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Patek Philippe Very good Yellow gold Manual winding
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Patek Philippe Attributed Early Red Diamond Enamel Lapel...
S$ 5,426
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Audemars Piguet Unworn Rose gold 42mm Manual winding
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Audemars Piguet Pocket Rare 1880s Large Mens 42mm Double...
S$ 10,715
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27
US
Omega Omega Very good Rose gold 49mm Manual winding
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Omega 14K Gold Pocket watch taschenuhr from 1914
S$ 2,135
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56
HU
Bovet Fair Silver 55mm Manual winding Singapore, 10 Admiralty Street #05-12 Northlink Building, Singapore 757695
Bovet Vintage Erotic Automation Cloisonne Pocket Watch
S$ 11,677
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197171 Good Silver 52mm Manual winding
Patent 4900 Schweiz Patent 4900 Taschenuhr+Chronograph
S$ 443
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DE
Audemars Piguet 35780BA/000 Very good Yellow gold 37mm Manual winding
Audemars Piguet Manual Wind Yellow Gold Pocket Watch
S$ 10,758
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UK
218115 Good 52mm Manual winding
unbekannt Taschenuhr fine silver
S$ 229
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DE
Patek Philippe Very good Yellow gold Manual winding
Patek Philippe Hunter Pocket Watch
Price on request
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66
BE
Very good Yellow gold 50mm Manual winding
Rueff Freres Full Hunter Minute Repeater Pocket Watch
S$ 5,827
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470
UK
Chopard 3027 New Yellow gold Quartz
Chopard Taschenuhr 63
S$ 2,899
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28
AT
IWC iwc Fair Yellow gold 48.30mm Manual winding
IWC pocket watch
S$ 7,599
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5
NL
IWC Cal. 32 Very good Yellow gold 48mm Manual winding
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IWC Cal 32 14K gold Pocket watch from 1885
S$ 4,271
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56
HU
Omega Good Steel 50mm Manual winding
Omega Water-resistant Étanche Pocket Watch, Ref. CK 1064-3, 1940
S$ 2,487
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10
CH
Very good Rose gold Manual winding
Joseph Wöhrle, Friedberg Schwere Deutsche Rokoko 18k Gold Dose...
S$ 34,333
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16
DE
Patek Philippe Good Yellow gold 47mm Manual winding
Patek Philippe 18K Yellow Gold Hand-Winding 21S 47mm 1908...
S$ 8,105
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22
US
Jaeger-LeCoultre Very good Yellow gold
Jaeger-LeCoultre Jaeger Le Coultre 18K 1950 rare
S$ 2,289
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40
CH
Vacheron Constantin ref11411 Good Rose gold Manual winding
Vacheron Constantin Jumping hour pocket watch
S$ 6,044,336
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KR
Good Rose gold 57mm Manual winding
Unbranded Complete Calendar Full Hunter Pocket Watch
S$ 10,310
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470
UK
Chopard U3022/1 New Yellow gold Manual winding
Chopard Taschenuhr 89 Savonette graviert
S$ 2,869
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28
AT
Van Der Bauwede 12776 New Steel Quartz
Van Der Bauwede GT Evolution
S$ 3,693
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5
NL
Very good 49.3mm
Antique Elgin 575 15 Jewels Pocket Watch 10K Rolled Gold Plate
S$ 343
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US
Longines New Yellow gold 48mm Manual winding
Longines Tasca
S$ 6,867
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29
IT
Good Steel 79mm Manual winding
Swiss Übergroße 8 Tage Taschenuhr Regulator Zifferblatt...
S$ 2,823
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16
DE
Patek Philippe Gondolo Fair Yellow gold Manual winding
Patek Philippe GONDOLO
S$ 6,485
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83
PT
Girard Perregaux Very good
Girard Perregaux COLLECTOR MONTRE DE POCHE
S$ 1,205
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40
CH
Rolex Very good Yellow gold 52mm Manual winding
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Rolex Pocket
S$ 6,104
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IT
Vacheron Constantin 1270 Very good White gold 31mm Manual winding
Vacheron Constantin Pendant Pocket Watch Lapis 1270
S$ 9,413
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470
UK
Waltham Very good Gold/Steel Manual winding
Waltham No. 618
S$ 578
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99
SE
Union Glashütte Very good Red gold 56mm Manual winding
Union Glashütte 1A Savonette
S$ 11,933
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346
DE
Very good 35.9mm
Vintage Rolex Cellini 14K Gold Bronze Dial Pocket Watch Ref.3718
S$ 3,015
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Patek Philippe 980G-010 Very good White gold 48mm Manual winding
Patek Philippe 980G-010 White Gold Hunter Pocket Watch 48MM...
S$ 35,579
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422
US
Good 52mm Manual winding
Auguste Saltzman 18k Gold Präzisions Taschenuhr 1860 Original...
