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IWC IWC Ref. 244 Very good Yellow gold 43mm Manual winding
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IWC 18K Gold Cal 95 Pocket watch from 1959
AED 7,946
Verified Dealer
78
HU
Philip Stein Teslar 1038214 Unworn Steel Quartz UAE, Dubai
Philip Stein TESLAR WITH DIAMONDS RED STRAP LEATHER -SMALL
AED 6,450
Private Seller
 
AE
Waltham Very good Yellow gold 54mm Manual winding
Waltham 14k Yellow Gold Box Hinge Pocket Watch
AED 13,342
Verified Dealer
173
US
Bulgari Lucea 102260 LUP33BGDGD New Rose gold 33mm Automatic UAE, Al Wasl, Jumeira 1, Dubai
Bulgari LVCEA
AED 88,435
Verified Dealer
14
AE
Fair 45mm Manual winding
Tiffany & Co. Desk Alarm Clock Brass Manual Wind - FOR PARTS /...
AED 572
Free shipping
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29
US
431055 Unworn 50mm Manual winding
Molnija 3602 Soviet mechanical watches made in the USSR
AED 727
Private Seller
RU
Very good Yellow gold 52mm Manual winding
Rare World Time Full Calendar Pocket Watch
AED 45,460
Free shipping
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504
UK
Audemars Piguet 1 Unworn Yellow gold Manual winding UAE, DUBAI
Audemars Piguet classique
AED 266,830
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AE
50mm Manual winding
ウォルサム 懐中時計 アンティーク 1945年頃金張 手巻【中古】A【質屋出品】WALTHAM
AED 2,447
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66
JP
Vacheron Constantin Very good Yellow gold 60mm Manual winding
Vacheron Constantin Prunksavonette 18ct Gold Napoleon 153 g
AED 523,035
Verified Dealer
25
DE
Patek Philippe 980G-010 Very good White gold 48mm Manual winding
Patek Philippe 980G-010 White Gold Hunter Pocket Watch 48MM...
AED 64,420
Verified Dealer
488
US
Tiffany Good 43mm
Tiffany 懐中時計
AED 19,141
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JP
Waltham Very good 49mm
Waltham tripla cassa oro 14 kt art. Ts48
AED 4,674
Verified Dealer
396
IT
Giuliano Mazzuoli MPWPGM02 Unworn Steel 27mm Quartz
Giuliano Mazzuoli Manometrino Pocket Watch Black PVD
AED 4,574
Verified Dealer
91
US
Breguet Very good Red gold 50mm Manual winding
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Breguet Rare Breguet pocket watch authentic gold 18k full hunter
AED 83,686
Private Seller
 
US
Jaeger-LeCoultre 9104 Very good White gold 42mm Manual winding
Jaeger-LeCoultre Full Hunter Pocket Watch 9104
AED 16,086
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
504
UK
Elgin H. H. Taylor Unworn Yellow gold 55mm Manual winding
Elgin 14K Multicolor Hunting Case Model H. H. Taylor
AED 46,867
Verified Dealer
34
US
Hamilton 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 5,083
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66
JP
A. Lange & Söhne Very good Yellow gold Manual winding
A. Lange & Söhne 18ct GOLD - 1A QUALITÄT - KRÜSSMANN - ORIG. ZERT
AED 46,027
Verified Dealer
25
DE
Jaeger-LeCoultre Very good Manual winding
Jaeger-LeCoultre & Cie 18K Gold Minute Repeater Pocket Watch...
AED 13,964
Verified Dealer
 
UK
IWC Good Yellow gold
IWC Tasca 18 Kt. Cal.52 gr.82,6
AED 7,113
Verified Dealer
8
IT
Very good 45mm Manual winding
Agassiz rare 14k gold pocket watch witch central second,...
AED 10,457
Verified Dealer
132
DE
Giuliano Mazzuoli MPW01 Very good Steel 27mm Quartz
Giuliano Mazzuoli Manometrino Pocket Watch
AED 4,384
Verified Dealer
91
US
Vacheron Constantin ref11411 Good Rose gold Manual winding
Vacheron Constantin Jumping hour pocket watch
AED 16,772,190
Private Seller
KR
Vacheron Constantin Very good Rose gold 48mm Manual winding
Vacheron Constantin Full Hunter Pocket Watch
AED 18,417
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
504
UK
Hamilton Railroad Hamilton 950 14K Railroad Pocket Watch Unworn Yellow gold 49mm Manual winding
Hamilton 950 14K (0.585) RARE Pendant Set Model
AED 12,560
Verified Dealer
34
US
Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar 725/2 Very good Yellow gold 46mm Manual winding
Patek Philippe Yellow Gold Perpetual Calendar Pocket Watch
AED 228,712
Verified Dealer
52
US
IWC Very good Yellow gold 60mm Manual winding
IWC Prunktaschenuhr Museale Qualität Einzelstück Selten
AED 523,035
Verified Dealer
25
DE
3-D-567080 New Yellow gold 46mm Manual winding
Degussa Limited Edition Taschenuhr
AED 27,951
Verified Dealer
 
