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Omega Omega 14K Gold Pocket Watch Very good Yellow gold 46mm Manual winding
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Omega 14K Gold Art Deco pocket watch 1929
Rp. 28,406,631
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149
HU
Waltham Good 50mm Manual winding
Waltham Vintage pocket watch Traveller
Rp. 6,040,184
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20
ES
Zenith zenith chronograph gold 50 mm OF  pocketwatch Very good Yellow gold 50mm Manual winding
Zenith chrongraph open face pocket watch
Rp. 39,083,546
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56
NL
Audemars Piguet 25701PT.OO.0000XX.03 Very good Platinum 52mm Manual winding
Audemars Piguet Platinum Grand Complication Pocket Watch, ref....
Rp. 4,029,896,408
Professional dealer
88
US
Patek Philippe Good Yellow gold
Patek Philippe Pocket Watch 18 Karat Gold
Rp. 424,824,352
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30
US
Movado Good Gold/Steel Automatic
Movado Ermeto
Rp. 40,149,460
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38
SE
A. Lange & Söhne Very good Red gold 44mm Manual winding
A. Lange & Söhne 1A Lepine ADOLPH LANGE DRESDEN 1872
Rp. 131,640,487
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571
DE
M35352 Vintage 1890's Minute Repeater
Rp. 183,177,109
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186
US
Movado Very good Yellow gold Manual winding
Movado Ermeto Yellow Gold Vintage Pocket Watch for Horovitz
Rp. 45,418,823
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202
CH
Zenith Zenith Silver Schützenuhr Unworn Silver 31mm Manual winding
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Zenith Silver Schützen Ladies Pocket watch taschenuhr 1979
Rp. 15,970,958
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149
HU
Very good Platinum 44mm Manual winding
Tiffany & Co Open face
Rp. 69,607,302
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36
US
Very good Yellow gold 42mm Manual winding
emaille Geneva ca 1800 open face gold pocket watch
Rp. 56,848,793
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56
NL
Very good Yellow gold 50mm Manual winding
Dennison Watch Case Co.Ltd ALD Yellow Gold 18k
Rp. 60,401,843
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125
ES
A. Lange & Söhne 63668 Good Yellow gold Manual winding
A. Lange & Söhne Pocket Watch
Rp. 423,358,935
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30
US
Longines 1906166 Good Yellow gold Manual winding
Longines Remontoire
Rp. 14,212,198
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42
NL
A. Lange & Söhne Very good Yellow gold 52mm Manual winding
A. Lange & Söhne 1A Qualität Lepine Zertifikat
Rp. 137,325,367
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571
DE
IWC
IWC Stainless Steel Pocketwatch
Rp. 29,308,338
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186
US
Patek Philippe Good Yellow gold 47mm Manual winding
Patek Philippe Taschenuhr Lepine 18 ct. Gold Ø 47mm ca. 1908
Rp. 87,937,977
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28
DE
IWC Very good Yellow gold Manual winding
IWC Pocketwatch, in Gold 18kt with Chronograph und Min.repetition
Rp. 444,131,199
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94
DE
Elgin 50mm Manual winding
Elgin
Rp. 12,456,043
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688
US
A. Lange & Söhne Saxonia 76215 Very good Silver 58mm Manual winding
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A. Lange & Söhne Taschenuhr
Rp. 33,753,971
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DE
Very good Yellow gold 53mm Manual winding
C.J & A.Perrenoud & Cie Yellow Gold 18k - Circa 1885
Rp. 76,390,566
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125
ES
Panerai Very good
Panerai Compass Original From 1984
Rp. 350,088,092
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30
US
Vacheron Constantin Yellow gold 43mm Manual winding
Vacheron Constantin VINTAGE VACHERON CONSTANTIN CONVERTED...
Rp. 32,971,880
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287
US
Patek Philippe 782 Very good White gold 40mm Manual winding
Patek Philippe Rare Golf Amagnetic Cal. 27AM400
Rp. 143,898,508
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571
DE
Illinois
Illinois Bunn Special Railroad Watch
Rp. 13,921,460
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186
US
Waltham Very good Yellow gold Manual winding
Waltham 1919 Full Hunter 10Ct gold filled Pocket Watch 17...
Rp. 7,408,808
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95
UK
Rolex Very good Steel 48mm Manual winding
Rolex Aviator Pocket Watch Conversion 48mm Manual-Wind,...
Rp. 474,795,068
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796
US
Zenith Very good Palladium 49mm Manual winding
Zenith tasca Ferrovie dello stato palladio
Rp. 15,988,723
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62
IT
Ulysse Nardin 55818-16785-B1 Very good Yellow gold 53mm Manual winding
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Ulysse Nardin tasca
Rp. 132,351,097
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IT
Very good Yellow gold 49mm Manual winding
Charles Ed Lardet Yellow Gold 18k Chimes Hour Quarter Minute
Rp. 76,390,566
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125
ES
Chopard U 3001/3 Good White gold 41mm Manual winding
Chopard - Taschenuhr Open Face U 3001/3 Handaufzug Weißgold...
