
Excl. shipping
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Patek Philippe Gondolo Very good Yellow gold 56mm Manual winding United States of America, Florida, Miami
Patek Philippe Gondolo
W/Box Invoice Pocket Watch Gondolo 56 mm 18K Yellow Gold Watch
$21,550
Free shipping
Fair Silver 45mm Manual winding United States of America, California, Los Angeles
Antique Fresard Lucerne Chronograph Sterling Silver Pocket Watch
$1,599
+ $20 for shipping
A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 Very good United States of America, California, Irvine
A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1
1/4 Repeater Pocket Watch #9
$44,895
+ $65 for shipping
Cartier Very good Yellow gold Manual winding United States of America, Texas, Dallas
Cartier
18K Yellow Gold Pocket Watch
$4,068
+ $75 for shipping
Patek Philippe 983j Good Rose gold Manual winding United States of America, Michigan, Birmingham
Patek Philippe
983J 18K Gold
$34,750
+ $59 for shipping
Patek Philippe Pocket Watch Good Yellow gold Manual winding United States of America, Florida, Aventura
Patek Philippe
Waltham Railroad 18K Yellow Gold Manual-Wind Movement Pocket Watch
$7,800
+ $29 for shipping
H.Moser & Cie. Steel 38mm Manual winding United States of America, Illinois, BUFFALO GROVE
H.Moser & Cie.
Pocket Watch Conversion Stainless Steel Silver Dial 38mm
$900
Free shipping
Elgin Very good Yellow gold Manual winding United States of America, Texas, Dallas
Elgin
Father Time Up & Down Winding
$1,490
+ $29 for shipping
Omega United States of America, New Hampshire, Nashua
Omega
14k Yellow Gold Pocketwatch Size 45mm
$2,500
+ $75 for shipping
Very good Yellow gold 60mm Manual winding United States of America, Florida, Miami
Pocket Watch Universal 18K Yellow Gold 60mm Mechanical Hand Wind Watch 125 Grams
$5,800
Free shipping
Rolex Datejust 41 126334 Unworn Steel 41mm Automatic United States of America, New York, New York
Rolex Datejust 41
41mm Stainless Steel 126334 Slate Roman Oyster
$16,700
Free shipping
A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 Very good United States of America, California, Irvine
A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1
1/4 Hour Repeater Chronograph Pocketwatch #14
$78,895
+ $65 for shipping
Elgin Very good Yellow gold United States of America, Texas, Dallas
Elgin
Multi Colored Box Hinged Gold Pocket Watch
$4,068
+ $75 for shipping
Vacheron Constantin Very good White gold 41mm Manual winding United States of America, Texas, Houston
Vacheron Constantin
Ultra-Rare 18K White Gold Thin 41mm Pocket Watch/Pendant From 1967
$3,650
+ $49 for shipping
Longines Longines pocket watch Very good Yellow gold 45mm Quartz United States of America, Maryland, Baltimore, MD
Longines
Pocket Watch Longines
$5,194
+ $29 for shipping
Very good United States of America, New York, Huntington
Gregg London Antique Victorian Sterling Repousse Cased Verge Fuse Pocket Watch
$2,799
Free shipping
Illinois Very good Yellow gold Manual winding United States of America, Texas, Dallas
Illinois
Sangamo
$950
+ $29 for shipping
Breitling A20405 Very good Steel Automatic United States of America, California, Pleasanton
Breitling
Astromat Chrono Mens Steel Watch 40mm Iced 8ct Yellow Diamond A20405
$5,999
Free shipping
Ulysse Nardin Open Face Very good Yellow gold 51mm Manual winding United States of America, Florida, Miami
Ulysse Nardin
Pocket Watch 18K Yellow Gold 51 mm White Watch Open Face 82 Grams
$4,400
Free shipping
Breguet Very good Gold/Steel 50mm Manual winding United States of America, New York, New York City
Breguet
pocket watch vintage authentic gold
$32,000
Excl. shipping
Private Seller
A. Lange & Söhne Very good United States of America, California, Irvine
A. Lange & Söhne
PW #17
Price on request
+ $65 for shipping
Very good Chronograph United States of America, Texas, Dallas
Agassiz Chronograph 14K Yellow Gold Pocket Watch Retailed By Tiffany Owned by Wiley Post
$9,218
+ $75 for shipping
Audemars Piguet Very good Yellow gold 46mm Manual winding United States of America, Texas, Houston
Audemars Piguet
Unique Early 1900s Extra Special Quality 18K Gold Pocket Watch
$3,750
+ $49 for shipping
Chopard 3014 Very good Yellow gold 42mm Automatic United States of America, Texas, Houston
Chopard
Pocket Watch
$3,105
Free shipping
Rolex 7177SH Very good 52mm Manual winding United States of America, Georgia, Suwanee
Rolex
1930's Railroad Kew A Chronometer 21J Antique Mens Pocket Watch 52mm - Snowite Chrome
$5,470
+ $29 for shipping
Very good Yellow gold Manual winding United States of America, Texas, Dallas
Howard Series O
$1,350
+ $29 for shipping
Patek Philippe Vintage 600/2 Good Yellow gold United States of America, Georgia, Atlanta
Patek Philippe Vintage
1950's Vintage Pocket Watch Yellow Gold White Arabic Dial
$19,500
+ $150 for shipping
Very good Yellow gold 54.9mm Manual winding United States of America, Florida, Miami
Pocket Watch Very Exotic Anonimo 18K Yellow Gold 55 mm Day Date Spanish Watch
$7,800
Free shipping
Waltham Very good 44.9mm Manual winding United States of America, California, Clovis
Waltham
1903 14K solid gold Waltham size 18 hunter case pocket watch
$750
Excl. shipping
Private Seller
Elgin Good Yellow gold 32.5mm Manual winding United States of America, New York, New York
Elgin
Vintage Pocket Watch 14kt Yellow Gold with White Enamel Dial
$4,995
+ $190 for shipping

