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Ulysse Nardin Ulysse Nardin pocket watch Very good Silver 49mm Manual winding
TOP
Ulysse Nardin Silver Pocket watch taschenuhr with box
Rs. 127,093
Professional dealer
125
HU
Union Glashütte Fair Rose gold Manual winding
TOP
Union Glashütte Antique 14K Rose Gold Pocket Watch '' Working...
Rs. 63,501
Free shipping
Professional dealer
865
NL
Girard Perregaux Very good White gold 40mm Manual winding
TOP
Girard Perregaux White Gold Pocket Watch
Rs. 306,980
Professional dealer
59
CH
Bovet Fair Silver 55mm Manual winding
Bovet Vintage Erotic Automation Cloisonne Pocket Watch
Rs. 635,442
Professional dealer
11
SG
Omega 10293091 Good Steel 45mm Manual winding India, MUMBAI
Omega Swiss Made Pocket Watch.
Rs. 47,845
Free shipping
Professional dealer
60
IN
Ulysse Nardin Ulysse Nardin Locle Suisse Fair Yellow gold 50mm Manual winding
Ulysse Nardin Locle Suisse 18K Gold Pocket Watch Vintage...
Rs. 240,741
Professional dealer
24
DE
IWC 5433-01 Unworn Yellow gold 49mm Manual winding
IWC Taschenuhr Schützenuhr Winterthur 100 Stk Limitiert...
Rs. 801,183
Professional dealer
7
CH
Omega Very good Silver Manual winding
Omega Very rare vintage "checkerboard" (damier) pocket watch
Rs. 92,769
Professional dealer
174
CH
IWC IW541401 Unworn Yellow gold 49mm Manual winding
IWC SAVONNETTE 18K YELLOW GOLD, Chain, New - NOS, stickers
Rs. 836,004
Professional dealer
51
CZ
Zenith Zenith Silver Schützenuhr Unworn Silver 31mm Manual winding
TOP
Zenith Silver Schützen Ladies Pocket watch taschenuhr 1979
Rs. 86,213
Professional dealer
125
HU
Lemania Very good Yellow gold 53mm Manual winding
TOP
Lemania Armand Schwob&Frére Pocket Watch Erotic
Rs. 544,984
Private Seller
 
ES
Tiffany Good White gold 45mm Manual winding
TOP
Tiffany 1922 Tiffany White Gold Sapphire Set Pocket Watch,...
Rs. 394,688
Professional dealer
59
CH
Vacheron Constantin Very good Yellow gold 60mm Manual winding
Vacheron Constantin Prunksavonette 18ct Gold Napoleon 153 g
Rs. 11,355,718
Professional dealer
63
DE
Giuliano Mazzuoli MPWPGM02 Unworn Steel 27mm Quartz
Giuliano Mazzuoli Manometrino Stainless Steel Black PVD Pocket...
Rs. 89,709
Professional dealer
128
US
Omega Good Yellow gold 53mm Manual winding
Omega Savonette 53mm
Rs. 215,304
Free shipping
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520
DE
5434-02 Unworn Silver 49mm Manual winding
IWC Schaffahausen Schützenuhr Thun Eidg. Schützenfest 1995...
Rs. 548,178
Professional dealer
7
CH
Movado Very good Yellow gold Manual winding
Movado Ermeto Yellow Gold Vintage Pocket Watch for Horovitz
Rs. 236,138
Professional dealer
174
CH
Glashütte Original Julius Assmann Very good Yellow gold 48.5mm Manual winding
Glashütte Original J. Assmann Lépine 14k (0,585) Gelbgold...
Rs. 267,995
Professional dealer
3941
DE
Girard Perregaux Girard-Perregaux silver pocket watch Very good Silver 48mm Manual winding
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Girard Perregaux Silver Pocket watch taschenuhr
Rs. 99,839
Professional dealer
125
HU
Breguet Very good Red gold 50mm Manual winding
TOP
Breguet Rare Breguet pocket watch authentic gold 18k full hunter
Rs. 1,816,915
Private Seller
 
US
IWC R243 Very good White gold 40mm Manual winding
TOP
IWC White Gold Dress / Pocket Watch with Diamonds & Knob
Rs. 482,397
Professional dealer
59
CH
Good Steel Manual winding
LeCoultre Schlüssel-Uhr Backwinder - extrem selten - Stahl -...
Rs. 254,368
Professional dealer
63
DE
Seiko GXBE998 New Yellow gold 39mm Manual winding
Seiko GXBE998 baselworld model Linited 10 NEW
Rs. 4,626,604
Professional dealer
389
JP
Good 57mm Manual winding
Reuge
Rs. 181,601
Professional dealer
20
DE
5433-02 New Silver 49mm Manual winding
IWC Schaffhausen Schützenuhr Winterthur 1990 Limitiert 100...
Rs. 548,178
Professional dealer
7
CH
Longines 2394772 Very good Yellow gold Manual winding
Longines 4 Grands Prix
Rs. 396,217
Free shipping
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50
US
Zenith Very good 39.5mm Manual winding
Zenith Grand Prix Paris 1900 Taschenuhr Lépine Handaufzug...
Rs. 59,050
Professional dealer
3941
DE
Audemars Piguet 25701PT.OO.0000XX.03 Very good Platinum 52mm Manual winding
Audemars Piguet Platinum Grand Complication Pocket Watch, ref....
Rs. 20,558,411
Professional dealer
77
US
A. Lange & Söhne Saxonia 76215 Very good Silver 58mm Manual winding
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A. Lange & Söhne Taschenuhr
Rs. 172,607
Private Seller
 
