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IWC Taschenuhr Pocket Watch Open Face
R 26,221
Seller
Strebel GmbH
11
DE
Junghans pocket watch
R 9,833
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Steiner Maastricht
281
NL
Rolex Cellini Pocket Watch Gold 3718
R 51,449
Free shipping
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Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
335
UK
BELLECOUR Poche squelette.
R 13,930
Seller
Pasternak Joaillier
 
FR
Longines Grands Prix Chronographe - Cronografo da tasca "open...
R 27,040
Seller
La Clessidra Orologi S.r.l.
111
IT
Patek Philippe Pocket Watch 18 Karat Gold
R 423,930
Free shipping
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CJ Charles Jewelers
8
US
A. Lange & Söhne DUF Taschenuhr Lepine 14 kt. Rotgold
R 53,261
Seller
Uhrmacherhandwerk
239
DE
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Waltham Very rare Waltham mod. 1888 19j, year 1893-99
R 86,857
Seller
Private Seller
 
IT
Vacheron Constantin 1890 14K
R 47,525
Seller
swisstreasures
34
CH
Patek Philippe Vintage Open Face Split-Second Chronograph...
R 245,493
Seller
Bachmann & Scher
185
DE
damas pocket watch
R 3,114
Seller
Steiner Maastricht
281
NL
L'Aiglon Vintage Pocket Watch Gold
R 42,095
Free shipping
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Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
335
UK
IWC Schützenuhr München 1906, schönes Zifferblatt.
R 26,221
Seller
Secondhandwatch
72
DE
Union Glashütte 1A Savonette
R 128,154
Free shipping
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Uhren Atelier Gehm GmbH
245
DE
Panerai Compass Original From 1984
R 349,119
Free shipping
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CJ Charles Jewelers
8
US
Cartier 29 Jewels Repeater
R 953,475
Seller
Continental Coin & Jewelry Co.
 
US
TOP
Waltham 1895
R 29,498
Seller
Private Seller
 
NL
Jaeger-LeCoultre Jaeger Le Coultre 18K 1950 rare
R 36,054
Seller
swisstreasures
34
CH
Lange und Söhne Lange & Söhne um 1906 Taschenuhr Gold
R 96,689
Seller
Juwelier Edmund Arnold GmbH
78
DE
IWC Savonette Pocket Watch 14k Rose Gold Bj-1897
R 53,261
Seller
Bachmann & Scher
185
DE
Vacheron Constantin Pocket Watch
R 65,481
Free shipping
Seller
Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
335
UK
Patek Philippe Pocket Watch
R 101,948
Free shipping
Seller
WatchBox
471
US
A. Lange & Söhne Savonette 1A 107,8g 18K Diamant Zertifikat
R 154,375
Free shipping
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Uhren Atelier Gehm GmbH
245
DE
A. Lange & Söhne Pocket Watch
R 423,930
Free shipping
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CJ Charles Jewelers
8
US
IWC Frackuhr in Stahl, schönes Zifferblatt.
R 11,472
Seller
Secondhandwatch
72
DE
TOP
Patek Philippe Gondolo
R 172,074
Seller
Private Seller
 
DE
Badollet Rare 1/4 répétion minute 18k
R 63,913
Seller
swisstreasures
34
CH
Lange und Söhne um 1915 Taschenuhr Gold
R 160,603
Seller
Juwelier Edmund Arnold GmbH
78
DE
Rolex Vintage GMT-Master Ref-1675 18k Yellow Gold Tiger Eye...
R 392,166
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Bachmann & Scher
185
DE
Valy Fateh Mohemed & Sons Rajkot Silver & Enamel Vintage...
R 17,773
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Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
335
UK
Waltham 14k Yellow Gold Pocket Watch Octogan Shaped Case...
R 36,672
Seller
Philippe's Watches
11
US
Glashütte Original Deutsche Präzisionsuhr Orig. Glashütt...
R 51,950
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Uhren Atelier Gehm GmbH
245
DE
Longines Francillon L7.024.6.11.1
R 42,540
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LuxWatch.Com
49
US
Tempor Watch Schöne Freimaurer (Masonic) Uhr in Silber
R 24,582
Seller
Secondhandwatch
72
DE
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Ulysse Nardin tasca
R 122,091
Seller
Private Seller
 
IT
Louis Brandt Taschenuhr mit Vollkalender, Mondphase und...
R 95,051
Seller
Bargello Uhren Juwelen GmbH
72
AT
IWC Schaffhausen, Rare 14K Yellow Gold Pocket Watch, Circa 1905
R 38,799
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Estates Consignments
111
US
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Zenith Savonette Sprungdeckel 585 Gold Taschenuhr
R 22,927
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Private Seller
 
DE
E.Howard & Co Boston Full Hunter
R 79,513
Free shipping
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Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
335
UK
TOP
F.P.Journe Octa Chronograph
R 586,754
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Private Seller
 
US
Patek Philippe Vintage Lepine Pocket Chronograph Ref- 685 18k...
R 467,059
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Bachmann & Scher
185
DE
Schweiz 1/4 Viertel Quarter Repetition Repeater Chronograph 59mm
R 48,181
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Uhren Atelier Gehm GmbH
245
DE
TOP
Patek Philippe Da tasca. Meccanismo n 153236
R 64,405
Seller
Private Seller
 
IT
Fabergé Faberge Schmuckuhr von 1914/1915 selten Antik Diamantr...
R 344,149
Seller
Juwelier Edmund Arnold GmbH
78
DE
TOP
A. Lange & Söhne pocket watch 1A 18K
R 81,940
Seller
Private Seller
 
CZ
Taschenuhr IWC Oversize 57mm
R 14,585
Seller
Bargello Uhren Juwelen GmbH
72
AT
Chopard Taschenuhr 63
R 31,137
Seller
Uhren Siegl
22
AT
A Double Sided Calendar
R 70,158
Free shipping
Seller
Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
335
UK
Zenith Oignon
R 11,474
Seller
Curtit Swiss Watches
30
CH
Jaeger-LeCoultre / El Aguila Savonette Minute Repeater...
R 102,917
Seller
Bachmann & Scher
185
DE
A. Lange & Söhne 1A Savonette 54,5mm 135g Zertifikat
R 171,091
Free shipping
Seller
Uhren Atelier Gehm GmbH
245
DE
A. Lange & Söhne Open Face
R 40,806
Seller
Edmund Arnold Juwelen und Uhren seit 1880 Ges.m.b.H
92
AT
A.Lange und Söhne Glashütte A.Lange u.Söhne Glashütte Taschenu...
R 130,285
Seller
Juwelier Edmund Arnold GmbH
78
DE
TOP
Longines Chronograph counter in metal, split second
R 52,278
Seller
Private Seller
 
FI
Taschenuhr IWC Frackuhr Stahl 1938
R 22,943
Seller
Bargello Uhren Juwelen GmbH
72
AT
Patek Philippe Pocket Watch
R 101,948
Free shipping
Seller
WatchBox
471
US
Full Hunter Quarter Repeater Calendar
R 107,576
Free shipping
Seller
Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
335
UK
Chopard Taschenuhr 89 Savonette graviert
R 30,810
Seller
Uhren Siegl
22
AT
Cartier Lepine Pocket Watch 950 Platin Vacheron Constantin...
R 145,854
Seller
Bachmann & Scher
185
DE
A. Lange & Söhne Seltene Stahl Lepine
R 50,475
Free shipping
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Uhren Atelier Gehm GmbH
245
DE
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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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