Log in or register
Brand
Model
Price
Case diameter
Year
Location
More
Your selection
Clear selection

Your selection
Clear selection

Your selection
Clear selection

No results found.
Your selection
Clear selection

No results found.
Your selection
Clear selection

No results found.
Basic information
Style of watch
Watch type
More...
Reference number
More...
New/Pre-owned
Offer type
Gender
Availability
Condition
More...
Scope of delivery
Characteristics & functions
Movement
Case material
More...
Dial
More...
Crystal
More...
Functions
More...
Thickness
More...
Bezel material
More...
Dial numerals
Water resistance
More...
Others
More...
Bracelet/strap
Bracelet material
More...
Clasp
More...
Lug width
More...
Bracelet color
More...
Clasp material
More...
Save this search Cancel

View

Sort by

Longines 2633102 Unworn Steel Manual winding Finland, Ylämylly
TOP
Longines Chronograph counter in metal, split second
2 750 
Private Seller
 
FI
A. Lange & Söhne Very good Silver 52mm Manual winding
TOP
A. Lange & Söhne Als Savonette Von 1950 Handaufzug Kal. 41...
2 560 
Verified Dealer
2494
DE
Sinn EZM 13 613.010 New Steel 41mm Automatic
TOP
Sinn EZM 13
2 350 
Verified Dealer
94
DE
Tissot Very good Yellow gold 44mm Manual winding
TOP
Tissot Vintage Pocket Watch in 14K Gold 53 Gram's Rare Condition
1 150 
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
626
NL
Zenith 5087 Good Silver 35mm Manual winding Finland, Imatra
Zenith rare vintage silver marriage / engagement pocket necklace
195 
Verified Dealer
1272
FI
Vacheron Constantin Very good Yellow gold 60mm Manual winding
Vacheron Constantin Prunksavonette 18ct Gold Napoleon 153 g
125 000 
Verified Dealer
25
DE
Very good Yellow gold 52mm Manual winding
Rare World Time Full Calendar Pocket Watch
11 320 
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
507
UK
Good 50mm Manual winding
ウォルサム 懐中時計 アンティーク 1945年頃金張 手巻【中古】A【質屋出品】WALTHAM
608 
Verified Dealer
66
JP
Rolex Oyster Perpetual 31 177200 Unworn Steel 31mm Automatic
Rolex Oyster Perpetual 31
4 006 
Verified Dealer
 
UK
Elgin 6993633 Very good Yellow gold 50mm Manual winding
TOP
Elgin pocket watch serial number: 6993633 model 6, class 33,...
2 500 
Private Seller
 
CH
3-D-567080 New Yellow gold 46mm Manual winding
Degussa Limited Edition Taschenuhr
6 680 
Verified Dealer
 
DE
283966 Very good Yellow gold Manual winding
NG Vintage Antique 14k 585 Solid Yellow Gold Pocket Watch
1 229 
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
477
US
A. Lange & Söhne Very good Yellow gold 56mm Manual winding
A. Lange & Söhne 585/-er Gold - Viertelrepetition -1A Zustand
75 000 
Verified Dealer
9
DE
H.Moser & Cie. Good Silver 53mm Manual winding Finland, Imatra
H.Moser & Cie. serviced vintage rare silver model in rare good...
425 
Verified Dealer
1272
FI
Vacheron Constantin Good Yellow gold Manual winding
Vacheron Constantin Prunkrelief Jugendstil 18ct Gold Taschenuhr
9 800 
Verified Dealer
25
DE
Vacheron Constantin Very good Rose gold 48mm Manual winding
Vacheron Constantin Full Hunter Pocket Watch
4 586 
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
507
UK
Hamilton Good Yellow gold 44.5mm Manual winding
Hamilton ハミルトン 懐中時計 アンティークK14YG 手巻 HAMILTON【中古】ランクA《返品可》【質屋出品】...
1 263 
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
66
JP
Movado Movado platinum pocket watch 950 Very good Platinum Manual winding
Movado platinum
1 399 
Verified Dealer
 
RO
Vacheron Constantin ref11411 Good Rose gold Manual winding
Vacheron Constantin Jumping hour pocket watch
4 161 335 
Private Seller
KR
Patek Philippe Very good Yellow gold Manual winding
TOP
Patek Philippe 18K Open Faced "Pomme et Filet" Top Wind Dated...
4 644 
Verified Dealer
20
UK
IWC Good Yellow gold
IWC Tasca 18 Kt. Cal.52 gr.82,6
1 700 
Verified Dealer
8
IT
A. Lange & Söhne 1A Very good Yellow gold 50mm Manual winding
A. Lange & Söhne Antique Savonette 1A Quality 18k Yellow Gold...
10 930 
Verified Dealer
304
DE
433 Good Steel 53mm Manual winding Finland, imatra
Perfecta very rare vintage with "skip" movement
195 
Verified Dealer
1272
FI
Frederique Constant Freimaurer Good Silver Manual winding
Frederique Constant Freimaurer Taschenuhr Massiv Silber -...
4 950 
Verified Dealer
25
DE
Very good Yellow gold 47mm Manual winding
Full Hunter Quarter Repeater Pocket Watch
2 903 
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
507
UK
Rolex Oyster Precision Very good Yellow gold 45mm Manual winding
Rolex Ultra Rare 18K Precision Chronometer from the 1960's
6 138 
Verified Dealer
52
US
Jaeger-LeCoultre Lecoultre Futurematic, plaqué or 10 microns, vers 1955. Good 35mm Manual winding
Jaeger-LeCoultre Futurematic
3 500 
Verified Dealer
 
