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Cartier 1912 ART DECO PLATINUM CHAIN ENAMEL PENDANT WATCH
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Cartier 1912 ART DECO PLATINUM CHAIN ENAMEL PENDANT WATCH
7,007 
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Ye Olde Timekeepers, Inc.
9
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Jaeger-LeCoultre HECTOR GOLAY COLLARBRATION  MINUTEMASSIVE...
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Jaeger-LeCoultre HECTOR GOLAY COLLARBRATION MINUTEMASSIVE...
20,437 
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Ye Olde Timekeepers, Inc.
9
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Vacheron Constantin LARGE RARE & EARLY 18 KT YG QUARTER HOUR...
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Vacheron Constantin LARGE RARE & EARLY 18 KT YG QUARTER HOUR...
6,256 
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Ye Olde Timekeepers, Inc.
9
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EXCELSIOR PARK Chronograph
EXCELSIOR PARK Chronograph
1,150 
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Private Seller
 
FI
Glashütte Original Glashutte Bei Dresden
Glashütte Original Glashutte Bei Dresden
2,750 
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Private Seller
 
FI
IWC Taschenuhr Vollkalender
IWC Taschenuhr Vollkalender
6,250 
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A. Grimmeissen Uhren An- und Verkauf
131
DE
IWC Savonette
IWC Savonette
2,700 
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Hans Opel GmbH
 
DE
Corgemont watch Chronometre, vintage silver , serviced
Corgemont watch Chronometre, vintage silver , serviced
165 
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hankkija ou
705
FI
Movado RARE Vintage Movado Ermeto Pullman Pocket Purse Day...
Movado RARE Vintage Movado Ermeto Pullman Pocket Purse Day...
1,209 
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Collectors Coins & Jewelry
5
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Glashütte Original Deutsche Präzisionsuhr  Glashütte cal.43...
Glashütte Original Deutsche Präzisionsuhr Glashütte cal.43...
2,650 
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Uhren - Borgardts
 
DE
Eterna open face 14K Gold
Eterna open face 14K Gold
890 
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UP Hoofddorp
19
NL
NOVY POCKET  WATCH LEPINE  ALLBLA CK SKELETTON SWISS MADE
NOVY POCKET WATCH LEPINE ALLBLA CK SKELETTON SWISS MADE
990 
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EURO NORD EURL
 
FR
Longines 1920s Longines platinum diamond enamel cameo pendant...
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Longines 1920s Longines platinum diamond enamel cameo pendant...
2,294 
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Ye Olde Timekeepers, Inc.
9
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A. Lange & Söhne Ankerchronometer
A. Lange & Söhne Ankerchronometer
14,880 
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Henry´s Auktionshaus AG
DE
Silvana Militär Taschenuhr
Silvana Militär Taschenuhr
500 
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A. Grimmeissen Uhren An- und Verkauf
131
DE
Swatch Pocket Watch - ETA quartz
Swatch Pocket Watch - ETA quartz
30 
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Optimal Watch
TR
Helvetia Rare vintage "pin set "  silver, serviced
Helvetia Rare vintage "pin set " silver, serviced
225 
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hankkija ou
705
FI
E. Leonville Lock Antique  14K Yellow Rose Gold Hand-Etched...
E. Leonville Lock Antique 14K Yellow Rose Gold Hand-Etched...
1,401 
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Collectors Coins & Jewelry
5
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Montin rattrappante
Montin rattrappante
3,500 
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ANTIC..ARTE
 
IT
Hampden Watch & Co Gold Mantel
Hampden Watch & Co Gold Mantel
450 
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UP Hoofddorp
19
NL
NOVY MONTRE DE POCHE
NOVY MONTRE DE POCHE
245 
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EURO NORD EURL
 
FR
Franck Muller 8880 SC
Franck Muller 8880 SC
7,759 
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X10-WATCH
HK
Chopard Taschenuhr Lépine
Chopard Taschenuhr Lépine
12,713 
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Chronometrie Beyer AG
 
CH
Universal Genève Frackuhr
Universal Genève Frackuhr
1,100 
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A. Grimmeissen Uhren An- und Verkauf
131
DE
Marke: Bouvier Freres / Code: 1198 Bouvier Freres 18kt....
Marke: Bouvier Freres / Code: 1198 Bouvier Freres 18kt....
4,990 
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chronopark GmbH
 
DE
Elgin vintage , serviced in very good condition
Elgin vintage , serviced in very good condition
205 
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hankkija ou
705
FI
Tiffany Antique Tiffany & Co 18K Gold Pearl Diamond Triple...
Tiffany Antique Tiffany & Co 18K Gold Pearl Diamond Triple...
5,839 
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Collectors Coins & Jewelry
5
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Roskopf Manual Winding
Roskopf Manual Winding
150 
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COMPRA-VENTA JAVIER CALVO
ES
Elgin 14k Muti-Tone Gold Elgin Antique Pocket Watch 1.5" Diameter
Elgin 14k Muti-Tone Gold Elgin Antique Pocket Watch 1.5" Diameter
1,043 
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Tangible Investments
 
US
Longines 878
Longines 878
5,500 
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Kreativ & Exclusiv
69
DE
Zenith Chronometre Deck Watch calibre 5011K
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Zenith Chronometre Deck Watch calibre 5011K
4,100 
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Private Seller
 
