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£744
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£4,765
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31
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£10,000
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16
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£5,750
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£24,000
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£3,313
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£11,000
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Vacheron Constantin 4319 Good Yellow gold Manual winding United Kingdom, EC1N 8LE
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Price on request
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Audemars Piguet Platinum Grand Complication Pocket Watch, ref....
£218,581
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65
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Jacob & Co. Brilliant Watch Pendant Rose Gold Diamond 42.5mm
£37,224
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851
UK
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Patek Philippe Pocket Watch 18 Karat Gold
£23,042
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17
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Audemars Piguet 35764PT/000 Very good Platinum Manual winding United Kingdom, London
Audemars Piguet Platinum Pocket Watch
£11,000
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16
UK
Very good Yellow gold 48mm Manual winding United Kingdom, London
Henri Grandjean & Co. Full Hunter Pocket Watch
£2,950
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630
UK
Patek Philippe Patek Philippe Very good Platinum Manual winding
Patek Philippe Platinum and Diamonds
£10,810
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IWC N/A Yellow gold 45mm Manual winding United Kingdom, Bishop's Stortford
IWC Vintage Turler Pocket Watch Yellow Gold N/A - COM786
£2,699
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364
UK
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Swiss made Vintage pocket watch repeater hunter
£1,299
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IWC Vintage Kriegsmarine Pocket Watch, Unknown
£4,950
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570
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£4,372
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65
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£63,281
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851
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Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar Pocket Watch Ref. 725/2j
£49,280
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17
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Longines Pocket watch platinum total weight :52.380
£1,099
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112
UK
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Hermès Slim d'Hermes Panthere Pocket Watch EP2.990A
£17,500
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630
UK
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Cartier Vintage
£18,480
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Piaget 990 Very good Yellow gold 43mm Manual winding
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£4,389
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47
CH
Waltham Very good Yellow gold 33mm Manual winding United Kingdom, London
Waltham Pocket watch
£225
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Panerai Compass Original From 1984
£18,989
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17
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Waltham Vanguard High Grade Wind Indicator
£596
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27
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Jacob & Co. Brilliant Watch Pendant Rose Gold Red Dial Diamond...
£63,281
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851
UK
Patek Philippe Very good Yellow gold
Patek Philippe Art Deco Pocket Watch
£11,923
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17
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Omega Good Rose gold 47mm Manual winding United Kingdom, Hertfordshire
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Omega 14K Rose Gold Small Second Pocket Watch
£899
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112
UK
Very good Yellow gold 52mm Manual winding United Kingdom, London
Rare World Time Full Calendar Pocket Watch
£9,750
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630
UK
A. Lange & Söhne 50mm
A. Lange & Söhne 18k yellow gold pocketwatch
£3,338
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157
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Patek Philippe Pocketwatch VINT POCKET
£4,729
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1163
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Omega 121.1740 Fair Steel 46mm Manual winding United Kingdom, Long Duckmanton
Omega 121.1740
£300
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UK
A. Lange & Söhne 63668 Good Yellow gold Manual winding
A. Lange & Söhne Pocket Watch
£22,963
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17
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Longines Very good Silver Manual winding
Longines Chronograph Fine Cal 19.73 Big 55mm. Sterling Silver...
£994
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27
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£37,224
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851
UK
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Patek Philippe ‘chronometro Gondolo’ Pocket Watch
£6,756
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17
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Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Compressor GMT Q1732441 Good Rose gold
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Compressor Gmt
£11,803
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40
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Henry Moser Full Hunter Pocket Watch Vintage
£2,250
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630
UK
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Piaget 18k round pocket watch cal.9p dates 1960's
£1,709
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62
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Illinois Bunn
£465
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218
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Hanhart daytimer and split second flyback set
£995
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UK
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Jaeger-LeCoultre & Cie 18K Gold Minute Repeater Pocket Watch...
£2,995
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23
UK
Bulova Diamond Very good Platinum 42mm
Bulova Platinum & Diamond High Grade Movement Superb Vintage...
£1,669
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27
US
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£63,281
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851
UK
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Patek Philippe Pocket Watch Ref. 652
£6,359
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17
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Patek Philippe split seconds
£7,948
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Jaeger-LeCoultre JAEGER LeCOULTRE military pocket watch Ww2
£550
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UK
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Zenith Pocketwatch
£400
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UK
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£2,600
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£3,750
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Omega Pocket watch 825632 Fair Steel 48.6mm Manual winding United Kingdom, Glasgow
Omega Ethiopian market Lion of Judah
£250
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UK
Omega Seamaster 165.00027 Good Steel 37mm Automatic United Kingdom, London
Omega Seamaster 120
£1,550
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UK
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£37,224
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851
UK
Vacheron Constantin Very good Platinum Manual winding
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£11,923
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Patek Philippe Very good
Patek Philippe Two-tone Pocket Watch
£11,923
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17
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Vacheron Constantin Knife edge 18k pocket watch 1960-65
£2,285
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62
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Very good Yellow gold 49.3mm Manual winding
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South Bend 16s American Pocket Watch
£608
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Patek Philippe Vintage Vintage Patek Philippe Pocket Watch Very good Yellow gold 48.5mm
Patek Philippe Genève Vintage 18kt Yellow Gold Hunter-Cased...
£17,085
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100
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Ulysse Nardin Very good Silver 50mm Manual winding United Kingdom, London
Ulysse Nardin British Military Issue Deck Pocket Watch
£2,950
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630
UK
Elgin 19027 Very good Yellow gold Automatic
Elgin POCKET WATCH 19027
£1,965
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101
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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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