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Rolex Day-Date 36 18038 Very good Yellow gold 36mm Automatic United Kingdom, Ringwood
Rolex Day-Date
£11,450
Professional dealer
56
UK
Pocket Watch Very good Yellow gold 55mm Manual winding United Kingdom, London
Full Hunter Yellow Gold Minute Repeating Calendar Pocket Watch
£5,750
Free shipping
Professional dealer
754
UK
Patek Philippe Pocket Watch Good Yellow gold Manual winding
Patek Philippe Patek Phillipe 18K Yellow Gold Pocket Watch...
£5,811
Professional dealer
 
US
Good 50mm Manual winding United Kingdom, Westhoughton
IWC Peerless 9ct Rose Gold Case Pocket Watch
£650
Professional dealer
108
UK
2326 Very good Yellow gold 50mm Manual winding United Kingdom, EC1N 8LE
Pocket watch 18k gold Gowland Bros, London 18CT Pocket Watch...
£22,500
Free shipping
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UK
Oris Fair 50mm Manual winding United Kingdom, WEST DRAYTON
Oris John bennett
£150
Private Seller
 
UK
Vintage 19th Century Solid Gold Pocket Watch, Working, Avance Retard Movement Very good Gold/Steel 44mm Manual winding
Vintage 19th Century Solid Gold Pocket Watch, Working, Avanc...
£1,322
Professional dealer
5
US
Omega Seamaster 1430 Very good Steel Quartz United Kingdom, Ross On Wye
Omega Seamaster
£450
Free shipping
Professional dealer
11
UK
3367 Good Yellow gold 55.4mm
E. Howard & Co. 1883 E. Howard & Co. Antique 18 Size Pocket...
£6,114
Professional dealer
355
US
Patek Philippe 89578 Very good Rose gold 46mm Manual winding
Patek Philippe 18k Rose Gold Pocket Watch 89578 Very Rare...
£6,701
Professional dealer
259
US
L'Aiglon Good Yellow gold 48mm Manual winding United Kingdom, London
L'Aiglon Yellow Gold Vintage Pocket Watch
£2,250
Free shipping
Professional dealer
754
UK
Auction
Swiss Gold Hunting Cased Double Dialled Keyless Lever Watch...
£2,000
Estimated price
Sotheby's
 
Very good Silver Manual winding
Edward Prior 1800s Antique London Silver Triple Case Verge...
£1,037
Professional dealer
718
US
Vacheron Constantin 4319 Good Yellow gold Manual winding United Kingdom, EC1N 8LE
Vacheron Constantin Vacheron @1819 18ct gold engraved with...
£8,500
Free shipping
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UK
Vacheron Constantin Very good Yellow gold 48mm Manual winding
Vacheron Constantin Vantage minute repeater
£15,644
Private Seller
 
US
Good Gold/Steel 40mm Manual winding
Vintage Early 19th Century Johnson Liverpool Gold Pocket Wat...
£1,397
Professional dealer
5
US
Patek Philippe PATEK PHILIPPE 18K Gold  Ladies Watch 1940's Good Yellow gold Manual winding
Patek Philippe Retro Style
£2,234
Professional dealer
38
US
C. 1860's Fair United Kingdom, Harrogate
Ormolu Portico Clock and Candelabra Set
£2,995
Professional dealer
5
UK
Piaget Very good 40mm Manual winding
Piaget J. Piaget & Sons 18kt Gold Full Case Pocketwatch,...
£2,049
Professional dealer
781
US
Very good Yellow gold 58mm Manual winding United Kingdom, London
Unbranded Open Face Musical Quarter Repeater Antique Yellow...
£6,250
Free shipping
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754
UK
Rose gold
Auction
Paul Buhré A Pink Gold And Enamel Hunting-cased Keyless...
£1,500
Estimated price
Sotheby's
 
LePhare Good Yellow gold 55mm Manual winding
LePhare 18K Gold Minute Repeater Multi-Complication Pocket Watch
£7,345
Private Seller
 
US
Elgin 1815453 Very good Rose gold 35mm Manual winding United Kingdom, EC1N 8LE
Elgin Pocket watch 18k gold Enamel dial 1898
£950
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UK
Elgin 6093482 Good Rose gold 41mm Manual winding
Elgin Hunters Pocket Watch Model 2
£1,117
Private Seller
 
US
monement # N11451 Very good 43mm Manual winding
Louis Audemars18K pocket watch
£5,215
Private Seller
 
US
Omega Very good 47mm Manual winding
Omega Pocket Watch circa 1899
£931
Professional dealer
224
US
Elgin Good Yellow gold 1.5mm Manual winding
Elgin 14k Muti-Tone Gold Elgin Antique Pocket Watch 1.5" Diameter
£931
Professional dealer
 
