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IWC IWC Silver pocket watch Very good Silver 51mm Manual winding
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IWC Silver Cal 57T Pocket watch taschenuhr 1926
฿38,403
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140
HU
IWC IW5201 Very good Yellow gold 45mm Manual winding
IWC ポケットウォッチ メンズ
฿81,511
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JP
Zenith Very good Palladium 49mm Manual winding
Zenith tasca Ferrovie dello stato palladio
฿34,597
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51
IT
Lemania Very good Yellow gold 53mm Manual winding
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Lemania Armand Schwob&Frére Pocket Watch Erotic
฿422,858
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ES
A. Lange & Söhne Good Yellow gold 50mm Manual winding
A. Lange & Söhne 1A Qualität Zertifikat Diamant
฿206,816
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556
DE
Chopard U 3001/3 Good White gold 41mm Manual winding
Chopard - Taschenuhr Open Face U 3001/3 Handaufzug Weißgold...
฿138,390
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123
DE
Audemars Piguet 35734OR/000 New Rose gold Manual winding
Audemars Piguet Rose Gold Hunter Pocket Watch
฿444,319
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18
UK
Omega 5108.20.00 New Rose gold 70mm Manual winding
Omega Olympische Pocketwatch
฿2,114,288
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7
NL
Audemars Piguet 25701PT.OO.0000XX.03 Very good Platinum 52mm Manual winding
Audemars Piguet Platinum Grand Complication Pocket Watch, ref....
฿8,880,578
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86
US
Zenith Zenith Silver Schützenuhr Unworn Silver 31mm Manual winding
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Zenith Silver Schützen Ladies Pocket watch taschenuhr 1979
฿34,559
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140
HU
IWC 5200 Good Steel 45mm Manual winding
IWC シャフハウゼン ポケットウォッチ シースルーバック メンズ
฿81,511
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JP
Patek Philippe Pocket Watch Good Yellow gold Manual winding
Patek Philippe Patek Phillipe 18K Yellow Gold Pocket Watch...
฿251,885
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Bovet Amadeo Fleurier AF43003 Very good Rose gold 43mm Automatic
Bovet Amadeo Fleurier Rose Gold Pocket Watch Conversion 43mm...
฿636,172
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259
US
Elgin Very good Red gold 54mm
Elgin Savonette Taschenuhr, 14 kt. von ca. 1882
฿187,211
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36
DE
Omega 4489066 Good Yellow gold 46mm Manual winding
Omega Vintage 14K
฿67,273
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10
NL
Fair Yellow gold 57mm Manual winding
Genial Watch Minuten Repetition Minute Repaeter Chronograph
฿185,289
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556
DE
A. Lange & Söhne 74412 Very good Yellow gold 480mm Manual winding
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A. Lange & Söhne Savonette Taschenuhr
฿191,824
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DE
3646 Good Yellow gold 45mm Manual winding
J. Leroux, Charing Cross pocketwatch
฿124,935
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7
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IWC Very good Yellow gold Manual winding
IWC Pocketwatch, in Gold 18kt with Chronograph und Min.repetition
฿961,040
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87
DE
A. Lange & Söhne Saxonia 76215 Very good Silver 58mm Manual winding
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A. Lange & Söhne Taschenuhr
฿73,039
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DE
Jaeger-LeCoultre 9104 22 Good White gold 42mm Manual winding
Jaeger-LeCoultre ポケットウォッチ ハンターケース メンズ
฿100,634
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JP
Waltham Good 50mm Manual winding
Waltham
฿20,608
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187
JP
A. Lange & Söhne Very good Red gold 52mm Chronograph
A. Lange & Söhne , Chronograph,schleichender 30-Minutenzähler,...
฿2,183,483
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36
DE
09999 Fair Yellow gold 54mm Manual winding
Unknown Maker Minute Repeater
฿107,636
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10
NL
Jaeger-LeCoultre Very good Red gold 52.5mm Manual winding
Jaeger-LeCoultre Dürrstein & Co Viertel Repetition Quarter...
฿261,403
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556
DE
Longines 3147779 Fair Yellow gold 4,7mm Manual winding
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Longines De oro
฿26,909
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Omega Good Yellow gold 50mm Manual winding
Omega Pocketwatch Taschenuhr Gold 585 / 14K
฿49,590
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46
DE
Vacheron Constantin 7874 Very good 40,5mm Manual winding
Vacheron Constantin Pocketwatch in 18kt Gold
฿113,403
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87
DE
Montblanc 4810 114928 Unworn Steel 53mm Automatic
Montblanc 4810 Orbis Terrarum Automatic Limited Edition
฿238,338
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486
CZ
Waltham
Waltham Riverside Maximus Pocketwatch
฿129,172
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180
US
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 ランクA
฿42,811
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187
JP
Patek Philippe Very good 18mm
Patek Philippe & Co. Sackermann, Miniatur Diamant Taschenuhr...
