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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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POCKET WATCH LOT 1205
Dec 04, 5:00 PM EST
POCKET WATCH LOT 1205
by Jones Auction House LLC
Est: $0- $0
$1210 Bids
14k Gold Quarter Hour Repeater Antique Pocket Watch American Flag Motif
Dec 03, 12:00 PM EST
14k Gold Quarter Hour Repeater Antique Pocket Watch American Flag Motif
by Hess Fine Art
Est: $3,000- $4,000
$5509 Bids
Seven 19th century and later pocket watches
Dec 07, 9:00 AM PST
Seven 19th century and later pocket watches
by Maynards Fine Art & Antiques
Est: $100- $150
$2608 Bids
Great Victorian Pocket Watch Holder with Mermaids
Dec 04, 10:00 AM CST
Great Victorian Pocket Watch Holder with Mermaids
by Thriftiques of Iowa
Est: $10- $1,000
$808 Bids
Great Antique Ball official RR Standard 23 jewel rail road pocket watch
Dec 04, 10:00 AM CST
Great Antique Ball official RR Standard 23 jewel rail road pocket watch
by Thriftiques of Iowa
Est: $10- $1,000
$3007 Bids
LL BEAN POCKET WATCH LOT 1205
Dec 04, 5:00 PM EST
LL BEAN POCKET WATCH LOT 1205
by Jones Auction House LLC
Est: $0- $0
$907 Bids
Group of (4) gold pocket watches
Dec 03, 12:00 PM EST
Group of (4) gold pocket watches
by South Bay Auctions Inc
Est: $300- $500
$4006 Bids
Vintage Liberty 23 Jewels Brighton Pocket Watch
Dec 07, 6:00 PM EST
Vintage Liberty 23 Jewels Brighton Pocket Watch
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $10- $10,000
$1106 Bids
Nice Antique Gold Fill Rockford Pocket Watch
Dec 04, 10:00 AM CST
Nice Antique Gold Fill Rockford Pocket Watch
by Thriftiques of Iowa
Est: $10- $1,000
$756 Bids
Pocketwatch
Dec 09, 6:00 PM EST
Pocketwatch
by Dovetail Auctions, LLC
Est: $5- $500
$305 Bids
POCKET WATCH LOT 1205
Dec 04, 5:00 PM EST
POCKET WATCH LOT 1205
by Jones Auction House LLC
Est: $0- $0
$655 Bids
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ATQ 14K YELLOW GOLD E LEONVILLE LOCALE HUNTER POCKET WATCH
Dec 18, 9:00 AM MST
ATQ 14K YELLOW GOLD E LEONVILLE LOCALE HUNTER POCKET WATCH
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$1005 Bids
Fancy Antique Engraved 14k gold Hunting Case Pocket Watch
Dec 04, 10:00 AM CST
Fancy Antique Engraved 14k gold Hunting Case Pocket Watch
by Thriftiques of Iowa
Est: $10- $1,000
$384 Bids
Antique 18K Gold Pocket Watch, Diamonds
Dec 03, 12:00 PM EST
Antique 18K Gold Pocket Watch, Diamonds
by Blackwell Auctions LLC
Est: $500- $1,000
$3254 Bids
Aurora Antique Floral 18S 15J Mens Hunter Pocket Watch
Dec 03, 12:00 PM EST
Aurora Antique Floral 18S 15J Mens Hunter Pocket Watch
by Hess Fine Art
Est: $100- $1,000
$904 Bids
ANTIQUE 10K GOLD PLATE HUNTERS CASE NEW ENGLAND WATCH CO. LADIES POCKET WATCH
Dec 02, 4:00 PM EST
ANTIQUE 10K GOLD PLATE HUNTERS CASE NEW ENGLAND WATCH CO. LADIES POCKET WATCH
by Diefenderfer Auction Company
Est: $0- $0
$164 Bids
18th century Romilly verge pocket watch
Dec 03, 12:00 PM EST
18th century Romilly verge pocket watch
by South Bay Auctions Inc
Est: $300- $500
$2503 Bids
Fine 14K Gold Rockford Engraved Pocket Watch
Dec 12, 7:00 PM EST
Fine 14K Gold Rockford Engraved Pocket Watch
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $100- $10,000
$1603 Bids
Antique 18K Gold Cambridge Key Wind Pocket Watch
Dec 12, 7:00 PM EST
Antique 18K Gold Cambridge Key Wind Pocket Watch
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $100- $10,000
$1103 Bids
Quarter repeater pocket watch, circa 1910
Dec 06, 3:00 PM CET
Quarter repeater pocket watch, circa 1910
by Bertolami Fine Art
Est: €600- €800
€3403 Bids
Vintage Ingraham Autocrat Pocket Watch With Chain
Dec 09, 6:00 PM EST
Vintage Ingraham Autocrat Pocket Watch With Chain
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $10- $1,000
$162 Bids
CONGRESS POCKET WATCH NOT WORKING LOT 329
Dec 04, 5:00 PM EST
CONGRESS POCKET WATCH NOT WORKING LOT 329
by Jones Auction House LLC
Est: $0- $0
$102 Bids
Neat vintage Minerva stop watch in original box.
Dec 04, 10:00 AM CST
Neat vintage Minerva stop watch in original box.
by Thriftiques of Iowa
Est: $10- $1,000
$322 Bids
Pocket watch national watch company
Dec 13, 6:00 PM CST
Pocket watch national watch company
by Easterly Auction Company
Est: $250- $600
$72 Bids

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