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Zenith Zenith Silver Schützenuhr Unworn Silver 31mm Manual winding
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Zenith Silver Schützen Ladies Pocket watch taschenuhr 1979
RM4,538
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156
HU
Piaget Very good White gold 43mm Manual winding
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Piaget White Gold Classic Dress / Pocket Watch, NOS
RM23,068
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69
CH
Bovet Fair Silver 55mm Manual winding
Bovet Vintage Erotic Automation Cloisonne Pocket Watch
RM36,061
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15
SG
A. Lange & Söhne Very good Rose gold 58mm Manual winding
A. Lange & Söhne Glashütte B/Dresden, Minutenrepetition,...
RM320,530
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36
DE
Eberhard & Co. Very good Yellow gold 55mm Manual winding
Eberhard & Co. Repeater Sonnerie Chronograph 18K Gold
RM25,239
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IT
Patek Philippe Very good Steel 46mm Manual winding
Patek Philippe Steel Pocket Watch
RM28,849
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91
US
Bomberg Bolt-68 BS45AOSP-057-1-3 New Steel 45MMmm Automatic Malaysia
Bomberg BOLT-68/BS45AOSP-057-1-3
RM4,888
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MY
Elgin Very good Red gold 54mm
Elgin Savonette Taschenuhr, 14 kt. von ca. 1882
RM24,582
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40
DE
IWC Unworn Silver Manual winding
IWC Schützenuhr 1979 "Luzern"
RM23,068
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CH
Pocket Watch Very good Yellow gold 55mm Manual winding
Full Hunter Yellow Gold Minute Repeating Calendar Pocket Watch
RM33,834
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781
UK
Ebel Classic Hexagon Very good Yellow gold 36mm Quartz
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Ebel Iconic Hexagonal Pendant / Pocket Watch, Solid Gold
RM18,454
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69
CH
Tissot Stylist Very good Yellow gold 40mm Manual winding
Tissot Stylist
RM4,997
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112
DE
IWC Very good Rose gold 53mm Manual winding
IWC Savonette
RM16,153
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36
DE
Elgin 50mm Manual winding
Elgin
RM3,606
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714
US
Audemars Piguet 25701PT.OO.0000XX.03 Very good Platinum 52mm Manual winding
Audemars Piguet Platinum Grand Complication Pocket Watch, ref....
RM1,166,685
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91
US
Bomberg Bolt-68 BS45GMTPBA-005-3 New Steel 45MMmm Quartz Malaysia
Bomberg BOLT-68/BS45GMTPBA-005-3
RM2,050
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MY
Patek Philippe Very good 18mm
Patek Philippe & Co. Sackermann, Miniatur Diamant Taschenuhr...
RM439,151
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40
DE
Very good Yellow gold 59mm Manual winding
andere Marke Heure Chronometre Répétition Taschenuhr 585er...
RM20,186
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893
DE
Patek Philippe Vintage Very good Yellow gold 46mm Manual winding
Patek Philippe Open Face Vintage Yellow Gold Pocket Watch
RM27,950
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781
UK
IWC Very good Yellow gold 49mm Manual winding
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IWC Open Face Pocket Watch Ex Time Machine
RM9,227
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69
CH
Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar 505059 Very good Yellow gold 45mm Manual winding
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Patek Philippe Lepin quadrante personalizzato
RM37,858
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IT
Piaget Good Yellow gold 35mm Manual winding
Piaget 20 USD Goldmünze
RM14,386
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36
DE
IWC Yellow gold 45mm Manual winding
IWC Tiffany Dial Pocket Watch
RM14,849
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714
US
IWC Good 57mm
IWC Vintage Kriegsmarine Pocket Watch
RM29,127
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653
UK
BS45GMTSP-027-3 New Steel 45MMmm Quartz Malaysia
BS45GMTSP-027-3 BOLT-70/BS45GMTSP-027-3
RM2,050
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MY
A. Lange & Söhne Very good Red gold 52mm Chronograph
A. Lange & Söhne , Chronograph,schleichender 30-Minutenzähler,...
RM286,710
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40
DE
Cartier Tank Française WE1018S3 Very good White gold 25mm Quartz
Cartier TANK FRANCAISE
RM58,049
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252
CZ
Hamilton Hamilton Vintage Pocket Watch Very good Yellow gold 50mm Manual winding
Hamilton Full Hunter Vintage Pocket Watch
RM19,123
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781
UK
Ulysse Nardin Very good White gold 43mm Manual winding
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Ulysse Nardin 1920 White Gold Pocket Watch, Doublesigned:...