Pocket Watches: The Gentleman's Timepiece

Pocket watches have a large fan base. The timepieces range from cheap vintage models to extremely rare collector's pieces. World-famous manufacturers such as Patek Philippe have produced the most extraordinary pocket watches.


Highlights

  • Large variety of vintage pocket watches
  • Prices ranging from a few hundred euros to millions
  • New models with mechanical or quartz calibers
  • A. Lange & Söhne pocket watches are especially sought after by collectors
  • Available with a chronograph function, perpetual calendar, or minute repeater

Pocket Watches for Men and Women

Pocket watches have been beloved for centuries, especially amongst collectors and watch enthusiasts. Wristwatches almost made the pocket watch completely obsolete in the 20th century. Wearing a watch on your wrist is simply more comfortable for most people. Originally, it was predominantly men who used pocket watches. In order to not lose the watch, it was secured with a chain. There was a spring ring or clip at the end of the chain, which you could attach to a buttonhole. Men usually carried their pocket watches in their vest pockets , though they kept them in their pants or jacket pockets as well. Women often attached their pocket watches to a chain and wore them as necklaces.

Manufacturers such as Tissot, Regent, or Dugena continue to produce affordable pocket watches. These are powered by mechanical or quartz movements. The number of pre-owned pocket watches available is much larger. The most highly sought-after models are vintage watches from the German manufacturer A. Lange & Söhne. Patek Philippe, one of the most renowned watch manufacturers in the world, is known for their especially intricate pocket watches. The Graves Supercomplication and Calibre 89 were the most intricate pocket watches for decades.


Buying Advice

If you're searching for a pocket watch, you have the choice between countless models. Prices range from a few hundred to a few million euros for very rare, intricate models. Apprentice watches are particularly special watches. They were made by watchmaking apprentices towards the end of one's apprenticeship, making them "journeyman's pieces." Watches from the 19th or first half of the 20th century are extremely coveted amongst collectors. Since there is only one of each watch, they're extremely scarce, and you should accordingly plan to spend at least 30,000 euros for such a rare piece.

A less expensive entry into the world of pocket watches would be a model from Regent, Dugena, or Tissot. Pre-owned Tissot pocket watches cost less than 500 euros, although their gold watches can cost around 2,500 euros. All three manufacturers currently offer pocket watches in their portfolios. You can also find pre-owned pocket watches from the Swiss manufacturer Omega at affordable prices, sometimes for less than 200 euros. However, gold models can cost up to 4,000 euros.

Pre-owned pocket watches from the International Watch Company (IWC) can be purchased for around 800 euros. Gold models, however, are available for 25,000 euros. The prices for vintage pocket watches from Patek Philippe start at around 3,500 euros. However, there are also models that cost nearly one million euros. The Graves Supercomplication , a special order pocket watch for the American banker Henry Graves, Jr., sold at a Sotheby's auction in 2014 for 23.2 million Swiss francs (CHF), making it one of the most expensive watches in the world. The Patek Philippe 89 is slightly less expensive, although it's still one of the most intricate pocket watches ever produced. In 2009, it sold for around $5 million at an Antiquorum auction.


The History of Pocket Watches

Pocket watches have been around since the 15th century. The invention of the spring drive made pocket watches possible, as it enabled the entire watch movement to be miniaturized. Before then, large grandfather clocks were powered by weights attached to chains which wound the movement. The oldest known watch with a spring drive dates back to 1430 . It features a fusee, which equalized the uneven pull of the mainspring. This watch belonged to Philip the Good, Duke of Burgundy, and is on display at the Germanisches Nationalmuseum (Germanic National Museum) in Nuremberg.

Peter Henlein, a locksmith from Nuremburg, was one of the first to use a spring drive together with an escape mechanism in a wearable watch. He was able to get the watch down to pocket watch size using this construction, and the shape of the timepiece resembled a can . One of these models is on display at the Germanisches Nationalmuseum in Nuremburg. The German town of Nuremberg was the center of watchmaking in the 15th century. Historians know it as the "Silicon Valley of the Middle Ages" due to the many inventions made in the town.

