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Patek Philippe Rare 1920s Art Deco Platinum Ruby Diamond...
Patek Philippe Rare 1920s Art Deco Platinum Ruby Diamond...
S$ 13,133
Free shipping
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Watch Hunter
 
US
Cartier VINTAGE 1910 Rare Enamel Diamond 18k Pocket Watch
Cartier VINTAGE 1910 Rare Enamel Diamond 18k Pocket Watch
S$ 23,501
Free shipping
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Watch Hunter
 
US
IWC 1895 solid 18k gold hunting case chronometer pocket watc
IWC 1895 solid 18k gold hunting case chronometer pocket watc
S$ 4,312
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Foto Camera
21
IT
Longines Pocket Watch. Men's 1930/40
Longines Pocket Watch. Men's 1930/40
S$ 407
Estimated price
Seller
Catawiki BV
 
Patek Philippe Orologio da tasca a ripetizione 5 minuti
Patek Philippe Orologio da tasca a ripetizione 5 minuti
S$ 29,290
Seller
Private seller
 
IT
Patek Philippe 百达翡丽珐琅怀表 enamel pocket watch
Patek Philippe 百达翡丽珐琅怀表 enamel pocket watch
price on request
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羽毫古董鐘錶 (YU HAO TIME)
CN
Patek Philippe Vintage Lepine Pocket Chronograph Ref- 685 18k...
Patek Philippe Vintage Lepine Pocket Chronograph Ref- 685 18k...
S$ 46,377
Seller
Bachmann & Scher
 
DE
Vacheron Constantin Pocket Watch 59001
Vacheron Constantin Pocket Watch 59001
S$ 6,912
Seller
Watchcraft Shoppe Ltd.
CA
IWC Schaffhausen, Rare 14K Yellow Gold Pocket Watch, Circa...
IWC Schaffhausen, Rare 14K Yellow Gold Pocket Watch, Circa...
S$ 4,493
Seller
Estates Consignments
 
US
Panerai POCKET WATCH 3 DAYS ORO BIANCO - 50MM Ref. PAM00529
Panerai POCKET WATCH 3 DAYS ORO BIANCO - 50MM Ref. PAM00529
S$ 89,824
Seller
WINGOO WATCHES
163
IT
Dubied Chronometre 1930 Deco pocket watch hunting case 18k gold
Dubied Chronometre 1930 Deco pocket watch hunting case 18k gold
S$ 1,398
Seller
Foto Camera
21
IT
Omega pocket watch, circa 1920.
Omega pocket watch, circa 1920.
S$ 325
Estimated price
Seller
Catawiki BV
 
A. Lange & Söhne Savonette  ALS  1B,  14 Kt,  Top=Wie Neu,...
A. Lange & Söhne Savonette ALS 1B, 14 Kt, Top=Wie Neu,...
S$ 7,974
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Private seller
 
DE
Patek Philippe 百达翡丽怀表 pocket watch
Patek Philippe 百达翡丽怀表 pocket watch
price on request
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羽毫古董鐘錶 (YU HAO TIME)
CN
Patek Philippe Pocket Watch Quarter Repeater 18k Rose Gold...
Patek Philippe Pocket Watch Quarter Repeater 18k Rose Gold...
S$ 23,888
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Bachmann & Scher
 
DE
A 14k R/G Full Hunter Complete Calendar Moonphase Pocket Watch
A 14k R/G Full Hunter Complete Calendar Moonphase Pocket Watch
S$ 6,210
Free shipping
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Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
54
UK
Patek Philippe Pocket Watch Very Rare with Guilloched case...
Patek Philippe Pocket Watch Very Rare with Guilloched case...
S$ 23,944
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Xupes.com
45
UK
Patek Philippe Pocket Watch
Patek Philippe Pocket Watch
S$ 20,045
Free shipping
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Govberg Jewelers
119
US
Vacheron Constantin Pocket Watch 59003
Vacheron Constantin Pocket Watch 59003
S$ 9,331
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Watchcraft Shoppe Ltd.
CA
Swiss Pallas watch, with original cut crystal
Swiss Pallas watch, with original cut crystal
S$ 164
Estimated price
Seller
Catawiki BV
 
