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...
Elgin 18S 7J HCM LS #6442499 pocket watch, WBM SB&B smooth polish case, Daimler advertising
PM2005 - This item is currently on hold for maintenance. Please check back.
Elgin 18S 7J LS HCM #2851224 pocket watch, extra heavy WBM HB&B case
PM2618 - Thank you for your interest! This item has been sold as of 09/18.
Elgin OS 7J #12111491 pocket watch, beautiful YGF multi-colored engraved HC
TC20 - This item is currently on hold for maintenance. Please check back.
Elgin OS 7J #20384348 ladies pocket watch, YGF HB case, with decorative tassel & YGF lapel pin
PML804 - This item is currently on hold for maintenance. Please check back.
Elgin OS 7J #27096816 pocket watch, Sterling silver case, Auburn advertising
PML327 - This item is currently on hold for maintenance. Please check back.
H. Bernstein, Manchester 54mm key wind chronograph #105558 pocket watch, silver HB&B case
HP371 - This item is currently available.
Hamilton 16S 21J LS adj. 5p grade 992 #1708013 pocket watch, GGF SB&B case, Montgomery style dial
PM2682 - Thank you for your interest! This item has been sold as of 09/18.
Hamilton 18S 17J LS HCM grade 925 pocket watch #255647, smooth polish YGF SB&B case
PM2693 - This item is currently available.
Hamilton 18S 23J LS adj. 5p 946 pocket watch #459778, Sterling silver SB&B case
PM2751 - Thank you for your interest! This item has been sold as of 09/18.
Helmstine, Stockholm 58mm 15J key wind verge fusee #2952 pocket watch, heavy silver swing out case
m_EJ94 - This item is currently available.
Howard 12S 17J series 7 #1275041 pocket watch, heavy YGF HB&B case, Howard box and papers.
HP795 - This item is currently on hold for maintenance. Please check back.