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Audemars Piguet Unworn Rose gold 42mm Manual winding
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Audemars Piguet Rare 1880s Large Mens 42mm Double Enamel...
AED 28,246
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25
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Cartier Very good Yellow gold 32.5mm Manual winding
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Cartier High Quality Late 1800s 18kt Enamel Open Face Pocketwatch
AED 18,831
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25
US
Patek Philippe Very good Yellow gold Manual winding
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Patek Philippe Attributed Early Red Diamond Enamel Lapel...
AED 16,948
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25
US
Patek Philippe Very good Yellow gold 42mm Manual winding
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Patek Philippe 1830 Hunting Case Enamel "Flower Girl"Motif...
AED 24,480
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25
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Hamilton Railroad Good Gold/Steel 47mm Manual winding
Hamilton Electric Railway Special Grade 974
AED 1,036
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A. Lange & Söhne Very good Red gold Manual winding
A. Lange & Söhne Taschenuhr
AED 52,138
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334
DE
Elgin Good White gold
Elgin . Reloj de bolsillo de caballero, lepine y remontoir....
AED 2,294
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45
ES
749135 Unworn Steel 40mm Manual winding
Raketa 2609.HA Soviet mechanical watches made in the USSR
AED 1,126
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RU
Good Yellow gold 44mm Manual winding
Philadelphia Watch Case Co. pocket watch 4000 18k White dial...
AED 14,688
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13
US
Audemars Piguet 1 Unworn Yellow gold Manual winding UAE, DUBAI
Audemars Piguet classique
AED 263,630
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AE
Longines Fair Steel 52mm Manual winding
Longines Pocket Watch Pulsation Dial
AED 1,729
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CA
A. Lange & Söhne Very good Yellow gold 53mm Manual winding
A. Lange & Söhne 1A Quality almost as new HC pocket watch with...
AED 35,449
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117
DE
Good 58mm Manual winding
Charles Carbier I 1710 Oignon Spindeluhr Taschenuhr Werksvergl...
AED 24,609
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14
DE
Longines 2394772 Very good Yellow gold Manual winding
Longines 4 Grands Prix
AED 19,961
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10
US
Waltham waltham 1892 Good Steel Manual winding
Waltham Vanguard 1892 Railroad Model
AED 753
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US
Bovet 583 Good Silver 55mm
Bovet . Reloj de Bolsillo de Alta Colección, Chinesse. Escape...
AED 16,684
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45
ES
Patek Philippe Chronograph Very good Silver Manual winding
Patek Philippe VERY RARE SILVER OPENFACE STOP WATCH CHRONOGRAP...
AED 53,806
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36
PL
Omega Omega pocketwatch Type Art Deco 1923 Good Aluminum 49mm Manual winding
Omega Art Deco
AED 1,648
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35
BE
Piaget 676065 Good Yellow gold
Piaget Pocket Watch (C24-103-I)
AED 12,805
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10
US
Good Steel 49mm Manual winding
damas pocket watch
AED 792
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400
NL
144 grams Good Silver 56,5mm Manual winding
Jacot enamel quater repeater gent's pocket watch
AED 14,177
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117
DE
Omega Good Yellow gold 54mm Manual winding
Omega Chronometer DDR Grade Very best 18k Gold World Time 1916
AED 38,790
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14
DE
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph 26470ST.OO.A101CR.01 New Steel 42mm Automatic
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph
AED 76,420
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CH
Sothis South Bend 227 Fair Yellow gold Manual winding
Sothis Model 2 Grade 227 Rail Road Pocket Watch
AED 1,130
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US
Good 11mm
Hles Pickard & Ad Punant. Reloj de Pared con máquina París....
AED 1,376
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45
ES
Patek Philippe VERY BIG 56mm Very good Rose gold
Patek Philippe OPEN FACE POCKET WATCH ROSE GOLD MADE IN 1902-...
AED 36,705
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36
PL
Omega Omega pocketwatch Gold case 18Kt 21gr Very good Yellow gold 45mm Manual winding
Omega Pocketwatch Gold case 18kt 21gr
AED 7,508
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35
BE
Breguet Very good Red gold 50mm Manual winding
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Breguet Rare Breguet pocket watch authentic gold 18k full hunter
AED 83,420
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US
Junghans Good Steel 50mm Manual winding
Junghans pocket watch
AED 2,503
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400
NL
IWC Very good Yellow gold 52mm Manual winding
IWC Schaffhausen Antimagnetic 14K gold gent's HC pocket watch
AED 11,675
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117
DE
Good Silver 58mm Automatic
Julien Le Roy Museale Onion Spindeluhr ¼ Repetition 1715...
AED 38,624
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14
DE
Good Rose gold 57mm Manual winding
Unbranded Complete Calendar Full Hunter Pocket Watch
AED 28,468
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458
UK
Audemars Piguet 25701PT.OO.0000XX.03 Very good Platinum 52mm Manual winding
Audemars Piguet Platinum Grand Complication Pocket Watch, ref....
