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Cartier Ultra Thin Montre Conteau Minute Repeater Hunting Pocket
Rs. 1,050,386
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Ye Olde Timekeepers, Inc.
16
US
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TOP
A. Lange & Söhne 1b
Rs. 348,809
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Ingo Freiherr von Seld
9
DE
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Rs. 263,634
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Pawndeluxe
138
NL
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Rs. 33,960
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Benjamin Barber London Silver Pocket Watch
Rs. 64,895
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Barokk Antik Watch KFT.
 
HU
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Hamilton 1924 916 12s 17j 14k White Gold Open Face Pocket...
Rs. 64,091
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Used Jewelry Buyer
 
US
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U.S Watch Company Waltham Late 1800's
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The Watch Movement
 
US
Rueff Freres Repeticion a Minutos
Rueff Freres Repeticion a Minutos
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COMPRA-VENTA JAVIER CALVO
ES
Audemars Piguet Yellow Gold Perpetual Calendar Moonphase...
Audemars Piguet Yellow Gold Perpetual Calendar Moonphase...
Rs. 996,150
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Almar
10
UK
GUB Glashütte GUB Glashutte SA
GUB Glashütte GUB Glashutte SA
Rs. 16,613
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CLARA Vintage
5
PL
Longines HERITAGE POCKET WATCH -  L.TASCA
Longines HERITAGE POCKET WATCH - L.TASCA
Rs. 121,677
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SORELLE RONCO
606
IT
Heuer Taschenuhr mit Doppelchrono 1/ 10 Sekunde
Heuer Taschenuhr mit Doppelchrono 1/ 10 Sekunde
Rs. 186,572
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A. Grimmeissen Uhren An- und Verkauf
229
DE
Silver Fusee Pocket Watch by W.Fowle of Ukfield.
Silver Fusee Pocket Watch by W.Fowle of Ukfield.
Rs. 52,071
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Andrew charles
 
UK
Unknown Niello /Tulasiver Double cased Pocket Watch
Unknown Niello /Tulasiver Double cased Pocket Watch
Rs. 28,391
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Barokk Antik Watch KFT.
 
HU
Antique Fusee 18k Yellow Gold Key Wind Key Set Pocket Watch...
Antique Fusee 18k Yellow Gold Key Wind Key Set Pocket Watch...
Rs. 234,290
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Used Jewelry Buyer
 
US
Zenith Silver Deck Pocket Watch Chronometer Cal. 5011K, Moonphase
Zenith Silver Deck Pocket Watch Chronometer Cal. 5011K, Moonphase
Rs. 304,068
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Grailium
 
CH
DAVID I. CRABBE POCKET WATCH
DAVID I. CRABBE POCKET WATCH
Rs. 24,335
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COMPRA-VENTA JAVIER CALVO
ES
Audemars Piguet Yellow Gold Perpetual Calendar Moonphase...
Audemars Piguet Yellow Gold Perpetual Calendar Moonphase...
Rs. 1,086,709
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Almar
10
UK
Omega Cronografo  monopulsante
Omega Cronografo monopulsante
Rs. 198,740
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Tosti Srl
8
IT
Heuer POCKET STOPWATCH 1970 - LAST ONE NEW - Very RARE
Heuer POCKET STOPWATCH 1970 - LAST ONE NEW - Very RARE
Rs. 73,006
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SORELLE RONCO
606
IT
Silvana Militär Taschenuhr
Silvana Militär Taschenuhr
Rs. 40,559
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A. Grimmeissen Uhren An- und Verkauf
229
DE
Silver Verge Pocket Watch - W.H.Seaman, Foulsham
Silver Verge Pocket Watch - W.H.Seaman, Foulsham
Rs. 53,883
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Andrew charles
 
UK
Omega 0,900 Silver Pocket Watch
Omega 0,900 Silver Pocket Watch
Rs. 30,014
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Barokk Antik Watch KFT.
 
HU
Hamilton 1922 Grade 956 Model 1 16s 17j Gold Filled Pocket...
Hamilton 1922 Grade 956 Model 1 16s 17j Gold Filled Pocket...
Rs. 32,046
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Used Jewelry Buyer
 
US
Jules Jürgensen Second Morte Chronograph Repetition Herren...
Jules Jürgensen Second Morte Chronograph Repetition Herren...
Rs. 1,540,436
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Berlin-Watches
 
DE
Jaeger-LeCoultre 8 DAYS MANUAL WINDING
Jaeger-LeCoultre 8 DAYS MANUAL WINDING
Rs. 16,224
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COMPRA-VENTA JAVIER CALVO
ES
Audemars Piguet Rose Gold Hunter Pocket Watch
Audemars Piguet Rose Gold Hunter Pocket Watch
Rs. 905,591
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Almar
10
UK
Patek Philippe 973J pocket watch
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Patek Philippe 973J pocket watch
Rs. 1,566,678
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Private Seller
 
RO
Chopard Taschenuhr 63
Chopard Taschenuhr 63
Rs. 154,125
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Uhren Siegl
14
AT
Universal Genève Frackuhr
Universal Genève Frackuhr
Rs. 89,230
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A. Grimmeissen Uhren An- und Verkauf
229
DE
Swiss Chrome Cased Openwork Pocket Watch
Swiss Chrome Cased Openwork Pocket Watch
Rs. 22,640
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Andrew charles
 
UK
Jacquemart 18 K Gold Quarter Repeater Pocket Watch
Jacquemart 18 K Gold Quarter Repeater Pocket Watch
Rs. 381,256
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Barokk Antik Watch KFT.
 