RM20,761
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69
CH
Ulysse Nardin 55818-16785-B1 Very good Yellow gold 53mm Manual winding
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Ulysse Nardin tasca
RM37,605
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IT
Very good Yellow gold 53mm Manual winding
Glashütte J. Assmann
RM21,377
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36
DE
M35352 Vintage 1890's Minute Repeater
RM53,031
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189
US
Fair Yellow gold 57mm Manual winding
Genial Watch Minuten Repetition Minute Repaeter Chronograph
RM24,330
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584
DE
Bomberg Bolt-68 BS45GMTSP-004-3 New Steel 45MMmm Quartz Malaysia
Bomberg BOLT-69/BS45GMTSP-004-3
RM2,050
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MY
Very good 62mm
Spindel Daniel De St. Leu „London“, Selbstschlag taschenuhr
RM185,756
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40
DE
IWC Good 57mm
IWC Vintage 'Kriegsmarine' Pocketwatch
RM34,716
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653
UK
Very good Rose gold 52mm Manual winding
Audemars Freres Rare Open Face Minute Repeater Pocket Watch...
RM30,892
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781
UK
IWC IWC Silver Pocket Watch Good Silver 51mm Manual winding
IWC Silver pocket watch taschenuhr 1925
RM4,386
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156
HU
Longines 2633102 Unworn Steel Manual winding
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Longines Chronograph counter in metal, split second
RM12,569
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FI
Patek Philippe Vintage Very good Yellow gold 43mm Manual winding
Patek Philippe Vintage Open Face Split-Second Chronograph...
RM75,615
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498
DE
Patek Philippe Good Platinum Manual winding
Patek Philippe Platinum Pocket watch diamond markers with...
RM44,546
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23
US
Waltham Waltham Very good Yellow gold 52mm Manual winding
Waltham Pocket watch 14K
RM20,140
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55
DE
Bomberg Bolt-68 BS47CHAPBA-021-3 New Steel 47MMmm Automatic Malaysia
Bomberg BOLT-68/BS37CHAPBA-021-3
RM8,388
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MY
Glashütte Original Julius Assmann 3884 Very good Yellow gold 51mm
Glashütte Original J.Assmann , , 1A, Prunktaschenuhr
RM93,383
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40
DE
Zenith Very good Palladium 49mm Manual winding
Zenith tasca Ferrovie dello stato palladio
RM4,543
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68
IT
Hermès Slim d'Hermès Hermes Slim d'Hermes Panthere EP2.990A Very good White gold 45mm Automatic
Hermès White Gold Slim d'Hermes Panthere Pocket Watch EP2.990A
RM102,973
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781
UK
IWC
IWC Stainless Steel Pocketwatch
RM8,485
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189
US
2752 Fair Gold/Steel 55mm Manual winding
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Allam of London Circa 1780s Commissioned Piece
RM36,776
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UK
Vacheron Constantin Acheron constantin pocketwatch Fair Aluminum Manual winding
Vacheron Constantin Dress Pocketwatch Aluminum
RM10,394
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CA
Chopard U 3001/3 Good White gold 41mm Manual winding
Chopard - Taschenuhr Open Face U 3001/3 Handaufzug Weißgold...
RM18,172
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135
DE
Omega CK1064-7 Very good Steel 50.5mm Manual winding
Omega Vintage Water-Resistant Lépine Étanche Pocket Watch...
RM11,509
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498
DE
A. Lange & Söhne 70553 Very good Red gold 53.9mm Manual winding
A. Lange & Söhne Glashütte 70553
RM34,022
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55
CZ
A. Lange & Söhne Very good 51mm
A. Lange & Söhne "DUF" 750/- Taschenuhr, Äußerst seltenes...
RM43,410
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40
DE
Bovet Amadeo Fleurier AF43003 Rose gold 43mm Automatic
Bovet Amadeo Fleurier Rose Gold Pocket Watch Conversion 43mm...
RM83,577
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309
US
Patek Philippe Vintage Very good White gold 43mm Manual winding
Patek Philippe Open Face Bassine Style Grottendieck Vintage...
RM26,479
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781
UK
Illinois
Illinois Bunn Special Railroad Watch
RM4,030
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189
US
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...
RM34,880
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ES
Moritz Grossmann Very good Yellow gold 52mm Manual winding
Moritz Grossmann Savonette 52mm 126g 1A Qualität
RM64,308
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584
DE
Vacheron Constantin Very good Yellow gold 30mm Manual winding
Vacheron Constantin Taschenuhr kleine Sekunde 14kt Roségold...
RM8,571
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1822
DE
Cartier Very good Platinum 43mm Manual winding
Cartier Vintage Lepine Pocket Watch 950PT Bj-1985
RM40,028
Professional dealer
498
DE

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.