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Vacheron Constantin LARGE RARE & EARLY 18 KT YG QUARTER HOUR...
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Vacheron Constantin LARGE RARE & EARLY 18 KT YG QUARTER HOUR...
£5,674
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Ye Olde Timekeepers, Inc.
11
US
Jaeger-LeCoultre HECTOR GOLAY COLLARBRATION  MINUTEMASSIVE...
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Jaeger-LeCoultre HECTOR GOLAY COLLARBRATION MINUTEMASSIVE...
£15,886
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Ye Olde Timekeepers, Inc.
11
US
Cartier 1912 ART DECO PLATINUM CHAIN ENAMEL PENDANT WATCH
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Cartier 1912 ART DECO PLATINUM CHAIN ENAMEL PENDANT WATCH
£7,111
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Ye Olde Timekeepers, Inc.
11
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Patek Philippe / Tiffany & Co Pocket Watch 17-140
Patek Philippe / Tiffany & Co Pocket Watch 17-140
£7,565
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Lane Jewelers Inc (dba: Lane Mitchell Jewelers)
 
US
Patek Philippe Pocket Watch 18 Karat Gold
Patek Philippe Pocket Watch 18 Karat Gold
£21,938
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CJ Charles Jewelers
 
US
Audemars Piguet Platinum Pocket Watch
Audemars Piguet Platinum Pocket Watch
£16,800
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Almar
7
UK
IWC Vintage Turler Pocket Watch 18K Yellow Gold Men's - COM786
IWC Vintage Turler Pocket Watch 18K Yellow Gold Men's - COM786
£2,595
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Xupes.com
113
UK
Tempor Vintage Masonic Pocket Watch
Tempor Vintage Masonic Pocket Watch
£2,950
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Swiss Watch Company Ltd.
197
UK
A 14k R/G Full Hunter Complete Calendar Moonphase Pocket Watch
A 14k R/G Full Hunter Complete Calendar Moonphase Pocket Watch
£3,500
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Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
154
UK
Breguet Pocket watch from the 19th century
Breguet Pocket watch from the 19th century
£550
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Fabian Watchenthusiast
 
CH
Omega Pocket watch omega N. 5743682
Omega Pocket watch omega N. 5743682
£378
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Private Seller
UK
Longines 1920s Longines platinum diamond enamel cameo pendant...
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Longines 1920s Longines platinum diamond enamel cameo pendant...
£2,080
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Ye Olde Timekeepers, Inc.
11
US
Swiss Made Vintage Quarter Reapter Pocket Watch
Swiss Made Vintage Quarter Reapter Pocket Watch
£4,539
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Lane Jewelers Inc (dba: Lane Mitchell Jewelers)
 
US
Panerai Compass Original From 1984
Panerai Compass Original From 1984
£18,080
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CJ Charles Jewelers
 
US
Audemars Piguet Platinum Pocket Watch
Audemars Piguet Platinum Pocket Watch
£14,600
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Almar
7
UK
TH: PICCARD FILS Quarter Hour Repetition  chronograph 18kt...
TH: PICCARD FILS Quarter Hour Repetition chronograph 18kt...
£2,999
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Orangzeb Gallery Ltd.
7
UK
Bulgari Octo Maserati
Bulgari Octo Maserati
£7,115
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Blancier B.V.
 
NL
LeCoultre 18k Rose Gold Open Face Quarter Repeater Pocket Watch
LeCoultre 18k Rose Gold Open Face Quarter Repeater Pocket Watch
£2,650
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Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
154
UK
Patek Philippe Gondolo
Patek Philippe Gondolo
£11,347
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de Boulle Diamond & Jewelry
 
US
Illinois Watch Co Springfield Movement Illinois Watch Co...
Illinois Watch Co Springfield Movement Illinois Watch Co...
£1,950
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Private Seller
 
UK
Longines antique silver pocket watch
Longines antique silver pocket watch
£367
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Království hodin - Hodinářství Matouš
13
CZ
Dudly Vintage Model 2 Crypto-Masonic Pocket Watch
Dudly Vintage Model 2 Crypto-Masonic Pocket Watch
£3,782
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Lane Jewelers Inc (dba: Lane Mitchell Jewelers)
 
US
A. Lange & Söhne Pocket Watch
A. Lange & Söhne Pocket Watch
£21,938
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CJ Charles Jewelers
 
US
Audemars Piguet Pocket Watch
Audemars Piguet Pocket Watch
£9,250
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Almar
7
UK
Omega 14K Rose Gold Small Second Pocket Watch
Omega 14K Rose Gold Small Second Pocket Watch
£699
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Orangzeb Gallery Ltd.
7
UK
IWC Taschenuhr Vollkalender
IWC Taschenuhr Vollkalender
£5,560
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A. Grimmeissen Uhren An- und Verkauf
153
DE
A Gold Plated Porcelain Dial Manual Wind Pocket Watch C1900
A Gold Plated Porcelain Dial Manual Wind Pocket Watch C1900
£475
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Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
154
UK
IWC Schaffhausen, Rare 14K Yellow Gold Pocket Watch, Circa 1905
IWC Schaffhausen, Rare 14K Yellow Gold Pocket Watch, Circa 1905
£2,303
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Estates Consignments
42
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Robert Roskell Liverpool 18k ornate pocket watch, 1825
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Robert Roskell Liverpool 18k ornate pocket watch, 1825
£6,995
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Private Seller
 
