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3682 Good Manual winding South Africa, Johannesburg
AD MOUGIN DEUX MEDAILLES (French Mantle Clock) French Mantle...
R12 091
Private Seller
ZA
Urban Jürgensen Good 54mm Manual winding
Urban Jürgensen Sönner Viertel Repetition Quarter Repeater
R172 080
Free shipping
Professional dealer
633
DE
Waltham Waltham Very good Yellow gold 52mm Manual winding
Waltham Pocket watch 14K
R52 502
Professional dealer
58
DE
Bovet Fair Silver 55mm Manual winding
Bovet Vintage Erotic Automation Cloisonne Pocket Watch
R128 467
Professional dealer
18
SG
A. Lange & Söhne Unworn Yellow gold 50,5mm Manual winding
A. Lange & Söhne die 3. Minutenrepetition Taschenuhr von Lange...
R821 769
Free shipping
Professional dealer
30
DE
Very good Yellow gold 41mm Manual winding
Taschenuhr Spindel 18kt Gelbgold Handaufzug mit Schlüssel...
R59 684
Professional dealer
1943
DE
Very good Rose gold 45mm Manual winding
Repeater Pocket Watch - Superb example - Vintage antique...
R69 359
Professional dealer
52
NL
Patek Philippe Chronograph Very good Rose gold 52mm Manual winding
Patek Philippe Rare Full Hunter Pocket Watch Split Seconds...
R521 489
Free shipping
Professional dealer
825
UK
Anonimo Good Steel 48mm Manual winding
Anonimo Orologio da Tasca Cronografo primi ‘900 in Acciaio...
R11 413
Professional dealer
249
IT
Very good Silver 57mm Manual winding
TOP
LANGE & SÖHNE - GLASHÜTTE, 1 A Qual. SAVONETTE
R70 219
Private Seller
 
DE
A. Lange & Söhne Good 50.2mm Manual winding
A. Lange & Söhne 1A Qualität Zertifikat Diamant Rare
R132 396
Free shipping
Professional dealer
633
DE
A. Lang & Sohne Pocket Watch Very good Yellow gold 54mm Manual winding
A. Lang & Sohne POCKET WATCH
R136 024
Professional dealer
14
US
Very good Yellow gold 53mm Manual winding
Glashütte J. Assmann
R74 363
Professional dealer
43
DE
Patek Philippe Minute Repeater Very good Red gold 53mm Manual winding
Patek Philippe Minuten-Repetition neuwertige Schwere 18k Gold...
R401 754
Free shipping
Professional dealer
30
DE
Omega omega silver case 5881537 Very good Silver 50mm Manual winding
Omega pocket watch
R12 516
Professional dealer
70
UK
Patek Philippe Chronograph Very good Silver Manual winding
Patek Philippe VERY RARE SILVER OPENFACE STOP WATCH CHRONOGRAP...
R226 513
Professional dealer
49
PL
Marine Chronometer Very good 122mm Manual winding
James McCabe Brass Marine Chronometer Eight Days Clock
R260 745
Free shipping
Professional dealer
825
UK
Anonimo Very good 53mm Manual winding
Anonimo Orologio da tasca savonette dorato Primi '900 quadrant...
R6 672
Professional dealer
249
IT
Patek Philippe AMPR-SCI Very good Yellow gold 45mm Manual winding
TOP
Patek Philippe 99368 Remontoir YG 18K, 20 LINES, Original Box...
R121 334
Private Seller
 
ES
A. Lange & Söhne Very good Yellow gold 50mm Manual winding
A. Lange & Söhne 1A Qualität Zertifikat Diamant
R126 602
Free shipping
Professional dealer
633
DE
Lip OFFER Fair Steel 53mm Manual winding
Lip France chronograph savonette tachimeter pocket watch
R7 006
Professional dealer
44
ES
Very good Yellow gold 60mm Automatic
Quarter Repeater Chrono Annual Calendar Moon Phase 18K Yellow...
R173 808
Professional dealer
48
US
Very good Yellow gold 48mm Manual winding
Albert Lescow, Osnabrück Deutscher Uhrmacher, seltene Lepine...
R63 213
Free shipping
Professional dealer
30
DE
IWC Very good Manual winding
IWC 14k Gold Savonnette Taschenuhr
R60 228
Professional dealer
2038
DE
thomas russel 995500 Very good Silver 54mm Manual winding
thomas russell pocket watch Silver 1900
R6 258
Professional dealer
70
UK
Very good Rose gold Manual winding
Montandon Full Hunter Minute Repeater Pocket Watch Rose Gold
R93 868
Free shipping
Professional dealer
825
UK
2774 Very good Yellow gold 51mm Manual winding
TOP
John Harrison Liverpool Fusee, English Lever Escapement
R79 016
Private Seller
 
IT
Patek Philippe Good Yellow gold 45mm Manual winding
Patek Philippe 18K GOLD POCKET WATCH
R98 331
Professional dealer
 
BE
Jaeger-LeCoultre Very good Red gold 52.5mm Manual winding
Jaeger-LeCoultre Dürrstein & Co Viertel Repetition Quarter...
R119 402
Free shipping
Professional dealer
633
DE
IWC Very good Red gold 50mm Manual winding
IWC Savonnette 0,585 (14Kt) Rotgold
R86 918
Professional dealer
110
AT

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.