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3682 Good Manual winding South Africa, Johannesburg
AD MOUGIN DEUX MEDAILLES (French Mantle Clock) French Mantle...
R 11 977
Private Seller
ZA
Lemania Very good Yellow gold 53mm Manual winding
TOP
Lemania Armand Schwob&Frére Pocket Watch Erotic
R 196 047
Private Seller
 
ES
Patek Philippe Pocket Watch Good Yellow gold Manual winding
Patek Philippe Patek Phillipe 18K Yellow Gold Pocket Watch...
R 116 780
Professional dealer
 
US
Elgin Very good Red gold 54mm
Elgin Savonette Taschenuhr, 14 kt. von ca. 1882
R 86 796
Professional dealer
36
DE
Omega 4489066 Good Yellow gold 46mm Manual winding
Omega Vintage 14K
R 31 189
Professional dealer
10
NL
A. Lange & Söhne Saxonia 76215 Very good Silver 58mm Manual winding
TOP
A. Lange & Söhne Taschenuhr
R 33 863
Private Seller
 
DE
Jaeger-LeCoultre Very good Red gold 52.5mm Manual winding
Jaeger-LeCoultre Dürrstein & Co Viertel Repetition Quarter...
R 121 193
Free shipping
Professional dealer
558
DE
IWC Very good Yellow gold Manual winding
IWC Pocketwatch, in Gold 18kt with Chronograph und Min.repetition
R 445 562
Professional dealer
87
DE
Longines 3147779 Fair Yellow gold 4,7mm Manual winding
TOP
Longines De oro
R 12 476
Private Seller
 
ES
Auction
Swiss Gold Hunting Cased Double Dialled Keyless Lever Watch...
R 41 200
Estimated price
Sotheby's
 
Patek Philippe Very good Yellow gold 54mm Manual winding
Patek Philippe Genève
R 507 941
Professional dealer
74
DE
Patek Philippe Chronograph Very good Silver Manual winding
Patek Philippe VERY RARE SILVER OPENFACE STOP WATCH CHRONOGRAP...
R 229 910
Professional dealer
45
PL
Patek Philippe Very good Red gold 53mm
Patek Philippe Gold-Savonette Taschenuhr, Rarität von 1889
R 420 611
Professional dealer
36
DE
60147 Good Yellow gold 51,5mm Manual winding
TOP
Picard & Fils, Le Chaux de Fond, Switzerland Pegasus Repetition
R 40 992
Private Seller
 
IT
Rolex Day-Date 36 18038 Very good Yellow gold 36mm Automatic
Rolex Day-Date
R 235 867
Professional dealer
56
UK
Union Glashütte Very good Red gold 60mm Manual winding
Union Glashütte 1A Viertelrepetition Quarter Repeater
R 484 772
Free shipping
Professional dealer
558
DE
IWC IWC Taschenuhr Savonnette in 14Kt Gold 116,g JWC um1899-1900 Very good Yellow gold 55mm Manual winding
IWC Savonette
R 62 201
Professional dealer
15
DE
Very good Yellow gold 54mm Manual winding
Chronometer Savonette Taschenuhr Pocketwatch Gold 585
R 64 161
Professional dealer
46
DE
Patek Philippe AMPR-SCI Very good Yellow gold 45mm Manual winding
TOP
Patek Philippe 99368 Remontoir YG 18K, 20 LINES, Original Box...
R 123 153
Private Seller
 
ES
Rose gold
Auction
Paul Buhré A Pink Gold And Enamel Hunting-cased Keyless...
R 30 900
Estimated price
Sotheby's
 
Patek Philippe Very good Yellow gold 52mm Manual winding
Patek Philippe Genève
R 336 845
Professional dealer
74
DE
Glashütte Original Very good Red gold 52mm
Glashütte Original Richard Glaeser ( Ludwig Simon Berlin W )...
R 507 941
Professional dealer
36
DE
Patek Philippe Chronograph Very good Silver Manual winding
Patek Philippe VERY RARE SILVER OPENFACE STOP WATCH CHRONOGRAP...
R 229 910
Professional dealer
45
PL
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...
R 26 575
Professional dealer
5
US
A. Lange & Söhne Very good Red gold 53mm Manual winding
A. Lange & Söhne Lepine 1A Qualität 53mm 141g Zertifikat Diamant
R 182 502
Free shipping
Professional dealer
558
DE
Patek Philippe Gondolo Very good Rose gold 54mm Manual winding
Patek Philippe Chronometro Gondolo Chronograph
R 416 155
Professional dealer
59
PT
Pocket Watch Very good Yellow gold 55mm Manual winding
Full Hunter Yellow Gold Minute Repeating Calendar Pocket Watch
R 118 449
Free shipping
Professional dealer
754
UK
Very good Silver 57mm Manual winding
TOP
LANGE & SÖHNE - GLASHÜTTE, 1 A Qual. SAVONETTE
R 75 746
Private Seller
 
DE
Auction
Swiss Gold Quarter Repeating Watch With Concealed Erotic...
R 61 799
Estimated price
Sotheby's
 