Rp. 63,954,893
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127
DE
Doxa Very good 70mm Manual winding
Doxa Eisenbahneruhr mit Reitergravur
Rp. 16,876,986
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214
AT
A. Lange & Söhne Good 50.5mm Manual winding
A. Lange & Söhne 1A Qualität Zertifikat Diamant
Rp. 132,173,445
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571
DE
Patek Philippe Vintage Very good Yellow gold 43mm Manual winding
Patek Philippe Vintage Open Face Split-Second Chronograph...
Rp. 266,123,414
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481
DE
Omega OMEGA savonnette Pulsomètre / Medical watch Gold 32gr Good Yellow gold 50mm Manual winding
Omega Pulsometre
Rp. 76,390,566
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54
BE
Piaget Very good 40mm Manual winding
Piaget J. Piaget & Sons 18kt Gold Full Case Pocketwatch,...
Rp. 39,434,368
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796
US
Patek Philippe 600/1 Good Yellow gold 44,5mm Manual winding
Patek Philippe Tasca
Rp. 69,284,467
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172
IT
IWC Unworn Yellow gold 52mm Manual winding
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IWC Hunting Watch 18 ct. yellow gold,
Rp. 44,235,467
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FI
Cartier Tank Française WE1018S3 Very good White gold 25mm Quartz
Cartier TANK FRANCAISE
Rp. 204,300,351
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228
CZ
Vacheron Constantin Very good Yellow gold 47mm Manual winding
Vacheron Constantin Pocket watch
Rp. 87,937,977
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302
IT
IWC Yellow gold 45mm Manual winding
IWC Tiffany Dial Pocket Watch
Rp. 51,289,591
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688
US
A. Lange & Söhne Good Yellow gold 53mm Manual winding
A. Lange & Söhne Savonette 1A Qualität Zertifikat Diamant
Rp. 127,199,175
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571
DE
A. Lange & Söhne DUF Very good Rose gold 49mm Manual winding
A. Lange & Söhne Vintage SAVONETTE DUF Quality 14k Rose Gold...
Rp. 103,571,396
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481
DE
Zenith zenith pocket Very good Yellow gold Manual winding
Zenith Chronomètre oro 18 kt 750 revisionato Pocket
Rp. 24,871,347
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428
IT
Tiffany Very good 43mm Manual winding
Tiffany & Co. 18K Solid Gold Open Face 1920s Vintage Pocket...
Rp. 36,928,505
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796
US
Patek Philippe Very good Yellow gold 33mm Manual winding
Patek Philippe Hunting pocket Ladies watch Enamel dial Yellow...
Rp. 70,172,729
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420
IT
Patek Philippe AMPR-SCI Very good Yellow gold 45mm Manual winding
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Patek Philippe 99368 Remontoir YG 18K, 20 LINES, Original Box...
Rp. 122,757,863
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ES
Longines 1287 Very good Steel 48mm Manual winding
Longines Pocket Watch Longines 1287 Stainless Steel 48mm
Rp. 5,677,353
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874
CH
Patek Philippe Gondolo Very good Yellow gold 56mm Manual winding
Patek Philippe Gondolo
Rp. 154,557,657
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302
IT
Rolex Cellini 3717 Very good Yellow gold 36mm Manual winding
Rolex Cellini Pocket
Rp. 46,189,645
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289
IT
A. Lange & Söhne Good Red gold 50mm Manual winding
A. Lange & Söhne 1898 Lepine Zertifikat
Rp. 81,187,183
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571
DE
Audemars Piguet Very good Yellow gold 34mm Manual winding
Audemars Piguet Vintage Loius Audemars Pocket Watch Bj-1900
Rp. 57,381,751
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481
DE
Elgin elgin Very good Yellow gold 53mm Manual winding
Elgin 14kt NATL WATCH Co El meridiano mercaderes N 8 Mexico
Rp. 39,083,546
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428
IT
Tiffany Very good Platinum 45mm Manual winding
Tiffany & Co. Solid Platinum Vintage 1930s Pocket Watch 45mm...
Rp. 52,740,353
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796
US
Cartier Cartier Very good Steel Quartz
Cartier Rubino Sveglia da Tavolo
Rp. 8,882,624
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71
IT
60147 Good Yellow gold 51,5mm Manual winding
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Picard & Fils, Le Chaux de Fond, Switzerland Pegasus Repetition
Rp. 40,860,070
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IT
Glashütte Original Very good Yellow gold 51mm Manual winding
Glashütte Original Taschenuhr Lange Uhr Deutsche Uhrenfabrikat...
Rp. 69,977,312
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1805
DE
Rolex Cellini 3718 Very good Yellow gold 36mm Manual winding
Rolex Cellini Yellow Gold Pocket Watch ref. 3718 Box & Paper...
Rp. 67,507,942
Professional dealer
111
IT
IWC Big Pilot Titanium 48mm Manual winding
IWC Big Pilots Watch Style Pocket Watch Conversion Manual Wind...
Rp. 26,377,504
Professional dealer
287
US

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.