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Ebel Classic Hexagon Very good Yellow gold 36mm Quartz
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Ebel Classic Hexagon
Iconic Hexagonal Pendant / Pocket Watch Solid Gold
S$7,405
+ S$148 for shipping
Omega Omega Good Steel 56mm Manual winding Singapore, Singapore
Omega
Vintage Omega Rare 56mm Center Second Open Face 2Tone Silvered Dial
S$18,073
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Bovet Fair Silver 55mm Manual winding Singapore, 10 Admiralty Street #05-12 Northlink Building, Singapore 757695
Bovet
Vintage Erotic Automation Cloisonne Pocket Watch
S$8,000
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Patek Philippe Very good 46.5mm Manual winding
Patek Philippe
Five Minute Repeating Split Seconds Chronograph Pocket Watch
S$58,389
+ S$138 for shipping
Good 56,5mm Manual winding
Magnificent 18K Gold Minute Repeater HC pocket watch with Originalbox lavishly decorated case
S$9,501
+ S$276 for shipping
Audemars Piguet 25701PT.OO.0000XX.03 Very good Platinum 52mm Manual winding
Audemars Piguet
Platinum Grand Complication Pocket Watch ref. 25701PT
S$340,604
+ S$174 for shipping
Citizen NJ0080-50E New Steel 42mmmm Automatic Singapore, Singapore
Citizen
Automatic Silver Stainless Steel Strap Men Watch Nj0080-50e
S$355
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Patek Philippe Gondolo Very good Rose gold 54mm Manual winding
Patek Philippe Gondolo
Chronometro Gondolo Chronograph
S$34,137
+ S$175 for shipping
Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch 3597.11 Very good Steel 42mm Manual winding
Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch
Apollo 7
S$24,093
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Ebel Good White gold 34mm Manual winding
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Ebel
White Gold Gondole Dress / Pocket Watch like Cartier
S$6,664
+ S$148 for shipping
Patek Philippe Vintage PATEK PHILIPPE POCKET WATCH Good Yellow gold 53mm Manual winding Singapore, Singapore
Patek Philippe Vintage
Rare Vintage Yellow Gold Minute Repeating Hunter-Case Pocket Watch from 1880
S$120,115
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Gold Pocket Watch
S$1,018
+ S$145 for shipping
Patek Philippe 600/1R Very good Rose gold 44.5mm
Patek Philippe
Pink Gold Enamel And Ruby Open Face Pocket Watch Ref. 600/1r
S$62,560
+ S$138 for shipping
A. Lange & Söhne Very good Red gold 52mm Manual winding
A. Lange & Söhne
amp; Söhne rare Antimagnetic Fist Quality 18K Gold Hunter Case pocket watch
S$21,782
+ S$276 for shipping
Patek Philippe Very good Red gold 48mm Manual winding
Patek Philippe
Rose Gold Ultra-Slim Pocket Watch
S$11,122
+ S$174 for shipping
Zenith Good Silver 51mm Manual winding
Zenith
Oignon
S$740
+ S$222 for shipping
Zenith Pocket watch Good Steel 45mm Manual winding
Zenith
Pocket
S$1,096
+ S$37 for shipping
Waltham Waltham Very good Yellow gold Manual winding
Waltham
No. 610
S$4,449
+ S$277 for shipping
IWC Very good Yellow gold 49mm Manual winding
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IWC
Open Face Pocket Watch
S$2,772
+ S$148 for shipping
Audemars Piguet AUDEMARS PIGUET Very good Yellow gold 50mm Manual winding Singapore, Singapore
Audemars Piguet
Minute Repeater Perpetual Calendar Moon Phase and Leap Year Pocket Watch
S$120,115
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IWC Very good Yellow gold 51mm Manual winding
IWC
Schaffhausen Pocket Watch 18Kt Gold
S$4,093
+ S$175 for shipping
Patek Philippe Very good Yellow gold 45mm
Patek Philippe
Yellow Gold And Enamel Gentleman’s Pocket Watch
S$27,804
+ S$138 for shipping
Very good Rose gold 58mm Manual winding
Henri Stauffer Grande Sonnerie self strike in Quality Extra 18K Gold lavishly dekorated HC pocket watch
S$21,782
+ S$276 for shipping
Patek Philippe Very good Yellow gold 42.5mm Manual winding
Patek Philippe
Yellow Gold Pocket Watch with Original Paperwork
S$10,427
+ S$174 for shipping
Chopard 10A386-5111 New Rose gold 30.5mm Automatic
Chopard
NEW UNWORN BOX + PAPERS Chopard L'Heure Du Diamant Green Malachite Dial Watch 10A386-5111
S$77,852
+ S$138 for shipping
18.01 H41 Very good Titanium 40mm Automatic
Ming Diver 18.01 H41
S$7,345
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Maurice Lacroix Masterpiece Squelette 16180 Very good Steel 52mm Manual winding
Maurice Lacroix Masterpiece Squelette
Skeleton Taschenuhr Ref: 16180 52mm
S$1,162
+ S$86 for shipping
Tissot Very good Yellow gold 48mm Manual winding
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Tissot
Art Deco Sector Dial Amagnetic Pocket Watch
S$2,444
+ S$148 for shipping
Audemars Piguet AUDEMARS PIGUET POCKET WATCH Very good White gold 48mm Manual winding Singapore, Singapore
Audemars Piguet
Rare Audemars Piguet Skeleton Pocket Watch in White Gold from 1970s.
