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Patek Philippe Good Yellow gold 44mm Manual winding Malaysia, Damansara Heights
Patek Philippe
Open Face Gold Pocket Watch 44mm
Excl. shipping
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Chopard 3009 Very good Yellow gold 41mm Manual winding Malaysia, Damansara Heights
Gold Pocket watch
Excl. shipping
Private Seller
Zenith Pocket watch Good Steel 45mm Manual winding
+ RM119 for shipping
CR 13545.L Very good 45mm Manual winding
Comor Chronograph
+ RM616 for shipping
Waltham Very good Yellow gold 49mm Manual winding
Vintage Fancy Waltham 14k Yellow Gold 49mm Hunter Pocket Watch 92 Grams
+ RM436 for shipping
Omega Very good Silver 50,5mm Manual winding
unique early pocket chronograph 1910 cal. G. Leon Breitling Montbrillant
+ RM282 for shipping
Alpina Very good Rose gold 51,5mm Manual winding
Taschenuhr Union Hologére SA Chronométre 585/000 Roségold
+ RM382 for shipping
Waltham 1899 Very good Yellow gold Manual winding
Riverside Maximus 1899
+ RM432 for shipping
Vacheron Constantin Very good Yellow gold 47mm Manual winding
Vacheron Constantin
Pocket watch
+ RM955 for shipping
Longines 2984893 Good Silver 48mm Manual winding
Tascheuhr Open Face Silber 800
+ RM1,193 for shipping
IWC Very good Silver 50mm Manual winding
Taschenuhr Silber Kreisdirektion III der S.B.B.
+ RM430 for shipping
A. Lange & Söhne Very good Red gold 57mmmm Manual winding
A. Lange & Söhne
57mm/167g. schwere Savonette - Doppel Chronograph 30 Min-Register Palladiumspirale 1905
Free shipping
Very good Yellow gold 52mm Automatic
Price on request
+ RM546 for shipping
Very good Yellow gold 60mm
Quarter Repeater Chrono Annual Calendar Moon Phase 18k Yellow Gold Pocket Watch
+ RM436 for shipping
Glashütte Original Julius Assmann Very good Red gold 52mm Manual winding
Glashütte Original Julius Assmann
14 kt rot-gold Taschenuhr Louis Quinze Stil 1911
+ RM282 for shipping
A. Lange & Söhne Very good Silver Manual winding
A. Lange & Söhne
Herrentaschenuhr 900/000 Silber
+ RM382 for shipping
Elgin 214 Very good Yellow gold Manual winding
Veritas Grade 214
+ RM432 for shipping
Patek Philippe 883 Very good Yellow gold 47mm Manual winding
Patek Philippe
Savonette Pocket watch
+ RM955 for shipping
Zenith 241711 Very good Yellow gold 50mm Manual winding
Taschenuhr 18 K Chrono mit Tachymeter-Skala und Zähler
+ RM1,193 for shipping
Jaeger-LeCoultre Very good Yellow gold 60mm Manual winding
Taschenuhr Minutenrepetition
+ RM573 for shipping
A. Lange & Söhne Grand Lange 1 Very good Red gold 55mmmm Manual winding
A. Lange & Söhne Grand Lange 1
sehr große schwere Louis XV Savonette 14k Gold Taschenuhr Box Zertifikat Glashütte 1910
Free shipping
Patek Philippe Good 45mm Manual winding
Patek Philippe
Johann Georg Kundt / and Co. antike Lepine Taschenuhr ca. 1900.
+ RM597 for shipping
Waltham Very good Yellow gold 48mm Manual winding
Vintage Waltham 14k Solid Yellow Gold 48mm Hunter Case Pocket Watch 87 Grams
+ RM436 for shipping
Rolex Chronograph Very good Steel 47mm Manual winding
Rolex Chronograph
Mappin pocket chronograph Montbrillant caliber
Price on request
+ RM282 for shipping
Very good Yellow gold 52mm Manual winding
J.R. Losada Taschenuhr Handaufzug 750/000 Gold 1879 52 Mm
+ RM382 for shipping
Waltham Very good Manual winding
+ RM432 for shipping
IWC Good Yellow gold Manual winding
IWC Schaffhausen Gold pocket watch 1926
+ RM2,387 for shipping
A. Lange & Söhne Good Silver 59mm Manual winding
A. Lange & Söhne
Marine B-Uhr Zertifikat WWII
Free shipping
IWC Good Yellow gold 48mm Manual winding
Taschenuhr Jugendstil mit Emaille BJ.1928
+ RM430 for shipping
Unworn Yellow gold 50mm Manual winding
Julius Assmann Hand Gravierte Prunk Savonette 18k Gold Emaille Qualität 1A 1864 in exzellentem Zustand
Free shipping