AED 1,035,690
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35
US
Union Glashütte Very good Red gold 56mm Manual winding
Union Glashütte 1A Savonette
AED 32,617
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329
DE
Patek Philippe Chronograph Very good Silver Manual winding
Patek Philippe VERY RARE SILVER OPENFACE STOP WATCH CHRONOGRAP...
AED 53,806
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36
PL
Pocketwatch Gold 18kt 8gr Good Red gold 32mm Manual winding
Gold Pocketwatch 18kt 8gr
AED 1,251
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35
BE
Rolex Very good Yellow gold 52mm Manual winding
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Rolex Pocket
AED 16,684
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IT
Very good Yellow gold 59mm Manual winding
andere Marke Heure Chronometre Répétition Taschenuhr 585er...
AED 16,680
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558
DE
Patent 30754 Very good Silver 53mm Manual winding
Mobilis Minute Tourbillon in a rare magnificent Niello Silver...
AED 23,775
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117
DE
A. Lange & Söhne Unworn Rose gold 52mm Manual winding
A. Lange & Söhne Taschenuhr Savonette Neuwertig Box Certifikat...
AED 23,358
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14
DE
Very good Silver 60mm Manual winding
Edward Prior Triple Case
AED 11,140
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458
UK
Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar 725/2 Very good Yellow gold 46mm Manual winding
Patek Philippe Yellow Gold Perpetual Calendar Pocket Watch
AED 225,969
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35
US
IWC N/A Good Yellow gold 45mm Manual winding
IWC Vintage Turler Pocket Watch Yellow Gold N/A - COM786
AED 12,868
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280
UK
Vacheron Constantin Good Red gold 53mm Manual winding
Vacheron Constantin Pocket Watch
AED 12,240
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223
US
Fair 43mm Manual winding
Roskkopf G.Rosskopf Patent
AED 292
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35
BE
Patek Philippe 261161 Very good Yellow gold 53mm Manual winding
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Patek Philippe Da tasca. Meccanismo n 153236
AED 16,392
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IT
Very good Manual winding
DEUTSCHE PRÄZISIONSUHR
AED 7,716
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334
DE
Zenith Good Manual winding
Zenith Chronometer Grand Prix Paris 1900, power reserve...
AED 10,632
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117
DE
Good Silver 59mm Manual winding
Jacob Rodet London Barocke Oignon Spindeluhr 1700 Taschenuhr
AED 15,850
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14
DE
Very good Yellow gold 52mm Manual winding
Rare World Time Full Calendar Pocket Watch
AED 51,986
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458
UK
Hamilton Very good Yellow gold 44.5mm Manual winding
Hamilton ハミルトン 懐中時計 アンティークK14YG 手巻 HAMILTON【中古】ランクA《返品可》【質屋出品】...
AED 5,022
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JP
IWC Good Yellow gold 49mm Manual winding
IWC Schaffhausen, Rare 14K Yellow Gold Pocket Watch, Circa 1905
AED 9,773
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137
US
Patek Philippe 89578 Very good Rose gold 46mm Manual winding
Patek Philippe 18k Rose Gold Pocket Watch 89578 Very Rare...
AED 33,876
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113
US
Pocketwatch Breguet Style Gold Case 18kt 5gr Good Yellow gold 32mm Manual winding
Gold Pocketwatch 5gr Breguet type
AED 1,460
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35
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Ulysse Nardin 55818-16785-B1 Very good Yellow gold 53mm Manual winding
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Ulysse Nardin tasca
AED 31,074
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IT
Movado Movado 14kt gold Good Yellow gold Quartz
Movado 74E79882
AED 14,500
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US
Very good Rose gold 46,5mm Manual winding
Audemars Freres with split seconds Chronograph "Rattrapante"...
AED 11,466
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117
DE
Good Yellow gold 52mm Manual winding
Lepaute a Paris 20k gold ¼ Repetition Taschenuhr 1798-1809
AED 28,780
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14
DE
Very good Yellow gold 50mm Manual winding
Rueff Freres Full Hunter Minute Repeater Pocket Watch
AED 16,091
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458
UK
Hamilton Hamilton 3992B Very good 68mm Manual winding
Hamilton British Military Hamilton 3992B Navigation Master Watch
AED 9,159
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Audemars Piguet Very good White gold 42mm Manual winding
Audemars Piguet White Gold Pocket Watch, with British Soccer...
AED 20,714
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35
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Patek Philippe Golden Ellipse Good Yellow gold 47mm Manual winding
Patek Philippe Ellipse Pocket Watch
AED 30,129
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27
US
FOB PARIS R50 Silver New Steel 50mm Automatic
FOB PARIS R50 Silver pocket watch
AED 1,990
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SE
Good Yellow gold 51mmmm Manual winding
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Robert Roskell Liverpool 18k ornate pocket watch, 1825
AED 24,706
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UK
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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.