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Watch Tools & Parts

Part of the brilliance of the rich history of pocket watches and timepieces stems from the delicacy of the mechanisms incorporated into their designs. The one disadvantage of this delicacy is that even the most masterful design will, after significant years of ticking, need to be serviced.

As old watch works are slowly declining or have ceased production, sometimes finding the parts or tools needed to revive your timepiece prove more elusive than you would hope. While you hunt for that new mainspring or watch face, take heart that numerous watch parts and tools are still accessible for the antique and vintage watch enthusiast, allowing your icon of history to keep ticking well into the future.


Quick Facts

  • The mainspring, an essential mechanism that paved the way for the portable clock, was not developed until 1410
  • Mechanical watches dominated the market for close to 500 years, from their creation at the end of the 15th century to the 1970s, with the advent of the electronic watch
  • Before Marie Antoinette's death, a member of the Queen's Guard ordered her a spectacular Breguet watch that employed every finessed movement and possible complication. After being stolen in the 1980s, the watch reappeared two and half decades later at the Baselworld exhibition

Recommended Items at Auction

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Lot of watches; most just for parts
Nov 01, 2:00 PM PDT
Lot of watches; most just for parts
by International Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $50
$51 Bid
12 pocket watch movements and
Nov 02, 10:00 AM CET
12 pocket watch movements and
by Historia Auktionshaus
Est: €0- €0
€500 Bids
A ladies’ 9ct gold mechanical bracelet watch,
Oct 27, 10:00 AM BST
A ladies’ 9ct gold mechanical bracelet watch,
by Sworders
Est: £120- £180
£900 Bids
Watchmaker's Lathe with Accessories, c. 1920
Nov 06, 10:00 AM CET
Watchmaker's Lathe with Accessories, c. 1920
by Auction Team Breker
Est: €300- €500
€1200 Bids
Incomplete Vintage Breitling calibre 12 Movement for Parts projects or restorations.
Oct 27, 10:30 AM BST
Incomplete Vintage Breitling calibre 12 Movement for Parts projects or restorations.
by Sterling Vault Auctioneers
Est: £100- £200
£500 Bids
Incomplete Vintage Breitling calibre 12 Movement for Parts projects or restorations.
Oct 27, 10:30 AM BST
Incomplete Vintage Breitling calibre 12 Movement for Parts projects or restorations.
by Sterling Vault Auctioneers
Est: £50- £100
£250 Bids
Vintage Breitling calibre 11 & 12 Movement Date ring for Parts or projects.
Oct 27, 10:30 AM BST
Vintage Breitling calibre 11 & 12 Movement Date ring for Parts or projects.
by Sterling Vault Auctioneers
Est: £50- £100
£250 Bids
Incomplete Vintage Breitling calibre 12 Movement for Parts projects or restorations
Oct 27, 10:30 AM BST
Incomplete Vintage Breitling calibre 12 Movement for Parts projects or restorations
by Sterling Vault Auctioneers
Est: £400- £500
£2000 Bids
Incomplete Vintage Breitling calibre 12 Movement for Parts projects or restorations.
Oct 27, 10:30 AM BST
Incomplete Vintage Breitling calibre 12 Movement for Parts projects or restorations.
by Sterling Vault Auctioneers
Est: £350- £450
£1700 Bids
Incomplete Vintage Breitling calibre 12 Movement for Parts projects or restorations.
Oct 27, 10:30 AM BST
Incomplete Vintage Breitling calibre 12 Movement for Parts projects or restorations.
by Sterling Vault Auctioneers
Est: £250- £350
£1200 Bids
Lots of Watch Making Tools/Repair Kit etc
Oct 24, 1:00 PM EDT
Lots of Watch Making Tools/Repair Kit etc
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $650- $6,500
$6500 Bids
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Golden enamel pocketwatch key
Oct 30, 1:00 PM CEST
Golden enamel pocketwatch key
by Galerie + Auktionshaus Peter Klöter
Est: €0- €0
€1,8000 Bids
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Mosaic Pocket Watch Key in Gold Plated Setting
Oct 30, 1:00 PM CEST
Mosaic Pocket Watch Key in Gold Plated Setting
by Galerie + Auktionshaus Peter Klöter
Est: €0- €0
€4500 Bids
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Golden pocket watch key
Oct 30, 1:00 PM CEST
Golden pocket watch key
by Galerie + Auktionshaus Peter Klöter
Est: €0- €0
€8500 Bids
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Golden enamel pocketwatch key
Oct 30, 1:00 PM CEST
Golden enamel pocketwatch key
by Galerie + Auktionshaus Peter Klöter
Est: €0- €0
€1,6000 Bids
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Golden enamel pocketwatch key
Oct 30, 1:00 PM CEST
Golden enamel pocketwatch key
by Galerie + Auktionshaus Peter Klöter
Est: €0- €0
€1,6000 Bids
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Golden pocket watch key
Oct 30, 1:00 PM CEST
Golden pocket watch key
by Galerie + Auktionshaus Peter Klöter
Est: €0- €0
€5000 Bids
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Golden pocket watch key
Oct 30, 1:00 PM CEST
Golden pocket watch key
by Galerie + Auktionshaus Peter Klöter
Est: €0- €0
€2600 Bids
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Mosaic Pocket Watch Key in Gold Plated Setting
Oct 30, 1:00 PM CEST
Mosaic Pocket Watch Key in Gold Plated Setting
by Galerie + Auktionshaus Peter Klöter
Est: €0- €0
€2400 Bids
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Golden pocket watch key
Oct 30, 1:00 PM CEST
Golden pocket watch key
by Galerie + Auktionshaus Peter Klöter
Est: €0- €0
€3900 Bids
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Golden pocket watch key
Oct 30, 1:00 PM CEST
Golden pocket watch key
by Galerie + Auktionshaus Peter Klöter
Est: €0- €0
€5000 Bids
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Golden pocket watch key
Oct 30, 1:00 PM CEST
Golden pocket watch key
by Galerie + Auktionshaus Peter Klöter
Est: €0- €0
€2600 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Watch Tools & Parts


Sterling Vault Auctioneers

Sterling Vault Auctioneers

Galerie + Auktionshaus Peter Klöter

Galerie + Auktionshaus Peter Klöter

Sworders

Sworders

Auction Team Breker

Auction Team Breker