These can-shaped watches, which were most likely carried in bags, eventually developed into wearable watches fashioned onto chains. Since the first portable watches still weren't very accurate, they only had an hour hand. This changed in the mid-17th century when better escapement systems were developed, resulting in portable watches with both hour and minute hands.

The majority of older pocket watches are unsigned, as adding company names and logos wasn't common practice until the 19th century. Sometimes you're only able to tell the origin of a watch based on its construction, design, or decorations.


Pocket Watch Cases

In the 16th century, pocket watch cases were often spherical or box-shaped. Over time, the case developed into the common flat design we know today.

Pocket watches are classified as either Savonnette or Lépine, an important distinction. The Lépine version is named for the French watchmaker Jean-Antoine Lépine. In this construction, the seconds display, winding stem, and crown are all in line with each other. Lépine pocket watches have no spring cover, and thanks to their construction, they're especially flat. This makes them well suited as tailcoat watches. Savonnette watches, on the other hand, have a spring cover protecting the dial and watchglass which can be opened by a push-piece. The term "Savonnette" comes from French and means "little bar of soap." Savonnette pocket watches have the seconds display at six o'clock, and the crown is on the side at three o'clock. This construction makes it easier to hold and use: You can hold the pocket watch in your right hand and use your thumbs to operate the spring cover push-piece and read the time.

Pocket Watch Cases

  • Lépine: Crown, winding stem, seconds hand in line with the winding stem, no spring cover
  • Savonnette: Seconds display at six o'clock, crown on the side, spring cover for protection

Intricate Pocket Watches

Pocket watches can do much more than just show the time. The most intricate pocket watches come from the Swiss manufacturers Patek Philippe, Breguet, and Vacheron Constantin.


The Graves Supercomplication: 24 Complications

With a total of 24 complications, the Graves Supercomplication held the record for the most intricate pocket watch for decades. It features a perpetual calendar , double chronograph for timing intervals, and astronomical displays . The watch shows the normal time, sidereal time, the sunrise and sunset time, and the starry sky over New York City.

The Graves Supercomplication was custom made for the New York banker Henry Graves, Jr. , a passionate watch collector and Patek Philippe fan. The American car manufacturer James Ward Packard was also a lover of rare Patek Philippe watches. Both men commissioned many watches from Patek Philippe with the goal of beating one another in acquiring the most intricate timepiece. The competition ended with Henry Graves, Jr.'s Graves Supercomplication. Originally commissioned in 1925, the watch was finally completed seven years later in 1932. It took a further 12 months for the watch to reach Graves. Since Packard died in 1928, he was unable to commission any more pocket watches. Therefore, it remains a mystery whether Patek could have made an even more intricate watch than the Graves Supercomplication in the early 1930s.


Patek Philippe's Calibre 89 with 33 Complications

Patek Philippe's Calibre 89 overtook the Graves Supercomplication as the most intricate watch in 1989. With a total of 33 complications, the Calibre 89 set a new record. Among its complications are a double chronograph, perpetual calendar , a moon phase and age display, and a second time zone display . There are also many astronomical displays on the back side of the watch. The pocket watch also has acoustic complications such as a grand and petite sonnerie, a minute repeater, and an alarm function. Patek Philippe only produced four Calibre 89 pocket watches.


Vacheron Constantin's 57 Complications

In 2015, the Swiss manufacturer Vacheron Constantin set a new record. Their pocket watch, reference number 57260, has 57 complications. Vacheron Constantin produced this watch for a wealthy, anonymous customer. The watch features many calendars: a Gregorian perpetual calendar, a Hebrew perpetual calendar, an astronomical calendar function, and a professional business calendar based on the ISO 8601 standard.


A Royal Pocket Watch: Breguet Marie Antoinette

The Breguet pocket watch Grande Complication No. 1160 is, like its predecessor the No. 160, a rarity. An unknown admirer of Marie Antoinette commissioned the watch in 1783 when Breguet was the purveyor to the royal French court. Marie Antoinette was known to be a fan of Breguet. The watch was meant to showcase the watchmaking know-how of the time, and gold was used in lieu of other metals when possible. The automatic watch features a perpetual calendar, minute repeater, and a power reserve display. It also displays the equation of time, the daily deviation between the true and mean solar times. The mean solar time is the time we use day in, day out. Breguet finished the watch in 1827, 44 years after it was commissioned. Marie Antoinette had already died 34 years earlier.

The No. 160 pocket watch was on display in a Jerusalem museum until 1983. It vanished without a trace and remained lost for 24 years, until it reappeared suddenly in 2007. Nicolas G. Hayek, the founder of the Swatch Group, commissioned Breguet to remake the No. 160 in 2004. Since the original was still missing at the time, the watchmakers had to reconstruct it using old drawings and reference documents.

Abraham-Louis Breguet was the founder of the manufacturer and is considered a genius master watchmaker. He is the inventor of the tourbillon, a complication which minimizes gravity-related deviations and ensures the watch runs precisely.