DE
Fair 50mm Manual winding
J.Rimiler Paris Kalender um 1880
AED 6,695
Verified Dealer
66
DE
Very good Yellow gold Manual winding
Badollet Rare 1/4 répétion minute 18k révision complète
AED 12,511
Verified Dealer
47
CH
Good 54mm
K. Serkisoff & Co 800 Silber Savonette Osmanische Taschenuhr...
AED 2,301
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270
DE
Elgin 6993633 Very good Yellow gold 50mm Manual winding
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Elgin pocket watch serial number: 6993633 model 6, class 33,...
AED 10,461
Private Seller
 
CH
Rolex Prince 1561 Good 50mm Manual winding
Rolex Pocket Watch Vintage Sporting Prince 1561
AED 23,079
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
504
UK
Elgin Elgin 14K (0.585) Pocket Watch Unworn Yellow gold 47mm Manual winding
Elgin 14K (0.585) Multicolor Dial
AED 9,511
Verified Dealer
34
US
Audemars Piguet 25701PT.OO.0000XX.03 Very good Platinum 52mm Manual winding
Audemars Piguet Platinum Grand Complication Pocket Watch, ref....
AED 1,048,262
Verified Dealer
52
US
A. Lange & Söhne Very good Yellow gold Manual winding
A. Lange & Söhne Taschenuhr 1a Qualität 3 Deckel 18ct ...
AED 52,304
Verified Dealer
25
DE
A. Lange & Söhne 1A Very good Yellow gold 50mm Manual winding
A. Lange & Söhne Antique Savonette 1A Quality 18k Yellow Gold...
AED 45,734
Verified Dealer
304
DE
Omega Fair Steel 51mm Manual winding
Omega Pocket watch
AED 2,092
Verified Dealer
91
IT
Gübelin Very good 50mm Manual winding
Gübelin World Timer Pocket Watch in 14K Gold-Filled
AED 6,671
Verified Dealer
155
US
11575 Yellow gold 29mm Manual winding
Miscellaneous Yerri
AED 1,715
Verified Dealer
400
US
Patek Philippe 48530 Very good Rose gold Manual winding
TOP
Patek Philippe
AED 25,883
Private Seller
 
HU
Very good Yellow gold 47mm Manual winding
Full Hunter Quarter Repeater Pocket Watch
AED 11,656
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
504
UK
Series III 18K Hunting Case Unworn Yellow gold 58mm Manual winding
Howard 18K 18/20 Size Key Wind Key Set
AED 46,867
Verified Dealer
34
US
Girard Perregaux Very good
Girard Perregaux COLLECTOR MONTRE DE POCHE
AED 2,469
Verified Dealer
47
CH
A. Lange & Söhne Very good Yellow gold Manual winding
A. Lange & Söhne Glashütte 1a Taschenuhr 18ct Aussenscharnier
AED 53,559
Verified Dealer
25
DE
Omega CK1064-7 Very good Steel 50.5mm Manual winding
Omega Vintage Water-Resistant Lépine Étanche Pocket Watch...
AED 9,540
Verified Dealer
304
DE
A. Lange & Söhne Very good Rose gold 51mm Manual winding
A. Lange & Söhne 1A Qualitat 18K Rosé-Gold Taschenuhr, seltene...
AED 28,867
Verified Dealer
132
DE
Good 45.8mm Manual winding
Pateck & Cie 800 Silber / Gold Mantel Open Face Taschenuhr...
AED 3,557
Verified Dealer
270
DE
Jaquet-Droz Unworn Rose gold 50mm Manual winding
Jaquet-Droz The Pocket Watch Grande Seconde 50mm j080033003
AED 83,251
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
561
US
Ulysse Nardin 55818-16785-B1 Very good Yellow gold 53mm Manual winding
TOP
Ulysse Nardin tasca
AED 31,173
Private Seller
 
IT
Cartier Good Yellow gold 38mm Manual winding
Cartier Pendant Fob Watch
AED 17,484
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
504
UK
Hamilton Railroad Hamilton 992 Railroad Pocket Watch Very good Yellow gold 50mm Manual winding
Hamilton 992 Gold Center Wheel
AED 2,649
Verified Dealer
34
US
Patek Philippe Very good Platinum 44mm Manual winding
Patek Philippe Platinum Pocket Watch, Tiffany & Co.
AED 53,366
Verified Dealer
52
US
Good Yellow gold Manual winding
Borel & Fils Cie MINUTENREPETITION 14ct GOLD - GESAMTGEWICHT 124g
AED 50,211
Verified Dealer
25
DE
Longines Very good Rose gold 54mm Manual winding
Longines Vintage Savonette Pocket Watch Minute Repeater...
AED 33,181
Verified Dealer
304
DE
Eberhard & Co. 120 grams heavy Very good Yellow gold 55mm Manual winding
Eberhard & Co. Minute Repeater with Chronograph 18K Gold...
AED 20,080
Verified Dealer
132
DE
Omega Good 47.9mm Manual winding
Omega Open Face Taschenuhr Aus Nickel Von Ca. 1935 / Durchmess...
AED 2,720
Verified Dealer
270
DE
Movado Very good Steel Manual winding
Movado Cartier Ermeto Moon Phases Triple Calendar Superb Vintage
AED 6,099
Verified Dealer
17
US
just 2000 pieces produce for Vatican from Mainz Geneva New Silver Manual winding
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Mainz Genève Pocket Watch
AED 10,461
Private Seller
 
IT
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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.