S$ 7,477
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16
DE
Chopard Very good Yellow gold 41,8mm Manual winding
Chopard Frack- Uhr- 2 Deckel Gold 18K/750 Gelbgold - mit Kette
S$ 4,254
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46
DE
Patek Philippe Chronograph Good Yellow gold 51mm Manual winding
Patek Philippe Special Chronometer Grade, Large 51 mm 18K...
S$ 6,855
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47
US
Patek Philippe 261161 Very good Yellow gold 53mm Manual winding
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Patek Philippe Da tasca. Meccanismo n 153236
S$ 5,997
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IT
Good Yellow gold 48mm Manual winding
L'Aiglon Vintage Pocket Watch Gold
S$ 4,034
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470
UK
Hebdomas Good Steel 48mm Manual winding
Hebdomas 8-days
S$ 650
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99
SE
IWC IWC International Watch Co. Schaffhausen Very good Yellow gold Manual winding
IWC Open Face
S$ 3,434
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US
Very good 41.7mm
Antique 18K White Gold The Sun Co. Chronometer Pocket Watch
S$ 2,054
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US
Waltham WALTHAM Pocket watch K14 Good Yellow gold 43.0mm Manual winding
Waltham Pocket watch K14
S$ 2,196
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8
JP
Good Silver 52mm Manual winding
Swiss Tachymeter Chronograph 1880 Niello silver Tula Taschenuhr
S$ 1,511
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16
DE
Movado Good Manual winding
Movado Vintage Savonette TASCHENUHR 2 Deckel Gold 14K/585 Papiere
S$ 3,050
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46
DE
Rolex Oyster Precision Very good Yellow gold 45mm Manual winding
Rolex Ultra Rare 18K Precision Chronometer from the 1960's
S$ 9,547
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47
US
Ulysse Nardin 55818-16785-B1 Very good Yellow gold 53mm Manual winding
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Ulysse Nardin tasca
S$ 11,368
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IT
Rolex Prince 1561 Good 50mm Manual winding
Rolex Pocket Watch Vintage Sporting Prince 1561
S$ 8,875
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470
UK
Omega 6085160 Very good Silver Manual winding
Omega from 1914
S$ 752
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99
SE
Omega Very good Yellow gold 52mm
Omega Pocketwatch Chronometre Gold 585 14K Taschenuhr
S$ 5,188
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6
DE
Very good 50.5mm
Antique Mid-19th Century Harold & Co. London 18K Gold Fusee...
S$ 3,427
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US
Doxa Very good 70mm Manual winding
Doxa Eisenbahneruhr mit Reitergravur
S$ 1,450
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150
AT
Very good Red gold 44mm Manual winding
Barancourt , Michel-Pierre à Paris Gold Emalie Spindeluhr mit...
S$ 15,229
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16
DE
Tiffany Very good Yellow gold 35mm Manual winding
Tiffany Antique Tiffany & Co 18K Gold Pearl Diamond Triple...
S$ 9,616
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389
US
A. Lange & Söhne Good Yellow gold 54mm Manual winding
A. Lange & Söhne Prime Quality 18k Hunter Case Pocket Watch,...
S$ 7,542
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47
US
Good Yellow gold 51mmmm Manual winding
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Robert Roskell Liverpool 18k ornate pocket watch, 1825
S$ 8,947
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UK
Jaeger-LeCoultre Very good Yellow gold 39mm Manual winding
Jaeger-LeCoultre Pendant Pocket Watch
S$ 5,827
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470
UK
Omega Omega Pocket Watch 24h dial Good Silver Manual winding
Omega 24h dial
S$ 1,736
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99
SE
Very good Yellow gold 53mm Manual winding
Hiram Watch Co 14K Gold Triangular Masonic pocket watch
S$ 4,000
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23
CA
Very good 42.1mm
Antique Dreicer & Co Platinum & Diamond Pocket Watch 19 Jewel...
S$ 2,603
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17104 Poor 55.5mm Manual winding
J. C Schweizer Hofuhrmacher Munchen Pocket Watch ALARM Wecker...
S$ 534
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108
CH
Good Yellow gold 46mm Manual winding
Walker & co London Sign. 22k Gold Repoussé Gehäuse Spindeluhr...
S$ 7,599
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DE
Omega Very good White gold 44mm Manual winding
Omega Vintage Men's Omega 585% 14K White Gold Silver 17J 44mm...
S$ 2,061
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389
US
Patek Philippe Very good Yellow gold 33.5mm
Patek Philippe Rare 18K Demi Hunter 33mm Pendant Pocket Watch
S$ 4,107
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47
US
13761 Very good Rose gold 50mm Manual winding
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Eppner & Company Switzerland Gent's, 14k rose gold, pendant...
S$ 1,895
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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.