S$47,407
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Omega Very good Steel 47,3mm Manual winding
Omega
Pocket Watch Two tone original Dial year 1935
S$1,170
+ S$175 for shipping

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Patek Philippe Very good Yellow gold 46.5mm
Patek Philippe
Split Seconds Pocket Watch With Breguet Numbers
S$25,719
+ S$138 for shipping
Good Rose gold 53mm Manual winding
Jaccard amp; Cie Geneve/LeCoultre Jaccard amp; Cie/LeCoultre Astronomical Minute Repeater Full Calendar in 18K Gold case
S$14,180
+ S$276 for shipping
Ulysse Nardin 385449 Good Steel 47mm Manual winding
Ulysse Nardin
antique
S$2,266
+ S$175 for shipping
Michael Kors New Steel 39mm Quartz Singapore, Singapore
Michael Kors
Darci Mk3203 Women's Watch
S$355
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Jaeger-LeCoultre Very good Yellow gold 60mm Manual winding
Jaeger-LeCoultre
Taschenuhr Minutenrepetition
S$8,041
+ S$175 for shipping
Longines Longines pocket watch Very good Yellow gold 45mm Quartz
Longines
Pocket Watch Longines
S$7,221
+ S$138 for shipping
Longines Very good Rose gold 45mm Manual winding
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Stunning Dial Open Face 18K Rose Gold Pocket Watch
S$3,850
+ S$148 for shipping
Audemars Piguet AUDEMARS PIGUET Very good White gold 46mm Manual winding Singapore, Singapore
Audemars Piguet
Perpetual Calendar Moon Phase Pocket Watch in White Gold from 1920
S$41,985
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Patek Philippe Minute Repeater Patek Philippe Pocket watch minute repeater Very good Rose gold 52mm Manual winding
Patek Philippe Minute Repeater
Pocket Watch / Taschenuhr Minute-Repeater Porcelain-Dial Frank F Bonnet Columbus .O.
S$36,534
+ S$528 for shipping
Patek Philippe 752 Very good Yellow gold 48mm
Patek Philippe
Yellow Gold Pocket Watch Ref. 752
S$20,853
+ S$138 for shipping
A. Lange & Söhne Very good Yellow gold 52mm Manual winding
A. Lange & Söhne
amp; Söhne 1A Qualität 18K Gold Herrensavonnette mit Zertifikat
S$14,180
+ S$276 for shipping
Omega Fair Steel 48mm Automatic
Omega
Acier #34;Staybrite"
S$1,096
+ S$175 for shipping
Luminox LM3149 New Steel 44 mmmm Quartz Singapore, Singapore
Luminox
Pacific Diver Lm3149 Orange Rubber Strap Men Watch
S$854
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IWC Good Yellow gold 48mm Manual winding
IWC
Taschenuhr Jugendstil mit Emaille BJ.1928
S$4,167
+ S$132 for shipping
Vacheron Constantin Overseas 4300V/120G-B945 New White gold 41.5mm Automatic
Vacheron Constantin Overseas
X43GB945 Overseas Perpetual Calendar Ultra Thin 41.5mm W/G 2022 Full Set
S$248,531
+ S$115 for shipping
Universal Genève 856105 Very good Steel 41mm Manual winding
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Universal Genève
Ultra Thin Pocket Watch Steel amp; Dapper Style
S$1,185
+ S$148 for shipping
Audemars Piguet audemars piguet Very good Yellow gold 45mm Manual winding Singapore, Singapore
Audemars Piguet
Open Face Minute Repeater Time Only Pocket Watch
S$66,731
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CR 13545.L Very good 45mm Manual winding
Comor Chronograph
S$3,289
+ S$189 for shipping
Patek Philippe 974/31J Very good Yellow gold 44mm
Patek Philippe
Yellow Gold Miniature Enamel Open Face Pocket Watch ‘blue Macaw’ Ref. 974/31j
Price on request
+ S$138 for shipping
Patek Philippe Chronograph Very good Yellow gold 50mm Manual winding
Patek Philippe Chronograph
in chronometer quality 18K Gold valuable gent's pocket watch
S$10,218
+ S$276 for shipping
Vacheron Constantin Vacheron constantin Very good
Vacheron Constantin
Pocket jumping hour 1820
Price on request
+ S$44 for shipping
Edox ED80112-3NM-BUI New Steel 42mmmm Automatic Singapore, Singapore
Edox
Skydiver Automatic Ed80112-3nm-bui Men's Watch
S$1,073
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Omega Very good Yellow gold Manual winding
Omega
Pocket Watch Omega Vintage Yellow Gold 14kt Weight 38gr
S$3,702
+ S$86 for shipping
Jaeger-LeCoultre Very good Yellow gold 39.5mm Manual winding
Jaeger-LeCoultre
Taschenuhr mit Kette 18K
S$3,655
+ S$132 for shipping
Jaeger-LeCoultre 1911 Very good Rose gold 40mm Manual winding
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Jaeger-LeCoultre
Pendant / Pocket Watch
S$4,443
+ S$148 for shipping
Vacheron Constantin Ref.6593 Good Yellow gold 48mm Manual winding Singapore, Singapore
Vacheron Constantin
Oversize Open Face Ref.6593 18K Solid Yellow Gold Pocket Watch
S$5,700
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Citizen BN0159-15X New Steel 44mmmm Quartz Singapore, Singapore
Citizen
Bn0159-15x Red Dial Polyurethane Black Strap Men's Watch
S$327
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Patek Philippe Very good Platinum 44mm
Patek Philippe
Elegant Platinum Pocket Watch
S$20,853
+ S$138 for shipping
Very good 45mm Manual winding
Agassiz rare 14k gold pocket watch witch central second wooden Box
S$3,653
+ S$247 for shipping
A. Lange & Söhne Grand Lange 1 Unworn Red gold 56mm Manual winding
A. Lange & Söhne Grand Lange 1
amp; Söhne Große Schwere Taschenuhr 18k Gold Qualität 1A Original Box und Zertifikat 1900
S$21,637
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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.