FR
Patek Philippe 48530 Very good Rose gold Manual winding
TOP
Patek Philippe
6 145 
Private Seller
 
HU
11575 Yellow gold 29mm Manual winding
Miscellaneous Yerri
426 
Verified Dealer
405
US
Cartier Very good Yellow gold 44mm Manual winding
Cartier Antique Cartier Solid 18K Gold Open Face Pocket Double...
8 512 
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
477
US
Longines Very good Rose gold 54mm Manual winding
Longines Vintage Savonette Pocket Watch Minute Repeater...
7 930 
Verified Dealer
304
DE
Aerowatch 6533 Very good Silver 48mm Quartz Finland, Imatra
Aerowatch Neuchatel thin, 925 sterling silver in very good...
195 
Verified Dealer
FI
Good Yellow gold Manual winding
JACQUEMART FIGURENAUTOMAT 1/4 Repetition skelettierte Taschenuhr
14 000 
Verified Dealer
25
DE
Jaeger-LeCoultre 9104 Very good White gold 42mm Manual winding
Jaeger-LeCoultre Full Hunter Pocket Watch 9104
4 006 
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
507
UK
Elgin H. H. Taylor Unworn Yellow gold 55mm Manual winding
Elgin 14K Multicolor Hunting Case Model H. H. Taylor
11 628 
Verified Dealer
34
US
Good 48.2mm Manual winding
14kt 585 Gold Open Face Taschenuhr Mit Sichtfenster / Durchmes...
850 
Verified Dealer
270
DE
Ulysse Nardin 55818-16785-B1 Very good Yellow gold 53mm Manual winding
TOP
Ulysse Nardin tasca
7 450 
Private Seller
 
IT
Omega Fair Steel 51mm Manual winding
Omega Pocket watch
500 
Verified Dealer
92
IT
Tiffany Very good Yellow gold 35mm Manual winding
Tiffany Antique Tiffany & Co 18K Gold Pearl Diamond Triple...
6 620 
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
477
US
Omega CK1064-7 Very good Steel 50.5mm Manual winding
Omega Vintage Water-Resistant Lépine Étanche Pocket Watch...
2 280 
Verified Dealer
304
DE
Zenith 04.0150.231 Very good Gold/Steel 50mm Manual winding Finland, imatra
Zenith MINT pocket watch, incablock, looking like new
495 
Verified Dealer
1272
FI
Good Yellow gold Manual winding
unbek. Musikspieluhr mit 1/4-Repetition 18ct Gold übergroß
12 000 
Verified Dealer
25
DE
Fair 51mm Manual winding
A Gold Plated Porcelain Dial Manual Wind Pocket Watch C1900
552 
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
507
UK
Doxa Very good 70mm Manual winding
Doxa Eisenbahneruhr mit Reitergravur
950 
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
164
AT
Good 26.5mm Manual winding
18kt 750 Gold Handaufzug Damenuhr Armbanduhr / Umgebaute...
950 
Verified Dealer
270
DE
Patek Philippe AMPR-SCI Very good Yellow gold 45mm Manual winding
TOP
Patek Philippe 99368 Remontoir YG 18K, 20 LINES, Original Box...
6 999 
Private Seller
 
ES
Audemars Piguet 25701PT.OO.0000XX.03 Very good Platinum 52mm Manual winding
Audemars Piguet Platinum Grand Complication Pocket Watch, ref....
260 083 
Verified Dealer
52
US
Omega Very good White gold 44mm Manual winding
Omega Vintage Men's Omega 585% 14K White Gold Silver 17J 44mm...
1 419 
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
477
US
Patek Philippe Vintage 685 Very good Yellow gold 45mm Manual winding
Patek Philippe Vintage Lepine Pocket Chronograph Ref- 685 18k...
28 500 
Verified Dealer
304
DE
Zenith 3223694 Very good Silver 54mm Manual winding Finland, imatra
Zenith BIG silver model, serviced
345 
Verified Dealer
1272
FI
Very good Yellow gold Manual winding
unbekannt Große Skelettierte Spindeltaschenuhr 18ct Viertelrep...
14 000 
Verified Dealer
25
DE
Jaeger-LeCoultre Very good Yellow gold 39mm Manual winding
Jaeger-LeCoultre Pendant Pocket Watch
3 773 
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
507
UK
Cyma Good Steel 52mm Manual winding
Cyma Military Pocket
490 
Verified Dealer
92
IT
Good 20.9mm Manual winding
Geneve 14kt 585 Gold Open Face Taschenuhr / Anhängeuhr /...
350 
Verified Dealer
270
DE
Good Yellow gold 51mmmm Manual winding
TOP
Robert Roskell Liverpool 18k ornate pocket watch, 1825
5 794 
Private Seller
 
UK
Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar 725/2 Very good Yellow gold 46mm Manual winding
Patek Philippe Yellow Gold Perpetual Calendar Pocket Watch
56 745 
Verified Dealer
52
US
Omega Very good Yellow gold Manual winding
Omega 3x pocket watches Omega/Zenith/Girard Perregaux
2 700 
Verified Dealer
48
CH
Audemars Piguet Very good Yellow gold 34mm Manual winding
Audemars Piguet Vintage Loius Audemars Pocket Watch Bj-1900
3 230 
Verified Dealer
304
DE
Unikatuhren Taschenuhr mit Wappen Geneve Good Platinum 43,0mm Manual winding
Unikatuhren unbekannt
4 900 
Verified Dealer
20
DE
IWC Very good Yellow gold 60mm Manual winding
IWC Prunktaschenuhr Museale Qualität Einzelstück Selten
125 000 
Verified Dealer
25
DE
  • 30
  • 60
  • 120

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.