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:
Hamilton 16S 21J LS adj. 5p grade 992 pocket watch #1197572, Wadsworth YGF SB&B bar-over-crown case
PM2669 - This item is currently for sale at our Etsy Store
Waltham 3-OS 15J grade 315 ladies' pocket watch #22901448, Sterling silver case, Mary Aquinas script
PML0841 - This item is currently for sale at our Etsy Store
Elgin 16S 7J grade 469 timer #41045129, heavy Elgin smooth polish nickel HB case
PM1868 - This item is currently for sale at our Etsy Store
Hamilton 16S 21J LS adj 6p grade 992B pocket watch #C380531, Star YGF SB&B smooth polish case
PM2860 - This item is currently for sale at our Etsy Store
Waltham 6S/12S 11J HCM grade W pocket watch #6092177, thin-model YGF SB&B case with bead-edge bezels
PM2966 - This item is currently for sale at our Etsy Store
Rockford OS 7J ladies' pocket watch #848130, 14k gold fully engraved HC with tight engine turning
PML0796 - This item is currently for sale at our Etsy Store
Elgin 3-OS 7J grade 418 ladies' pocket watch #20384348, YGF HB case & fancy bow-style lapel pin
$235.00 for the set
PML0804 - This item is currently for sale at our Etsy Store