HU
Movado Art Deco Calibre 620N 17j Gold Filled Open Face Swiss...
Movado Art Deco Calibre 620N 17j Gold Filled Open Face Swiss...
Rs. 14,243
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Used Jewelry Buyer
 
US
Chronoswiss CH 77652
Chronoswiss CH 77652
Rs. 68,951
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Juwelier Kuder
36
DE
Hermès MANUAL WINDING
Hermès MANUAL WINDING
Rs. 16,224
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COMPRA-VENTA JAVIER CALVO
ES
Audemars Piguet Yellow Gold Perpetual Calendar Pocket Watch
Audemars Piguet Yellow Gold Perpetual Calendar Pocket Watch
Rs. 769,752
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Almar
10
UK
Robert Roskell Liverpool 18k ornate pocket watch, 1825
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Robert Roskell Liverpool 18k ornate pocket watch, 1825
Rs. 633,461
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Private Seller
 
UK
Glashütte EGMBH vintage Savonette Taschenuhr 14 kt. ca. 1900
Glashütte EGMBH vintage Savonette Taschenuhr 14 kt. ca. 1900
Rs. 281,480
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antike-sammleruhren Herbert Ungermann
55
DE
Chopard Taschenuhr 89 Savonette graviert
Chopard Taschenuhr 89 Savonette graviert
Rs. 152,502
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Uhren Siegl
14
AT
Omega Silver Cased Pocket Watch
Omega Silver Cased Pocket Watch
Rs. 35,771
Seller
Andrew charles
 
UK
L.U.C. (Chopard) - Pocket watch 14K Gold Open faced pocket watch
L.U.C. (Chopard) - Pocket watch 14K Gold Open faced pocket watch
Rs. 56,783
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Barokk Antik Watch KFT.
 
HU
Hamilton 1927 Grade 992 Montgomery Dial 16s 21j 10KGF Railroad...
Hamilton 1927 Grade 992 Montgomery Dial 16s 21j 10KGF Railroad...
Rs. 21,364
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Used Jewelry Buyer
 
US
Omega Vintage 14K
Omega Vintage 14K
Rs. 141,957
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Juwelier Bruens
 
NL
Roskopf Manual Winding
Roskopf Manual Winding
Rs. 12,168
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COMPRA-VENTA JAVIER CALVO
ES
Audemars Piguet Platinum Pocket Watch
Audemars Piguet Platinum Pocket Watch
Rs. 796,920
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Almar
10
UK
Zenith Chronometre Deck Watch calibre 5011K
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Zenith Chronometre Deck Watch calibre 5011K
Rs. 332,585
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Private Seller
 
NL
A 14k R/G Full Hunter Complete Calendar Moonphase Pocket Watch
A 14k R/G Full Hunter Complete Calendar Moonphase Pocket Watch
Rs. 316,957
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Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
203
UK
Fränkel N.R. Frankfurt vintage Lepine Taschenuhr ca.1910
Fränkel N.R. Frankfurt vintage Lepine Taschenuhr ca.1910
Rs. 104,643
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antike-sammleruhren Herbert Ungermann
55
DE
Open Face Quartz White Metal Pocket Watch
Open Face Quartz White Metal Pocket Watch
Rs. 8,150
Seller
Andrew charles
 
UK
Vacheron Constantin 18K Gold Open faced pocket watch
Vacheron Constantin 18K Gold Open faced pocket watch
Rs. 52,727
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Barokk Antik Watch KFT.
 
HU
Hampden 1909 Railway Special 18s 21j Sterling Railroad Pocket...
Hampden 1909 Railway Special 18s 21j Sterling Railroad Pocket...
Rs. 49,849
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Used Jewelry Buyer
 
US
Rolex 1645 Prince Pocket Watch - Vintage - Imperial Model
Rolex 1645 Prince Pocket Watch - Vintage - Imperial Model
Rs. 629,386
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Watch Club
38
UK
Chopard L.U.C. Taschenuhr Frackuhr inkl. Kette wie NEU 18Kt Gold
Chopard L.U.C. Taschenuhr Frackuhr inkl. Kette wie NEU 18Kt Gold
Rs. 283,914
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Juwelier Wieser
26
DE
Audemars Piguet Platinum Pocket Watch
Audemars Piguet Platinum Pocket Watch
Rs. 914,647
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Almar
10
UK
Vacheron Constantin 59001/000j
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Vacheron Constantin 59001/000j
Rs. 198,740
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Private Seller
 
IT
Valy Fateh Mohemed & Sons Rajkot Silver & Enamel Vintage...
Valy Fateh Mohemed & Sons Rajkot Silver & Enamel Vintage...
Rs. 86,031
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Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
203
UK
A. Lange & Söhne vintage Savonette Taschenuhr 14 kt. ca. 1900
A. Lange & Söhne vintage Savonette Taschenuhr 14 kt. ca. 1900
Rs. 428,305
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antike-sammleruhren Herbert Ungermann
55
DE
J.W Benson Silver Pocket Watch, Dennison Cased
J.W Benson Silver Pocket Watch, Dennison Cased
Rs. 33,960
Seller
Andrew charles
 
UK
Unknown Gold plated Alarm Pocket Watch with key
Unknown Gold plated Alarm Pocket Watch with key
Rs. 60,839
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Barokk Antik Watch KFT.
 
HU
Germinal Watch Co 18k White & Yellow Gold Open Face 18k 4...
Germinal Watch Co 18k White & Yellow Gold Open Face 18k 4...
Rs. 67,652
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Used Jewelry Buyer
 
US
Omega Pocket watch
Omega Pocket watch
Rs. 154,125
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Watches & Diamonds BCN
61
ES
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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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