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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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COIN SILVER POCKET WATCH
Jun 09, 10:30 AM EDT
COIN SILVER POCKET WATCH
by Farrin's country Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$3006 Bids
ZENITH
May 28, 3:00 PM CEST
ZENITH
by International Art Sale Italy
Est: €200- €400
€7506 Bids
Misc. Pocket Watches
May 28, 9:00 AM EDT
Misc. Pocket Watches
by Wehrly's Auction Service
Est: $0- $0
$405 Bids
ANTIQUE SWING-OUT POCKET WATCHES (3)
May 26, 3:00 PM PDT
ANTIQUE SWING-OUT POCKET WATCHES (3)
by Midnight Sun Antique Auction
Est: $200- $300
$1102 Bids
Thomas J. Cooper 18k Yellow Gold Pocket Watch
May 26, 11:00 AM PDT
Thomas J. Cooper 18k Yellow Gold Pocket Watch
by Fine Estate Inc.
Est: $700- $900
$3502 Bids
RAILROAD POCKET WATCH COLLECTION (4)
May 26, 3:00 PM PDT
RAILROAD POCKET WATCH COLLECTION (4)
by Midnight Sun Antique Auction
Est: $150- $250
$1102 Bids
Two golden ladies pocket watches, around 1900
May 25, 10:00 AM CEST
Two golden ladies pocket watches, around 1900
by Kunst- und Auktionshaus Quedlinburg
Est: €0- €0
€1602 Bids
Omega Watch Co Gold Filled Pocket Watch
May 25, 11:00 AM EDT
Omega Watch Co Gold Filled Pocket Watch
by Kavanagh Auctions
Est: $40- $15,000
$502 Bids
Lot of pocket and wrist watches
Jun 03, 6:00 PM EDT
Lot of pocket and wrist watches
by Atlee Raber Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$152 Bids
Golden Union Ladies Pocket Watch
May 25, 10:00 AM CEST
Golden Union Ladies Pocket Watch
by Kunst- und Auktionshaus Quedlinburg
Est: €0- €0
€1001 Bid
1950’s USSR Serkisof Train Watch Intermittent
May 26, 10:00 AM MST
1950’s USSR Serkisof Train Watch Intermittent
by Monarch Auction and Estate Services
Est: $0- $0
$101 Bid
Antique Gold Filled Ladies Watch Cases / Parts
Jun 01, 9:00 AM EDT
Antique Gold Filled Ladies Watch Cases / Parts
by Searchlight / Saucon Valley Auctions
Est: $50- $100
$251 Bid
14K Gold Wadsworth Pocket Watch
May 29, 10:00 AM CDT
14K Gold Wadsworth Pocket Watch
by Cedarburg Auction & Appraisals LLC
Est: $1,900- $2,200
$251 Bid
US Veterans Pocket Watch
May 28, 5:00 PM EDT
US Veterans Pocket Watch
by Richard L. Edwards Auctioneer
Est: $1- $5,000
$11 Bid
19th C. Antique Verge Fusee Swing Out Pocket Watch
Jun 01, 9:00 AM EDT
19th C. Antique Verge Fusee Swing Out Pocket Watch
by Searchlight / Saucon Valley Auctions
Est: $300- $500
$501 Bid
COLEMAN POCKET WATCH & CASE
Jun 13, 12:00 PM EDT
COLEMAN POCKET WATCH & CASE
by Legacies Old & New, Inc.
Est: $0- $0
$101 Bid
A rare Antique Buttonhole watch
Jun 13, 10:00 AM CEST
A rare Antique Buttonhole watch
by Ostantix Auctions
Est: €120- €150
€1001 Bid
A rare Automaton Erotic Pocketwatch added a Zenith Pocketwatch decorated with a train.
Jun 13, 10:00 AM CEST
A rare Automaton Erotic Pocketwatch added a Zenith Pocketwatch decorated with a train.
by Ostantix Auctions
Est: €300- €400
€2401 Bid
An English Antique Silver pocketwatch by Wales and Mc Culloch London.
Jun 13, 10:00 AM CEST
An English Antique Silver pocketwatch by Wales and Mc Culloch London.
by Ostantix Auctions
Est: €200- €250
€1601 Bid
Rode 17J Pocket Watch
Jun 10, 5:00 PM EDT
Rode 17J Pocket Watch
by Atlee Raber Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$51 Bid

Sellers Who Sell Pocket Watches


Ostantix Auctions

Ostantix Auctions

Searchlight / Saucon Valley Auctions

Searchlight / Saucon Valley Auctions

Auktionshaus Zofingen

Auktionshaus Zofingen

Galerie Moenius

Galerie Moenius