US
A. Lang & Sohne Pocket Watch Very good Yellow gold 54mm Manual winding
A. Lang & Sohne POCKET WATCH
£6,705
Professional dealer
13
US
Pocket Watch Very good Rose gold 47mm Manual winding United Kingdom, London
Full Hunter Rose Gold Rare Double Sided Calendar Pocket Watch
£3,850
Free shipping
Professional dealer
754
UK
Auction
Gold Hunting Cased Minute Repeating Keyless Lever Watch No...
£2,000
Estimated price
Sotheby's
 
Elgin elgin Fair Silver Manual winding
Elgin --------grade220
£559
Private Seller
 
US
Magnenat-LeCoultre Quarter Repeater Pocket Watch Good Steel 50mm Manual winding
Magnenat-LeCoultre Antique Pump Quarter Repeater Pocket Watch...
£652
Professional dealer
252
US
Patek Philippe Good Silver 55mm Manual winding
Patek Philippe Ultra Rare 55mm Silver Deck & Pocket Watch
£4,015
Professional dealer
72
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Very good Silver 41mmmm Manual winding
Rare Large 1850s Pearl Set Enamel Portrait Pocket Watch Made...
£2,756
Free shipping
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38
US
Series III 18K Hunting Case Unworn Yellow gold 58mm Manual winding
Howard 18K 18/20 Size Key Wind Key Set
£9,606
Professional dealer
48
US
Fair Silver 78mm Manual winding United Kingdom, BRISTOL
Turkish Giant Pocket Watch Ottoman Market
£795
Free shipping
Professional dealer
9
UK
Elgin Very good Red gold 54mm
Elgin Savonette Taschenuhr, 14 kt. von ca. 1882
£4,319
Professional dealer
36
DE
Very good Yellow gold 56mm Manual winding United Kingdom, London
Unbranded Full Hunter Quarter Repeater Chronograph Art Nouveau...
£3,950
Free shipping
Professional dealer
754
UK
Auction
Gold Enamel And Pearl Lady's Pendant Watch And Fob, Circa 1885
£3,000
Estimated price
Sotheby's
 
Lemania Very good Yellow gold 53mm Manual winding
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Lemania Armand Schwob&Frére Pocket Watch Erotic
£9,755
Private Seller
 
ES
Antique Silver Keywind Pocket Watch Very good Silver 49mm Manual winding
M.J.Tobias Antique Silver Pocket Watch was presented to and...
£3,725
Professional dealer
252
US
Good Yellow gold 57mm Manual winding
Swiss Vintage 14K Gold Quarter Repeater Chronograph Beautiful
£3,643
Professional dealer
72
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Mandolin Spindle Case Silver & Enamel Form Timepiece Circa 1 Very good Silver Manual winding
English Fusee Manufacturer from 1840s Mandolin Spindle Case...
£2,980
Free shipping
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38
US
Elgin Elgin 16 Size Multicolor Gold Very good Yellow gold 50mm Manual winding
Elgin Multicolor 14K Hunting Case Gold w/ Diamond
£1,859
Professional dealer
48
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Very good Yellow gold 48mm Manual winding United Kingdom, BRISTOL
18K Gold Half-Quarter Repeating Pocket Watch
£4,850
Free shipping
Professional dealer
9
UK
Omega 4489066 Good Yellow gold 46mm Manual winding
Omega Vintage 14K
£1,552
Professional dealer
10
NL
Depose R.U. Fair 80mm Manual winding United Kingdom, London
Depose R.U. Desk Clock Brass & Gunmetal Swiss Full Calendar
£950
Free shipping
Professional dealer
754
UK
Auction
Swiss Gold, Pearl-set And Enamel Verge Watch With Chatelaine,...
£3,000
Estimated price
Sotheby's
 
A. Lange & Söhne Saxonia 76215 Very good Silver 58mm Manual winding
TOP
A. Lange & Söhne Taschenuhr
£1,685
Private Seller
 
DE
Longines Longines Military Good Silver 29mm Manual winding
Longines Antique Military Trench Officers Silver Grand Prix...
£503
Professional dealer
252
US
A. Lange & Söhne Very good Red gold 52mm Chronograph
A. Lange & Söhne , Chronograph,schleichender 30-Minutenzähler,...
£50,371
Professional dealer
36
DE
Jaeger-LeCoultre Very good Yellow gold
Jaeger-LeCoultre Attributed RARE 55MM Hi Grade Diamond Ruby...
£7,450
Free shipping
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38
US
Elgin H. H. Taylor Unworn Yellow gold 55mm Manual winding
Elgin 14K Multicolor Hunting Case Model H. H. Taylor
£8,116
Professional dealer
48
US
Jaeger-LeCoultre Very good Red gold 52.5mm Manual winding
Jaeger-LeCoultre Dürrstein & Co Viertel Repetition Quarter...
£6,030
Free shipping
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558
DE
IWC Very good Yellow gold Manual winding
IWC Pocketwatch, in Gold 18kt with Chronograph und Min.repetition
£22,170
Professional dealer
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DE
Hamilton Hamilton Vintage Pocket Watch Very good Yellow gold 50mm Manual winding United Kingdom, London
Hamilton Full Hunter Vintage Pocket Watch
£3,250
Free shipping
Professional dealer
754
UK
Auction
Swiss Gold Quarter Repeating Watch With Concealed Erotic...
£3,000
Estimated price
Sotheby's
 