IWC BUND Ref. 135-19 Kal. 67
IWC BUND Ref. 135-19 Kal. 67
S$ 2,929
Seller
Private seller
 
DE
Invicta Pocket watch Tasca
Invicta Pocket watch Tasca
S$ 1,375
Seller
Oreficeria Lupetta Srl
IT
Patek Philippe Men's Hunter Pocket Watches Ref.980R-001...
Patek Philippe Men's Hunter Pocket Watches Ref.980R-001...
S$ 18,663
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FeelGoodWatches, Inc.
 
US
A. Lange & Söhne Vintage Pocket Watch Quarter Repeater 14k...
A. Lange & Söhne Vintage Pocket Watch Quarter Repeater 14k...
S$ 50,168
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Bachmann & Scher
 
DE
Patek Philippe Pink Gold Grand Prix Paris 220963
Patek Philippe Pink Gold Grand Prix Paris 220963
S$ 15,947
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MASTROLORENZI S.A.S DI MATTIA MASTROLORENZI & CO.
46
IT
Movado Stainless Steel 15 Jewels Pocket Watch Open Face Swiss
Movado Stainless Steel 15 Jewels Pocket Watch Open Face Swiss
S$ 373
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Porcello Jewelers
 
US
Patek Philippe Gubelin Worldtime Pocket Watch 18k Ref 605hu
Patek Philippe Gubelin Worldtime Pocket Watch 18k Ref 605hu
price on request
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Robert Maron, Inc.
US
Dennison Case 9k Yellow Gold Half Hunter Porcelain Dial Pocket...
Dennison Case 9k Yellow Gold Half Hunter Porcelain Dial Pocket...
S$ 2,218
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Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
54
UK
Swiss watch intended for the German market.
Swiss watch intended for the German market.
S$ 325
Estimated price
Seller
Catawiki BV
 
Movado Boon Chronometer
Movado Boon Chronometer
S$ 812
Seller
Private seller
 
NL
Calame Robert Mans Pocket Watch
Calame Robert Mans Pocket Watch
S$ 887
Seller
joseph-watches.com / Gisbert A. Joseph SLU
221
DE
Elgin Oro 14 kt Tasca
Elgin Oro 14 kt Tasca
S$ 3,564
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Orologeria Massaro
 
IT
H.Moser & Cie. H-Moser & Cie Antique Savonette Enamel...
H.Moser & Cie. H-Moser & Cie Antique Savonette Enamel...
S$ 9,731
Seller
Bachmann & Scher
 
DE
Zenith Pocket Chronograph - Chronographe Compteur
Zenith Pocket Chronograph - Chronographe Compteur
S$ 7,811
Seller
LE MUSE sas
50
IT
Ingersoll IN9008WH Taschenuhr mit Handaufzug 54mm
Ingersoll IN9008WH Taschenuhr mit Handaufzug 54mm
S$ 568
Seller
Timeshop24.de Ltd.
2489
DE
Patek Philippe 18K Solid Yellow Gold Pocket watch Tiffany...
Patek Philippe 18K Solid Yellow Gold Pocket watch Tiffany...
S$ 8,225
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FeelGoodWatches, Inc.
 
US
Waltham 9k Y/G White Roman Dial Half Hunter Vintage Pocket Watch
Waltham 9k Y/G White Roman Dial Half Hunter Vintage Pocket Watch
S$ 1,686
Free shipping
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Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
54
UK
Omega pocket watch - Men's - 1950
Omega pocket watch - Men's - 1950
S$ 366
Estimated price
Seller
Catawiki BV
 
Franck Muller Conquistador Cortez
Franck Muller Conquistador Cortez
S$ 20,404
Seller
Private seller
 