฿3,344,419
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36
DE
Omega Good Rose gold 47mm Manual winding
Omega 14K Rose Gold Small Second Pocket Watch
฿37,723
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132
UK
Very good Yellow gold 52.5mm Manual winding
Borel Fils & Cie Minutenrepetition Repeater
฿262,172
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556
DE
60147 Good Yellow gold 51,5mm Manual winding
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Picard & Fils, Le Chaux de Fond, Switzerland Pegasus Repetition
฿88,416
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IT
Patek Philippe Very good Yellow gold 45mm Manual winding
Patek Philippe Genève
฿568,936
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74
DE
Ulysse Nardin Chronograph
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Ulysse Nardin Gold Hunting Case Keyless Lever Chronograph...
฿44,432
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Fabergé 43005 Very good Yellow gold Manual winding
Fabergé Faberge Schmuckuhr von 1914/1915 selten Antik Diamantr...
฿807,274
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129
DE
Pacardt PACEMAKER 16 Rubis (837 / 448837) Very good Yellow gold Manual winding
Pacardt 16 Rubis
฿46,130
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24
SI
Omega 330 15 Good Steel 44mm Manual winding
Omega Vintage 1950's Pocket Watch - Cal. 161 - Fully Serviced
฿17,107
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45
BE
Very good 55mm Chronograph
Leverette Minuten-Repetitionstaschenuhr mit Chronograph
฿299,844
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36
DE
Vacheron Constantin 59001 Good Yellow gold Manual winding
Vacheron Constantin Pocket Watch
฿167,702
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JP
Good Rose gold 53mm Manual winding
Schweiz Savonette Taschenuhr 1/4-Repetition Chronograph...
฿151,460
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556
DE
Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar 505059 Very good 45mm Manual winding
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Patek Philippe Lepin quadrante personalizzato
฿299,844
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IT
Chronoswiss Very good 200mm
Chronoswiss Gangmodell
฿186,442
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74
DE
Auction
Swiss Gold Hunting Cased Double Dialled Keyless Lever Watch...
฿88,864
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Sotheby's
 
M35352 Vintage 1890's Minute Repeater
฿403,663
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180
US
Patek Philippe Very good Red gold
Patek Philippe OPEN FACE POCKET WATCH ROSE GOLD MADE IN 1902-...
฿338,286
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45
PL
Omega Good Steel 58mm Manual winding
Omega Taschenuhr Pocketwatch Metall Metal
฿16,914
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46
DE
Glashütte Original Julius Assmann Very good Silver 50mm
Glashütte Original J.Assmann, , Silber-Taschenuhr
฿330,598
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36
DE
Patek Philippe 600/1 Good Yellow gold 44,5mm Manual winding
Patek Philippe Tasca
฿149,922
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161
IT
Very good Silver 54mm Manual winding
Julius Assmann Glashütte Lepine 54mm
฿102,639
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556
DE
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...
฿265,631
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ES
Patek Philippe Gondolo Very good Silver 53mm Manual winding
Patek Philippe Genève Gondolo Silber
฿209,507
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74
DE
Auction
Gold Hunting Cased Minute Repeating Keyless Lever Watch No...
฿88,864
Estimated price
Sotheby's
 
Very good Yellow gold
34178 Patek 18k Yellow Gold Deck Watch
฿548,981
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180
US
Patek Philippe Chronograph Very good Silver Manual winding
Patek Philippe VERY RARE SILVER OPENFACE STOP WATCH CHRONOGRAP...
฿495,897
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45
PL
Seiko 7412-803K Good Plastic Quartz
Seiko Quartz Pocket Watch 7412-803K Retro
฿4,248
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CA
A. Lange & Söhne Very good Silver 60mm
A. Lange & Söhne , U-Boot-Auf & Ab Beobachtungsuhr, v. 1944
฿715,014
Professional dealer
36
DE
Waltham Vintage Gold 14kt Yellow Plated Waltham Pocket Watch, Approx 1928, Working, 17 Jewel Movement, Waltham, Open Face, Small Case 32 mm Good Gold/Steel 32mm Manual winding
Waltham Vintage 14kt Y Gold Plated Waltham Pocket Watch, Est....
฿13,725
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5
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.