Longines 3147779 Fair Yellow gold 4,7mm Manual winding
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Longines De oro
£621
Private Seller
 
ES
Longines Shooting Festival Medal Very good Silver 53mm Manual winding
Longines Award for1899 Aargau Cantonal Shooting Festival in...
£1,304
Professional dealer
252
US
Patek Philippe Very good 18mm
Patek Philippe & Co. Sackermann, Miniatur Diamant Taschenuhr...
£77,152
Professional dealer
36
DE

Antique Watches: A Journey Through History

Antique watches are like windows into a bygone era, especially considering pocket watches make up the majority of these timepieces. Each watch is truly one of a kind, making them interesting for collectors and enthusiasts alike.


5 Reasons to Buy an Antique Watch

  • Most are custom, handmade pieces
  • Gold or silver cases, often heavily decorated
  • Top models with complications like a chronograph or minute repeater
  • A piece of history in your pocket
  • Popular collector's items, including affordable models

Watches from Days Gone By

Antique watches are growing in popularity among watch collectors and enthusiasts. However, there's no set definition of what exactly constitutes an antique watch. The boundary between antique and vintage watches is quite blurred. As a general rule, all timepieces produced before 1940 can be considered antique; anything more recent is vintage.

Most antique watches come from an era when wristwatches were either nonexistent or an extremely niche product. This is why the majority of antique timepieces are pocket watches.

Some of the most refined pieces come from illustrious brands like Patek Philippe, A. Lange & Söhne, Breguet, and Jaeger-LeCoultre. For something more affordable, there's also a wide variety of interesting watches from the likes of Junghans, Zenith, and Omega. Regardless of the price and manufacturer, these timepieces all have one thing in common: They serve as time capsules from a bygone era.


How much do antique watches cost?

Model Price (approx.) Case/Movement no.
Zenith Pocket Watch 330 USD Silver, 52 mm/19-34-3T
Omega Pocket Watch 390 USD Silver, 50 mm/4901982
H. Moser & Cie. Pocket Watch Conversion 940 USD Silver, 51 mm/584581
A. Lange & Söhne Pocket Watch 3,500 USD Yellow gold, 52 mm/37885
Patek Philippe Pocket Watch 80,500 USD Rose gold, 50 mm/80.117

Affordable Antique Watches

Collecting antique watches is a fantastic hobby. The selection is enormous, and almost every timepiece is truly one of a kind since they were made by hand. Moreover, their affordable prices make antique watches a great starting point for any collection. Pocket watches from small, long-forgotten manufacturers sell for as little as 90 to 210 USD. Most are made of silver and have intricately engraved case backs.

There are also plenty of inexpensive options from more prestigious brands, including Zenith, Longines, and Omega. Their cases are also silver and hand-engraved. Most of these timepieces come from the turn of the century and share the same basic design: a white dial with Breguet numerals, a small seconds at 6 o'clock. and either classic Breguet hands or elaborate Louis XV hands.

Prices for well-maintained pocket watches begin around 280 USD. Models with especially detailed decoration demand about 440 USD.


Highly Coveted Pieces with Hefty Price Tags

Some collectors consider antique watches from storied manufacturers like Patek Philippe and A. Lange & Söhne their personal holy grail. The majority of these timepieces have intricately engraved gold cases. Inside, you'll find in-house calibers, often with chronograph or minute repeater complications. Many come with certificates of authenticity and in their original packaging, which further increases their value. Antique A. Lange & Söhne pocket watches sell for anywhere from 3,300 to 63,000 USD.

Pieces from Patek Philippe cost between 4,900 and 81,000 USD. However, watches with especially elaborate decoration require a much larger investment. For example, they may be encrusted with precious gems or feature an engraved portrait of their former owner. These timepieces are extremely rare and often cost well over 111,000 USD.


Prices for Early Wristwatches

It's quite difficult to find antique wristwatches. You'll have more luck searching for pocket watches that were later mounted on a bracelet or strap. There are modified pieces from nearly every manufacturer. This includes traditional watch companies like Vacheron Constantin and H. Moser & Cie. Depending on the model and its features, prices for these converted pocket watches range from 940 to 3,400 USD.

Nowadays, you'll find some new wristwatches outfitted with movements and dials from antique pocket watches. The result is the best of both worlds: the charm of an antique watch and the comfort of a modern wristwatch. What's more, these semi-antique watches sell for interesting prices. Timepieces with a refurbished Patek Philippe movement can cost as little as 13,500 USD. Watches with calibers from Jaeger-LeCoultre or IWC are even more affordable at 3,300 to 5,600 USD.

When it comes it genuine antique wristwatches, most are women's watches created for luxury stores like Tiffany & Co. You'll find pieces from big names like Cartier and Patek Philippe. These timepieces are rather rare and, therefore, demand prices anywhere from 16,500 to well over 55,000 USD.