Very good Bronze 480mm
Cartel Uhr Bronze Louis XVI
R 86 439
Professional dealer
74
DE
Vacheron Constantin ref11411 Good Rose gold Manual winding
Vacheron Constantin Jumping hour pocket watch
R 64 378 971
Private Seller
KR
ligne droite, Very good 50mm approxmm Manual winding
TOP
ANCRE ,ligne droite
R 44 556
Private Seller
 
FR
A. Lange & Söhne Very good Red gold 52mm Chronograph
A. Lange & Söhne , Chronograph,schleichender 30-Minutenzähler,...
R 1 012 318
Professional dealer
36
DE
Very good Yellow gold 54mm Manual winding
Frederick Trahern Coventry Anhaltbare Sekunde 133g
R 94 816
Free shipping
Professional dealer
558
DE
Elgin Incomplete
Elgin Pocket Watch Dueber Champion with Defect
R 4 456
Professional dealer
14
LT
2774 Very good Yellow gold 51mm Manual winding
TOP
John Harrison Liverpool Fusee, English Lever Escapement
R 80 201
Private Seller
 
IT
Good Gold/Steel 40mm Manual winding
Vintage Early 19th Century Johnson Liverpool Gold Pocket Wat...
R 28 072
Professional dealer
5
US
Auction
Gold Hunting Cased Minute Repeating Keyless Lever Watch No...
R 41 200
Estimated price
Sotheby's
 
Patek Philippe Very good Yellow gold 55mm Manual winding
Patek Philippe Genève
R 329 716
Professional dealer
74
DE
Good Gold/Steel 85mm Manual winding
London Tischuhr Reiseuhr Carriage Clock Stiluhr selten
R 53 450
Professional dealer
833
DE
L'Aiglon Good Yellow gold 48mm Manual winding
L'Aiglon Yellow Gold Vintage Pocket Watch
R 46 349
Free shipping
Professional dealer
754
UK
Glashütte Original Very good Silver 56mm
Glashütte Original Grossmann, in Sachsen, Wippen-Chronometer, 1A
R 3 314 984
Professional dealer
36
DE
A. Lange & Söhne Very good Red gold 55mm Manual winding
A. Lange & Söhne Schwere Savonette 130g 55mm Zertifikat
R 121 371
Free shipping
Professional dealer
558
DE
Good Yellow gold Manual winding
Urania Deutsche Präcisions-Uhren-Fabrik Urania München -...
R 67 725
Professional dealer
77
DE
1579 Very good Yellow gold 42mm Manual winding
Czapek & Cie I Spolka w/ Genewie
R 2 162 594
Private Seller
QA
Omega Very good 50mm Manual winding
Omega Grand Priz - Pocket to Wrist Conversion
R 15 338
Professional dealer
53
CA
Auction
B. Haas Jeune & Cie. An Impressive Gold Case-wound Hunting...
R 82 399
Estimated price
Sotheby's
 
Very good 300mm Manual winding
Withelaw Edinburgh
R 392 095
Professional dealer
74
DE
IWC iwc Fair Yellow gold 48.30mm Manual winding
IWC pocket watch
R 35 556
Professional dealer
14
NL
Pocket Watch Very good Yellow gold 52mm Manual winding
Vintage Pocket Watch Rare World Time Full Calendar Enamel Dial
R 200 848
Free shipping
Professional dealer
754
UK
56mm
Musikspiel Taschenuhr / Repetition, 18 kt., von ca. 1820
R 677 255
Professional dealer
36
DE
A. Lange & Söhne Good Red gold 50mm Manual winding
A. Lange & Söhne 1898 Lepine Zertifikat
R 81 449
Free shipping
Professional dealer
558
DE
Good Yellow gold Manual winding
unbekannt 14KT-GOLD JUGENDSTIL TASCHENUHR florale Emailarbeit...
R 31 189
Professional dealer
77
DE
Longines Conquest L3.716.4.76.6 Very good Yellow gold 55mm Manual winding
Longines Grand prix
R 1 497 185
Private Seller
EG
Audemars Piguet Very good Yellow gold 34mm Manual winding
Audemars Piguet Vintage Loius Audemars Pocket Watch Bj-1900
R 57 567
Professional dealer
461
DE
Auction
Gold Enamel And Pearl Lady's Pendant Watch And Fob, Circa 1885
R 61 799
Estimated price
Sotheby's
 
Patek Philippe Very good Yellow gold 50mm Manual winding
Patek Philippe Genève - Bailey, Banks and Biddle
R 281 595
Professional dealer
74
DE
Vacheron Constantin Very good Yellow gold Manual winding
Vacheron Constantin Solid Gold Pocket Watch - Superb Example -...
R 52 576
Professional dealer
32
NL
Marine Chronometer Very good 122mm Manual winding
James McCabe Brass Marine Chronometer Eight Days Clock
R 257 497
Free shipping
Professional dealer
754
UK
Very good 38mm
Damentaschenuhr Hufeinsenform
R 60 596
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.