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Pocket Watches

Antique and vintage timepieces reflect one of the most ideal combinations of history and high-end design. While the desire to keep track of time has been persistent since the dawn of humankind, Chinese inventors of the 8th century were the ones to develop the first mechanized timepiece. Soon the western world followed suit, with water-driven clocks emerging in the 12th century that were replaced late in the subsequent century by mechanical timepieces.

With the innovation in time telling technology becoming ever more rapid, the notion of a portable timepiece emerged in the 16th century. These early versions were mostly pendants suspended on a chain around the neck, which was both convenient and cumbersome, particularly for the active wearer. Fortunately, following closely on its heels was the development of the pocket watch, which, by the 17th century, was firmly established as a necessary accouterment for daily dress.

Over the centuries the pocket watch grew into its own statement piece, becoming increasingly lavish with the incorporation of more precious materials. The pocket watch ruled until the early 20th century, when the newly introduced wristwatch became predominant.

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Ball 999B 21J pocket watch
Mar 22, 9:00 AM EDT
Ball 999B 21J pocket watch
by Chupp Auctions & Real Estate, LLC
Est: $100- $500
$2004 Bids
A Ladies 9ct. gold open faced pocket watch
Mar 08, 10:00 AM GMT
A Ladies 9ct. gold open faced pocket watch
by Martel Maides
Est: £30- £40
£254 Bids
ANTIQUE 18K GOLD TOBIAS POCKET WATCH.
Mar 06, 10:00 AM EST
ANTIQUE 18K GOLD TOBIAS POCKET WATCH.
by William Smith Auctions
Est: $1,000- $2,000
$1,4004 Bids
Ball 999B 21J pocket watch
Mar 22, 9:00 AM EDT
Ball 999B 21J pocket watch
by Chupp Auctions & Real Estate, LLC
Est: $100- $500
$2253 Bids
Rockford 655 21J pocket watch
Mar 22, 9:00 AM EDT
Rockford 655 21J pocket watch
by Chupp Auctions & Real Estate, LLC
Est: $100- $500
$1753 Bids
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Gold pocket watch with ¼ repeater, guilloché, rubbed on the edge 9 ct. gold case with metal inner cover,
Mar 09, 1:00 PM CET
Gold pocket watch with ¼ repeater, guilloché, rubbed on the edge 9 ct. gold case with metal inner cover,
by Galerie + Auktionshaus Peter Klöter
Est: €0- €0
€2803 Bids
(14) Vintage Pocket Watches
Mar 09, 10:00 AM MST
(14) Vintage Pocket Watches
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$303 Bids
wyatt earp pocket watch
Mar 09, 11:00 AM CST
wyatt earp pocket watch
by Dees Auction Company,LLC
Est: $40- $100
$303 Bids
Levi's Pocket Watch
Mar 23, 7:00 AM PDT
Levi's Pocket Watch
by California Auction Company LLC
Est: $0- $0
$152 Bids
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American Eagle With Black Outline And Benrus Quartz Pocket Watch (needs Battery)
Mar 08, 6:00 PM EST
American Eagle With Black Outline And Benrus Quartz Pocket Watch (needs Battery)
by Aether Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$22 Bids
No Reserve - Zenith Grand Prix Paris 1900 14K. - Men's pocket watch - approx. 1900.
Mar 06, 6:00 PM CET
No Reserve - Zenith Grand Prix Paris 1900 14K. - Men's pocket watch - approx. 1900.
by Goudwisselkantoor Veilingen
Est: €500- €750
€1002 Bids
Vietnam Pocket Watch
Mar 09, 11:00 AM CST
Vietnam Pocket Watch
by Dees Auction Company,LLC
Est: $50- $100
$252 Bids
WWII Pocket Watch
Mar 09, 11:00 AM CST
WWII Pocket Watch
by Dees Auction Company,LLC
Est: $50- $100
$252 Bids
No Reserve - IWC Lever-Escapement - Men's pocketwatch.
Mar 06, 6:00 PM CET
No Reserve - IWC Lever-Escapement - Men's pocketwatch.
by Goudwisselkantoor Veilingen
Est: €75- €100
€152 Bids
Patriotic Pocket Watch. Working NEAT
Mar 05, 5:00 PM EST
Patriotic Pocket Watch. Working NEAT
by Richard L. Edwards Auctioneer
Est: $1- $5,000
$12 Bids
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Sterling silver ladies' pocket watch with sprung cover (half-savoy), 935 silver case with monogram A.M.
Mar 09, 1:00 PM CET
Sterling silver ladies' pocket watch with sprung cover (half-savoy), 935 silver case with monogram A.M.
by Galerie + Auktionshaus Peter Klöter
Est: €0- €0
€51 Bid
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Sterling silver ladies' pocket watch in a case richly engraved on all sides with a small E.G. monogram,
Mar 09, 1:00 PM CET
Sterling silver ladies' pocket watch in a case richly engraved on all sides with a small E.G. monogram,
by Galerie + Auktionshaus Peter Klöter
Est: €0- €0
€51 Bid
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Silver pocket watch for the Chinese market with anchor escapement and center second hand, smooth silver case
Mar 09, 1:00 PM CET
Silver pocket watch for the Chinese market with anchor escapement and center second hand, smooth silver case
by Galerie + Auktionshaus Peter Klöter
Est: €0- €0
€4501 Bid
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Gold enamel ladies' pocket watch with cylinder escapement, circa 1900, guilloché 14 ct. gold case with metal inner cover,
Mar 09, 1:00 PM CET
Gold enamel ladies' pocket watch with cylinder escapement, circa 1900, guilloché 14 ct. gold case with metal inner cover,
by Galerie + Auktionshaus Peter Klöter
Est: €0- €0
€501 Bid
Graf Zeppelin pocket watch / (2) pocket watches
Mar 22, 9:00 AM EDT
Graf Zeppelin pocket watch / (2) pocket watches
by Chupp Auctions & Real Estate, LLC
Est: $100- $500
$501 Bid
Key wind pocket watch and coin silver case
Mar 22, 9:00 AM EDT
Key wind pocket watch and coin silver case
by Chupp Auctions & Real Estate, LLC
Est: $100- $500
$501 Bid
Vintage Owl Pocket Watch Painted Enamel With Watch Chain
Mar 21, 9:00 AM EDT
Vintage Owl Pocket Watch Painted Enamel With Watch Chain
by Figlio Designs LLC
Est: $100- $200
$71 Bid
Airplane Model pocket watch
Mar 22, 9:00 AM EDT
Airplane Model pocket watch
by Chupp Auctions & Real Estate, LLC
Est: $100- $500
$501 Bid

Sellers Who Sell Pocket Watches


Galerie + Auktionshaus Peter Klöter

Galerie + Auktionshaus Peter Klöter

Venduehuis Dickhaut Maastricht

Venduehuis Dickhaut Maastricht

Schuler Auktionen

Schuler Auktionen

Goudwisselkantoor Veilingen

Goudwisselkantoor Veilingen