NL
Vacheron Constantin Vacheron Constantin Prunksavonette 18ct...
Vacheron Constantin Vacheron Constantin Prunksavonette 18ct...
125,000 
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Linckersdorff Collectors Watches GmbH
6
DE
Zenith Cronometre Zenith Grand Prix Paris 1900 14K
Zenith Cronometre Zenith Grand Prix Paris 1900 14K
1,390 
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Luxurywatch.ee
9
EE
A 14k R/G Full Hunter Complete Calendar Moonphase Pocket Watch
A 14k R/G Full Hunter Complete Calendar Moonphase Pocket Watch
4,079 
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Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
145
UK
Zenith silver , serviced in good condition
Zenith silver , serviced in good condition
225 
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hankkija ou
705
FI
NG Vintage Antique  14k 585 Solid Yellow Gold Pocket Watch
NG Vintage Antique 14k 585 Solid Yellow Gold Pocket Watch
1,084 
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Collectors Coins & Jewelry
5
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DAVID I. CRABBE POCKET WATCH
DAVID I. CRABBE POCKET WATCH
300 
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COMPRA-VENTA JAVIER CALVO
ES
Waltham 1892 American Waltham 14k Yellow Gold Pocketwatch
Waltham 1892 American Waltham 14k Yellow Gold Pocketwatch
830 
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Tangible Investments
 
US
International Watch Orologio da tasca
International Watch Orologio da tasca
3,200 
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BONAZZA S.R.L.
 
IT
Vacheron Constantin 59001/000j
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Vacheron Constantin 59001/000j
2,450 
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Private Seller
 
IT
IWC Prunktaschenuhr Museale Qualität Einzelstück Selten
IWC Prunktaschenuhr Museale Qualität Einzelstück Selten
125,000 
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Linckersdorff Collectors Watches GmbH
6
DE
IWC 14 Karat Gelbgold Savonette Lentille Kaliber 66-20  v 1925
IWC 14 Karat Gelbgold Savonette Lentille Kaliber 66-20 v 1925
3,299 
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Buxtehuder Uhrenbörse GmbH
403
DE
Waltham 9k Y/G White Arabic Dial Half Hunter Vintage Pocket Watch
Waltham 9k Y/G White Arabic Dial Half Hunter Vintage Pocket Watch
1,107 
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Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
145
UK
Zenith vintage silver 24h original dial in very good condition
Zenith vintage silver 24h original dial in very good condition
265 
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hankkija ou
705
FI
Elgin 1940 Elgin Solid 14K Yellow Gold 17 Jewels Pocket Watch
Elgin 1940 Elgin Solid 14K Yellow Gold 17 Jewels Pocket Watch
830 
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Collectors Coins & Jewelry
5
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Jaeger-LeCoultre 8 DAYS MANUAL WINDING
Jaeger-LeCoultre 8 DAYS MANUAL WINDING
200 
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COMPRA-VENTA JAVIER CALVO
ES
Vacheron Constantin 18k White Gold Vintage Open Face 18 Jewel
Vacheron Constantin 18k White Gold Vintage Open Face 18 Jewel
2,502 
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Tangible Investments
 
US
Glashütte Original Savonette-Präzisionstaschenuhr Kal. 43 Typ 3.1
Glashütte Original Savonette-Präzisionstaschenuhr Kal. 43 Typ 3.1
6,950 
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LUXUHRIA Uhren&Schmuck
30
DE
Ulysse Nardin tasca
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Ulysse Nardin tasca
8,400 
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Private Seller
 
IT
Vivier a Rouen Oignon Spindeltaschenuhr hochfeine Emaille...
Vivier a Rouen Oignon Spindeltaschenuhr hochfeine Emaille...
13,500 
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Linckersdorff Collectors Watches GmbH
6
DE
Longines NOS Schiedsrichter Uhr im Gehäuse
Longines NOS Schiedsrichter Uhr im Gehäuse
5,300 
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Kreativ & Exclusiv
69
DE
L'Aiglon Vintage Pocket Watch Gold
L'Aiglon Vintage Pocket Watch Gold
2,622 
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Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
145
UK
Elgin vintage , serviced
Elgin vintage , serviced
175 
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hankkija ou
705
FI
Cartier Antique Cartier Solid 18K Gold Open Face Pocket Double...
Cartier Antique Cartier Solid 18K Gold Open Face Pocket Double...
7,507 
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Collectors Coins & Jewelry
5
US
Hermès MANUAL WINDING
Hermès MANUAL WINDING
200 
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COMPRA-VENTA JAVIER CALVO
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C. L Guinand 18k Gold Swiss Split Second Chronograph 49mm
C. L Guinand 18k Gold Swiss Split Second Chronograph 49mm
3,128 
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Tangible Investments
 
US
Steinmeyer Pforzheim Beobachtungsuhr in Silber
Steinmeyer Pforzheim Beobachtungsuhr in Silber
900 
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Secondhandwatch
37
DE
A La Ville de Paris Manàos A la ville de paris
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A La Ville de Paris Manàos A la ville de paris
750 
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Private Seller
 
IT
J. Assmann Glashütte Minutenrepetition 18ct Gold
J. Assmann Glashütte Minutenrepetition 18ct Gold
35,000 
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Linckersdorff Collectors Watches GmbH
6
DE
IWC Schaffhausen, Rare 14K Yellow Gold Pocket Watch, Circa 1905
IWC Schaffhausen, Rare 14K Yellow Gold Pocket Watch, Circa 1905
2,540 
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Estates Consignments
30
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LeCoultre 18k Rose Gold Open Face Quarter Repeater Pocket Watch
LeCoultre 18k Rose Gold Open Face Quarter Repeater Pocket Watch
3,088 
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Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
145
UK
Omega serviced in  good working condition
Omega serviced in good working condition
165 
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hankkija ou
705
FI
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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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