DE
A. Lange & Söhne Very good Red gold 56mm Manual winding
A. Lange & Söhne Savonette 1A Qualität Louis XV 56mm 129g...
Rs. 1,147,382
Free shipping
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520
DE
IWC Very good Yellow gold 60mm Manual winding
IWC Prunktaschenuhr Museale Qualität Einzelstück Selten
Rs. 11,355,718
Professional dealer
63
DE
Patek Philippe Gondolo Very good Yellow gold 51.5mm Manual winding
Patek Philippe Gondolo Vintage Pocket Watch Gold 18kt 51.5mm
Rs. 449,686
Free shipping
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458
PT
Vacheron Constantin Very good Yellow gold 45mm Manual winding
Vacheron Constantin Taschenuhr open face pocket watch 750 Gold...
Rs. 349,756
Professional dealer
85
DE
Patek Philippe 89578 Very good Rose gold 46mm Manual winding
Patek Philippe 18k Rose Gold Pocket Watch 89578 Very Rare...
Rs. 672,447
Professional dealer
242
US
Waltham
Waltham pocket watch 18k 48mm watch
Rs. 325,944
Professional dealer
60
US
A. Lange & Söhne Very good Yellow gold 52.5mm Manual winding
A. Lange & Söhne Oliw 14k Gold Taschenuhr Savonette Louis XVI...
Rs. 231,657
Professional dealer
3941
DE
Jaeger-LeCoultre Lecoultre Futurematic, plaqué or 10 microns, vers 1955. Good 35mm Manual winding
Jaeger-LeCoultre Futurematic
Rs. 317,960
Professional dealer
 
FR
Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar 505059 Very good 45mm Manual winding
TOP
Patek Philippe Lepin quadrante personalizzato
Rs. 708,597
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IT
Good Yellow gold 53mm Manual winding
Union Savonette 53mm 101g
Rs. 162,614
Free shipping
Professional dealer
520
DE
Good Yellow gold Manual winding
Joseph (Josh) Johnson Liverpool Gold Spitzanker-Taschenuhr von...
Rs. 317,960
Professional dealer
63
DE
Omega Very good Yellow gold 50mm Manual winding
Omega Vintage Telemetre Pocket Watch in Gold 18Kt 50mm
Rs. 313,418
Free shipping
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458
PT
Rolex Prince Very good Steel 44,7mm Manual winding
Rolex Prince Imperial Chronometer 2939 Taschenuhr open face...
Rs. 404,264
Professional dealer
85
DE
IWC IWC 960965 Good Yellow gold 48mm Manual winding
IWC Pocket watch 960965 ( 1927 )
Rs. 299,791
Professional dealer
39
NL
Zenith 128758 Very good Yellow gold 50,80mm Manual winding
Zenith Chronograph mit Tachymeterskala
Rs. 317,052
Professional dealer
28
DE
Rolex Prince 1585 Good Steel 40mm Manual winding
Rolex Prince Imperial
Rs. 373,789
Professional dealer
 
US
Gallet Good 43mm Manual winding
Gallet Vintage MultiChron Medical Pocket/Lapel, Venus 140,...
Rs. 163,432
Professional dealer
196
BG
Zenith Good Manual winding
TOP
Zenith Konvolut aus 12 hochwertigen Militär Taschenuhren...
Rs. 272,446
Private Seller
 
DE
Very good Yellow gold 52.5mm Manual winding
Borel Fils & Cie Minutenrepetition Repeater
Rs. 619,568
Free shipping
Professional dealer
520
DE
Good Yellow gold Manual winding
ROSKOPF PATENT 14ct GOLD TASCHENUHR - DURCHM.ca. 41,9 mm ,48,6...
Rs. 299,791
Professional dealer
63
DE
246181
Agassiz pocket watch 246181 14k 44mm watch
Rs. 205,584
Professional dealer
60
US
Patek Philippe Good Yellow gold 45mm Manual winding
Patek Philippe & Co. Taschenuhr open face pocket watch 750...
Rs. 404,264
Professional dealer
85
DE
Rolex Cellini 3761/8 Unworn Manual winding
Rolex Cellini
Rs. 1,852,210
Professional dealer
57
UK
Vacheron Constantin 361392 Very good Yellow gold 58mm Manual winding
Vacheron Constantin Vintage Pocket Watch Gold 18kt 58mm
Rs. 495,109
Free shipping
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458
PT
Meistersinger Perigraph AM10Z17B New Steel 43mm Automatic
Meistersinger Perigraph AM10Z17B
Rs. 153,529
Professional dealer
18
LU
Zenith Fair Yellow gold 44.8mm Manual winding
Zenith Vintage Pocket 1926,18k Yellow Gold, Breguet hands,...
Rs. 90,755
Professional dealer
196
BG
Patek Philippe AMPR-SCI Very good Yellow gold 45mm Manual winding
TOP
Patek Philippe 99368 Remontoir YG 18K, 20 LINES, Original Box...
Rs. 627,744
Private Seller
 
ES
Zenith Good Rose gold 49mm Manual winding
Zenith Antimagnetisch
Rs. 265,270
Free shipping
Professional dealer
520
DE
Good Silver Manual winding
Richard Dickenson FRÜHE OIGNON SPINDELTASCHENUHR "Richard...
Rs. 581,413
Professional dealer
63
DE
Very good
Rockford pocket watch 14k 33mm watch
Rs. 123,350
Professional dealer
60
US
Longines 1906166 Good Yellow gold Manual winding
Longines Remontoire
Rs. 72,677
Professional dealer
39
NL

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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