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Patek Philippe Very good Yellow gold Manual winding
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Patek Philippe ATTRIBUTED FRENCH 1880S ART NOUVEAU 18KT ZIG...
£3,713
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40
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Patek Philippe Chronograph Very good Rose gold 52mm Manual winding United Kingdom, London
Patek Philippe Rare Full Hunter Pocket Watch Split Seconds...
£25,000
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825
UK
Omega omega silver case 5881537 Very good Silver 50mm Manual winding United Kingdom, London
Omega pocket watch
£600
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70
UK
Good Silver 62mm Manual winding United Kingdom, Okehampton
Chronometer
£4,950
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UK
Vacheron Constantin 4319 Good Yellow gold Manual winding United Kingdom, EC1N 8LE
Vacheron Constantin Vacheron @1819 18ct gold engraved with...
£8,500
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UK
A. Lang & Sohne Pocket Watch Very good Yellow gold 54mm Manual winding
A. Lang & Sohne POCKET WATCH
£6,684
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14
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Very good Yellow gold 60mm Automatic
Quarter Repeater Chrono Annual Calendar Moon Phase 18K Yellow...
£8,541
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48
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Elgin H. H. Taylor Unworn Yellow gold 55mm Manual winding
Elgin 14K Multicolor Hunting Case Model H. H. Taylor
£13,290
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51
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Elgin B. W Very good Yellow gold 51mm Manual winding
Elgin B. W. Raymond Men's Watch in 14KT Yellow Gold
£3,491
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258
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Good Yellow gold 39mm Manual winding
1891 Antique Elgin Full Hunter Engraved Case Solid 14K Yellow...
£1,263
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173
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Very good Yellow gold 58mm Manual winding United Kingdom, London
Unbranded Open Face Musical Quarter Repeater Antique Yellow...
£6,250
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825
UK
thomas russel 995500 Very good Silver 54mm Manual winding United Kingdom, London
thomas russell pocket watch Silver 1900
£300
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70
UK
27254 Good Yellow gold 53mmmm Manual winding United Kingdom, North Harrow
Dent Open face pocket watch
£2,550
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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
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Waltham 8231SH Very good 56mm
Waltham 1863 P.S. Bartlett Civil War 18 size Pocket Watch -...
£1,378
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428
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Patek Philippe 89578 Very good Rose gold 46mm Manual winding
Patek Philippe 18k Rose Gold Pocket Watch 89578 Very Rare...
£6,680
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312
US
Elgin Elgin 16 Size Multicolor Gold Very good Yellow gold 50mm Manual winding
Elgin Multicolor 14K Hunting Case Gold w/ Diamond
£2,150
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51
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Omega Fair Manual winding
Omega 1899 Omega Pocket Watch with a Nickle Case (# 11938)
£928
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245
US
Patek Philippe Good Silver 55mm Manual winding
Patek Philippe Ultra Rare 55mm Silver Deck & Pocket Watch
£4,374
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80
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Marine Chronometer Very good 122mm Manual winding United Kingdom, London
James McCabe Brass Marine Chronometer Eight Days Clock
£12,500
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825
UK
Omega omega gun metal Very good Steel 47mm Manual winding United Kingdom, London
Omega pocket watch Gunmetal 1900
£225
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70
UK
Waltham 10058188 Very good 58mm Manual winding
Waltham ,Appelton, Tracy and Co, 1900, pocket watch.
£334
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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
3367 Good Yellow gold 55.4mm
E. Howard & Co. 1883 E. Howard & Co. Antique 18 Size Pocket...
£6,095
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428
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Elgin Good Yellow gold 1.5mm Manual winding
Elgin 14k Muti-Tone Gold Elgin Antique Pocket Watch 1.5" Diameter
£928
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Series III 18K Hunting Case Unworn Yellow gold 58mm Manual winding
Howard 18K 18/20 Size Key Wind Key Set
£13,290
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51
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Patek Very good Yellow gold 52mm Manual winding
Pocket Watch Patek Phillipe 18K Yellow Gold 52 mm White Watch...
£5,718
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949
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Antique Silver Key Wind Pocket Watch Very good Silver 49mm Manual winding
M.J.Tobias Antique Silver Pocket Watch Award was presented by...
£3,676
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362
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Depose R.U. Fair 80mm Manual winding United Kingdom, London
Depose R.U. Desk Clock Brass & Gunmetal Swiss Full Calendar
£950
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825
UK
bennett silver pw Very good Silver 50mm Manual winding United Kingdom, London
bennett pocket watch
£1,000
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70
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Elgin 6093482 Good Rose gold 41mm Manual winding
Elgin Hunters Pocket Watch Model 2
£706
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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.