UK
Rolex 1528 Vintage 1940s 44mm Rolled Gold Luxurious Pocket...
Rolex 1528 Vintage 1940s 44mm Rolled Gold Luxurious Pocket...
S$ 9,663
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GMTSKY
144
US
Glashütte Original Assmann Taschenuhr Tula Silber 900/000
Glashütte Original Assmann Taschenuhr Tula Silber 900/000
S$ 4,882
Seller
KLASSISCHE UHREN KRETZSCHMAR
5
DE
Jaeger-LeCoultre Savonette Minute Repeater with Four Bridges...
Jaeger-LeCoultre Savonette Minute Repeater with Four Bridges...
S$ 10,577
Seller
Bachmann & Scher
 
DE
Omega Mans Pocket Watch
Omega Mans Pocket Watch
S$ 1,180
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joseph-watches.com / Gisbert A. Joseph SLU
221
DE
Elgin Diamond 14k Tri Color Gold Pocket Watch Grade 354
Elgin Diamond 14k Tri Color Gold Pocket Watch Grade 354
S$ 968
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Porcello Jewelers
 
US
Patek Philippe Platinum Pocket watch diamond markers with...
Patek Philippe Platinum Pocket watch diamond markers with...
S$ 14,515
Seller
FeelGoodWatches, Inc.
 
US
Waltham 9k Y/G White Arabic Dial Half Hunter Vintage Pocket Watch
Waltham 9k Y/G White Arabic Dial Half Hunter Vintage Pocket Watch
S$ 1,686
Free shipping
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Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
54
UK
Franklin Mint John Deere - collector's pocket watch 2001,
Franklin Mint John Deere - collector's pocket watch 2001,
S$ 138
Estimated price
Seller
Catawiki BV
 
A. Lange  & Söhne Glashütte, DUF Savonette Taschenuhr...
A. Lange & Söhne Glashütte, DUF Savonette Taschenuhr...
S$ 4,882
Seller
Private seller
 
DE
Regent Skelett Taschenuhr mit Kette limited 50 St.
Regent Skelett Taschenuhr mit Kette limited 50 St.
S$ 382
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Sabine Baumeister Internethandel
9
DE
Movado Ermeto
Movado Ermeto
S$ 1,627
Seller
GB Orologi
20
IT
A. Lange & Söhne Lépine 18k Yellow Gold 1B Quality Bj 1877
A. Lange & Söhne Lépine 18k Yellow Gold 1B Quality Bj 1877
S$ 10,658
Seller
Bachmann & Scher
 
DE
Swiss Mans Pocketwatch Minute - Repeater
Swiss Mans Pocketwatch Minute - Repeater
S$ 4,800
Seller
joseph-watches.com / Gisbert A. Joseph SLU
221
DE
Waltham P.s. Bartlett Silveroid Train Pocket Watch
Waltham P.s. Bartlett Silveroid Train Pocket Watch
S$ 180
Seller
Porcello Jewelers
 
US
Vacheron Constantin Pocketwatch Vacheron & Constantin...
Vacheron Constantin Pocketwatch Vacheron & Constantin...
S$ 6,157
Seller
Taleda
218
CH
IWC Schaffhausen Taschenuhr
IWC Schaffhausen Taschenuhr
S$ 2,750
Seller
Uhrenfaktor
41
DE
Zzero Borel Fils & Cie, pocket watch, ca. 1910
Zzero Borel Fils & Cie, pocket watch, ca. 1910
S$ 325
Estimated price
Seller
Catawiki BV
 
chronomètre repetition
chronomètre repetition
S$ 5,145
Seller
Private seller
 
NL
Omega De Ville Taschenuhr - Gold 750 - Cal. 601 - um 1968
Omega De Ville Taschenuhr - Gold 750 - Cal. 601 - um 1968
S$ 2,099
Free shipping
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wagener-gold International e.K.
603
DE
A Gold Plated Porcelain Dial Manual Wind Pocket Watch C1900
A Gold Plated Porcelain Dial Manual Wind Pocket Watch C1900
S$ 843
Free shipping
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Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
54
UK
A. Lange & Söhne , Vintage Pocket Watch Lepin, 1A Quality,...
A. Lange & Söhne , Vintage Pocket Watch Lepin, 1A Quality,...
S$ 11,228
Seller
Bachmann & Scher
 
DE

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.