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 16S 22J adj 5p B.W. Raymond pocket watch #41752455, WBM Elgin SB&B case, wood display box
PM2944 - This item is currently available.
Smiths Industries Ltd, Great Britain for Sears 46mm 0J dollar pocket watch, brass case w/ locomotive
PM2959 - This item is currently for sale at our Etsy Store.
Swiss 26mm 15J ladies' pocket watch #1257558, lovely 14k smooth polish swing out cup-style case
PML095 - This item is currently for sale at our Etsy Store.
Illinois 12S 15J grade 503 Hallmark pocket watch #3089118, thin Hallmark-model YGF SB&B case
PM1603 - This item is currently available.
South Bend 16S 17J LS adj grade 298 pocket watch #516209, YGF South Bend "Panama" model SB&B case
PM2646 - This item is currently available.
Waltham 12S/6S 7J pocket watch #7393547, YGF engraved HC, Harley Davidson dial emblem
PM2958 - This item is currently sold or on hold.