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A. Lange & Söhne Very good 75mm Manual winding
A. Lange & Söhne
DUF Savonette Taschenuhr.
+ RM597 for shipping
A. Lange & Söhne Very good
A. Lange & Söhne
Pocket Watch Chronograph with creeping 30 min register #10
+ RM432 for shipping
Very good Yellow gold 50,5mm Manual winding
J.W. Benson London high end vintage 18 kt gold pocket chronograh Rio Tinto staff
+ RM282 for shipping
Very good Yellow gold 51mm Manual winding
Assmann Glashütte Taschenuhr Handaufzug 585/000 Gelbgold Dreiviertelplatine
+ RM382 for shipping
Elgin 540 Very good Yellow gold 51mm Manual winding
B. W. Raymond Grade 540
+ RM432 for shipping
Gold Alpina pocket watch Very good Yellow gold 45mm Manual winding
Gold Alpina pocket watch Vintage
+ RM2,387 for shipping
A. Lange & Söhne Very good Yellow gold 53mm Manual winding
A. Lange & Söhne
1A Qualität Diamant
Free shipping
Omega Very good Steel 45mm Manual winding
Frackuhr Art Deco Bj.1934
+ RM430 for shipping
Unworn Yellow gold 57mm Manual winding
Glashütter Uhrenfabrik Union Glashütte in Sachsen Große Louis XV Taschenuhr mit Minutenrepetition 18k Gold Qualität 1A. 1905
Free shipping
A. Lange & Söhne Good Gold/Steel 73mm Manual winding
A. Lange & Söhne
Dresden seltene Savonette Taschenuhr in 1A-Qualität mit Stammbuchauszug. Aus 1875.
+ RM597 for shipping
A. Lange & Söhne Very good
A. Lange & Söhne
Minute Repeater Pocket Watch #11
+ RM432 for shipping
Heuer Very good Steel 57mm Manual winding
high class vintage rattrapante split second pocket chronograph ref. 11204
+ RM282 for shipping
Rolex 3737 Very good White gold 32mm Manual winding
Taschenuhr 750er Weißgold Vintage Stick Dial Cal. 1600 rar Box
+ RM692 for shipping
Illinois Very good Yellow gold Manual winding
Bunn Special
+ RM432 for shipping
Rolex Cellini 3612/8 New Yellow gold 24mm Manual winding
Rolex Cellini
Coin Watch 22K Gold Coin 18K Gold Watch (3612/8)
Free shipping
IWC Very good Yellow gold 55mm Manual winding
Schwere Savonette 129g 55mm
Free shipping
Jaeger-LeCoultre Very good Yellow gold 39.5mm Manual winding
Taschenuhr mit Kette 18K
+ RM430 for shipping
A. Lange & Söhne Very good Rose gold 40mmmm Manual winding
A. Lange & Söhne
18k Gold Damen Taschenuhr Qualität 1A Zertifikat & Box Schumann New York 1882
Free shipping
IWC Very good 69mm Manual winding
Schaffhausen Jubiläums Savonette Taschenuhr der Fa. A. Borsig in Berlin.
+ RM597 for shipping
A. Lange & Söhne Very good
A. Lange & Söhne
Seconde Morte Pocket Watch #8
+ RM432 for shipping
Tavannes Good Steel 55mm Manual winding
Excalsior Park movm. fine swiss military pocket chronograph no. 1890
+ RM282 for shipping
Good Steel 49mm Manual winding
damas pocket watch
+ RM1,193 for shipping
Very good Yellow gold Manual winding
Howard Series 11
+ RM432 for shipping
Patek Philippe Gondolo Good Rose gold 54mm Manual winding
Patek Philippe Gondolo
Chronometro Gondolo Open Face 54mm Rose Gold Pocket Bolso
+ RM568 for shipping
A. Lange & Söhne Good Red gold 52mm Manual winding
A. Lange & Söhne
1A Chronograph Box Zertifikat
Free shipping
Omega Very good Yellow gold 50mm Manual winding
pocket watch 14K SAVONETTE
Excl. shipping
Private Seller
A. Lange & Söhne Very good Red gold 50mm Manual winding
A. Lange & Söhne
Glashütte Savonette Taschenuhr Sprungdeckel Zertifikat Box 1912 Schöner Zustand
Free shipping
Very good 360mm
Hochwertige Taschenuhrkette.
+ RM597 for shipping
A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 Very good
A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1
1/4 Hour Repeater Chronograph Pocketwatch #14
+ RM432 for shipping
Auricoste Good Steel 51mm Manual winding
"just" for the Marine pocket chronograph ca.1918 caliber Lemania
+ RM282 for shipping

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.


  • 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.