UK
IWC SCHAFFHAUSEN silver
IWC SCHAFFHAUSEN silver
£478
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Království hodin - Hodinářství Matouš
13
CZ
Hamilton 4992B US Navy Deck Watch
Hamilton 4992B US Navy Deck Watch
£1,207
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Lane Jewelers Inc (dba: Lane Mitchell Jewelers)
 
US
A. Lange & Söhne Glashutte Vintage 27 Size 14k Rose Hunting...
A. Lange & Söhne Glashutte Vintage 27 Size 14k Rose Hunting...
£2,837
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R&R Watches, Inc.
11
US
Audemars Piguet Manual Wind Pocket Watch
Audemars Piguet Manual Wind Pocket Watch
£9,750
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Almar
7
UK
Alfred russell co Swiss gun metal key less wind open face...
Alfred russell co Swiss gun metal key less wind open face...
£499
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Orangzeb Gallery Ltd.
7
UK
Patek Philippe, pocket chronometer in original nickel case
Patek Philippe, pocket chronometer in original nickel case
£8,851
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CHRONO-CENTER.DE pocket watches
 
DE
Rolex Sporting Prince Travel Watch Vintage 1561
Rolex Sporting Prince Travel Watch Vintage 1561
£4,950
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Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
154
UK
Silvana Militär Taschenuhr
Silvana Militär Taschenuhr
£445
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A. Grimmeissen Uhren An- und Verkauf
153
DE
A. W. Waltham & Co Gold Box Hinge Hunter Case
A. W. Waltham & Co Gold Box Hinge Hunter Case
£2,250
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Private Seller
 
UK
Doxa big pocket watch
Doxa big pocket watch
£519
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Království hodin - Hodinářství Matouš
13
CZ
Hamilton Vintage Gold Pocket Watch "920"
Hamilton Vintage Gold Pocket Watch "920"
£976
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Lane Jewelers Inc (dba: Lane Mitchell Jewelers)
 
US
Vacheron Constantin Vintage Vacheron Constantin Pocket Watch
Vacheron Constantin Vintage Vacheron Constantin Pocket Watch
£1,950
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WatchCollectors.co.uk
18
UK
Hampden Watch & Co Gold Mantel
Hampden Watch & Co Gold Mantel
£400
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UP Hoofddorp
21
NL
Rotherhams Manual Winding Pocket Watch Sterling Silver
Rotherhams Manual Winding Pocket Watch Sterling Silver
£220
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Orangzeb Gallery Ltd.
7
UK
Zenith Schützenuhr Aarau 1924
Zenith Schützenuhr Aarau 1924
£1,044
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Au Bijou GmbH - Juwelier seit 1967
 
CH
Rolex Pendant Watch Zephyr 3694
Rolex Pendant Watch Zephyr 3694
£2,750
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Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
154
UK
Universal Genève Frackuhr
Universal Genève Frackuhr
£979
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A. Grimmeissen Uhren An- und Verkauf
153
DE
Rockford watch Co Illinois. 1. Gentleman's Antique American 14...
Rockford watch Co Illinois. 1. Gentleman's Antique American 14...
£1,980
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Private Seller
 
UK
Doxa antique pocket chtonograph
Doxa antique pocket chtonograph
£556
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Království hodin - Hodinářství Matouš
13
CZ
A. Lange & Söhne Vintage OLIW Kaliber 75
A. Lange & Söhne Vintage OLIW Kaliber 75
£8,321
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Lane Jewelers Inc (dba: Lane Mitchell Jewelers)
 
US
Omega Pocket Watch circa 1913
Omega Pocket Watch circa 1913
£1,135
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Second Time Around Watch Company
44
US
Eterna open face 14K Gold
Eterna open face 14K Gold
£792
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UP Hoofddorp
21
NL
Ankra / Leonidas WWII Military Kriegsmarine artillery chronogr...
Ankra / Leonidas WWII Military Kriegsmarine artillery chronogr...
£799
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Watches of Japan
37
UK
Zenith Achat Taschenuhr
Zenith Achat Taschenuhr
£908
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Au Bijou GmbH - Juwelier seit 1967
 
CH
Waltham 9k Y/G White Arabic Dial Half Hunter Vintage Pocket Watch
Waltham 9k Y/G White Arabic Dial Half Hunter Vintage Pocket Watch
£950
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Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
154
UK
Tissot SAPPHIRE CRYSTAL
Tissot SAPPHIRE CRYSTAL
£175
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Private Seller
 
UK
IWC Schützenuhr Thun
IWC Schützenuhr Thun
£7,190
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Time and Design
 
CH
Patek Philippe Gold pocket watch
Patek Philippe Gold pocket watch
£5,300
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Private Seller
 
UK
Piaget da taschino
Piaget da taschino
£1,957
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IL CORDUSIO SAS
 
IT
Jaeger-LeCoultre Memovox Travel Alarm
Jaeger-LeCoultre Memovox Travel Alarm
£1,100
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Private Seller
 
UK
Elgin 14k Multi Colored Gold and Diamond Ladies Pocket Watch
Elgin 14k Multi Colored Gold and Diamond Ladies Pocket Watch
£1,093
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Estates Consignments
42
US
Roskopf pocket watch with decorated enamelled dial
Roskopf pocket watch with decorated enamelled dial
£367
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Království hodin - Hodinářství Matouš
13
CZ
Zenith Schützenuhr Luzern 1901
Zenith Schützenuhr Luzern 1901
£1,060
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Au Bijou GmbH - Juwelier seit 1967
 
CH
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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.

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