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 website 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 using the FILTERS section on this page, 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:
H. Bernstein, Manchester 54mm 16J key wind chronograph #105558 pocket watch, silver HB&B case
HP371 - This item is currently for sale at our Etsy Store
Milan II quartz belt watch, heavy chrome round case with football design
PM2654 - This item is currently for sale at our Etsy Store
Westclox 16S 1J "dollar watch" stopwatch, heavy smooth polish chrome case with a stepped bezel
PM2879 - This item is currently for sale at our Etsy Store
Cretets Watch Co 22mm 15J adj 2p ladies' pocket watch, YGF smooth polish HB case, "Dale" on dial
PML0833 - This item is currently for sale at our Etsy Store
Savoy 29mm 17J ladies' pocket watch, smooth polish Savoy Sterling silver friction fit case
PML0337 - This item is currently for sale at our Etsy Store
Waltham 18S 11J key wind adj Wm. Ellery pocket watch #1850394, heavy Sterling silver HC
PM2873 - This item is currently for sale at our Etsy Store
Elgin 12S 15J grade 315 pocket watch #30405250, YGF 8-sided friction fit case with engraved bezels
PM1632 - This item is currently for sale at our Etsy Store
Hampden 18S 17J HCM LS adj Special pocket watch #756110, YGF SB&B case with Texas engraving
PM2737 - This item is currently for sale at our Etsy Store