Vintage Pocket Watches
The pocket watch is an iconic timepiece that is quickly recognized across generations and cultures. As one of the earliest time keeping devices, we each have seen examples in book illustrations and movies, and in many cases, we each also have memories of someone from an earlier generation carrying, and caring for, a pocket watch of their own.
While the first pocket watches were in use during the 1600s, the scarcity of those items kept them very limited. With advancements over the following 200 years, by the 1800s there were a large number of watches available to multiple economic tiers of owners, and by the early 1900s, there were millions of pocket watches being carried in the United States alone. With the increase in production and use of the wrist watch, by the 1930s we saw the slow decline of pocket watch use. In 1969 the Hamilton Watch Company, the last American-based watch company still in production, sold their final group of watches before selling to a Swiss company and closing down. It was at this same time, during the late 1960s and early 1970s, that the quartz-movement watch heralded a new era of inexpensive, accurate timekeeping.
The majority of the pocket watches you will find here on the PM Time Service web site will have been produced between the mid-1800s and 1969, with a small portion of our catalog comprised of quartz watches produced from the 1970s to today.
For further information, examples, photos, and notes on how to wear our various styles of watches and watch accessories, please visit our How-To-Wear Guide.
You can narrow your search by going to one of the following sections, or browse all our pocket watches further below...
Additionally, you can navigate our catalog by visiting our "Watch Styles By Popular Grouping" page, or choose from some of the following commonly viewed groups...
Acme by Elgin 6S 7J #7395245 pocket watch, heavy fully engine turned YGF HC, monogram button
PMGZ011 - This item is currently available.
Ball-Hamilton 16S 23J LS adj. 5p model 999 Official R.R. Standard pocket watch #B617280, WGF case
PM2781 - This item is currently sold or on hold.
Ball-Hamilton 18S 17J LS adj. 5p 999 Official RR Standard #486694 pocket watch, SB&B chrome case
PM2576 - This item is currently available.
Basis Watch Co. for Heritage 1J pendant watch, YBM case, filigree design w/ cameo, includes chain
$175.00 for the set
PML792 - This item is currently for sale at our Etsy Store.
Bulova 17J grade 5AB pendant watch, attractive 14k rose gold tapered rectangular case
HPL934 - This item is currently for sale at our Etsy Store.
Buren 38mm (12S) 7J pocket watch, SS case, Avanti advertising
PM1909 - This item is currently for sale at our Etsy Store.
Burlington by Illinois 16S 21J LS adj. 3p #3546685 pocket watch, YGF SB&B Burlington case
HP1089 - This item is currently for sale at our Etsy Store.
Burlington by Illinois 16S 21J LS adj. 3p #4318677 pocket watch, YGF SB&B Burlington case
HP1066 - This item is currently available.
Caravelle 7J pendant watch, YBM heart-shaped pendant supporting round watch in center
TC44 - This item is currently for sale at our Etsy Store.
Ciprini 10S quartz pocket watch, heavy YBM engraved HC, white metal dial
PM2650 - Thank you for your interest! This item has been sold as of 03/18.
Elgin 16S 17J #12978753 pocket watch, fully engraved YGF hunting case (HC)
PM2696 - This item is currently for sale at our Etsy Store.
Elgin 16S 19J LS adj. 5p B.W. Raymond Up & Down indicator #22168525 pocket watch, YGF SB&B case
HP465 - This item is currently for sale at our Etsy Store.