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Watch Pendants

The origins of the watch pendant dates to the days of Jean Adrien Phillipe, a Swiss gentleman who was known for his remarkable contributions to watch precision technology. Phillipe also developed the pendant watch, which by the end of the 19th century had escalated to one of the most popular watch types among women. So intense was the demand for such watches that even American watch companies began manufacturing them.

From the late 19th- into the 20th century, watch pendants assumed varying levels of decoration and luxury. Some were simply plated with a precious metal to give an air of elegance, while others were encased in elaborate enamelwork or encrusted with gems. Regardless of ornateness, however, these pendant watches reflect a true piece of fashion history.


Quick Facts:

  • Jean Adrien Phillipe went on to be co-founder of Patek Phillipe & Company, which began watch production under this name around the midpoint of the 19th century
  • Phillipe also published a book on his inventions, entitled “Les montres sans clef,” or “Watches Without Keys,” in 1863
  • Some of the more unique pendant watches are those that come with a locket enclosure, such that the inside of the watch case allows for an image to be hidden away and revealed only when flipped open by the wearer

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Crown Watch Co. Ladies Hunter Case Pendant Watch
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Silver Necklace with Watch Pendant, 61.21 grams
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LADIES ART DECO PLATINUM AND DIAMOND PENDANT WATCH
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Est: $2,000- $3,000
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Elgin Ladies Pendant Watch
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Elgin Ladies Pendant Watch
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Est: $10- $10,000
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ESTATE FRENCH 18KT GOLD GUILLOCHE ENAMEL & DIAMOND PENDANT WATCH
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ESTATE FRENCH 18KT GOLD GUILLOCHE ENAMEL & DIAMOND PENDANT WATCH
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Elegant Bronze Tone Watch Pendant Necklace
Feb 28, 9:00 PM EST
Elegant Bronze Tone Watch Pendant Necklace
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Est: $60- $90
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Akron 14K Ruby Diamond Pendant Watch
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Akron 14K Ruby Diamond Pendant Watch
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18th C. 12mm Sapphire, 18K and Enamel Pocket Watch/Pendant
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Est: $0- $0
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Antique Variegated Gold, Portrait Miniature and Split Pearl Pendant-Watch Lapel Clip-Brooch, France
Feb 29, 12:00 PM EST
Antique Variegated Gold, Portrait Miniature and Split Pearl Pendant-Watch Lapel Clip-Brooch, France
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Elgin Ladies Pendant Watch
Feb 29, 6:00 PM EST
Elgin Ladies Pendant Watch
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Est: $10- $10,000
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LADIES PENDANT WATCH WITH ENAMELS, IN GOLDEN SILVER
Mar 06, 5:00 PM CET
LADIES PENDANT WATCH WITH ENAMELS, IN GOLDEN SILVER
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Est: €900- €1,200
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Cattin Aubry Swiss 15 Jewels Ladies Pendant Watch
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Est: $10- $10,000
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A. Felicetti Swiss Lily 15 Jewels Pendant Watch
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A. Felicetti Swiss Lily 15 Jewels Pendant Watch
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Est: $10- $10,000
$50 Bids
Russian Locket Watch with Amber
Mar 01, 8:30 AM EST
Russian Locket Watch with Amber
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Est: $50- $200
$250 Bids
Bristol Watch Co. Ladies Pendant Watch
Feb 29, 6:00 PM EST
Bristol Watch Co. Ladies Pendant Watch
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Est: $10- $10,000
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Antique Silver Enamel Watch Pendant 14K Necklace
Mar 03, 12:00 PM EST
Antique Silver Enamel Watch Pendant 14K Necklace
by Auctions at Showplace
Est: $800- $1,200
$5500 Bids

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