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...
Hamilton 16S 21J LS adj. 5p grade 992 pocket watch #1315624, Keystone WGF SB&B fully engraved case
PM2941 - This item is currently available.
Waltham OS 7J ladies' pocket watch #10295536, fully engraved YGF HC with a coin edge frame
PML829 - This item is currently available.
Hampden 18S 15J LS HCM pocket watch #220049, heavy smooth polish WBM SB&B case, Harley Davidson logo
PM1212 - Thank you for your interest! This item has been sold as of 04/18.
Hampden 16S 17J adj. Wm. McKinley pocket watch #3307775, WBM SB&B fully engraved case
PM1483 - This item is currently available.
Illinois 16S 21J LS adj 6p 60hr Bunn Special pocket watch #5062233, YGF smooth polish SB&B case
PM2672 - Thank you for your interest! This item has been sold as of 04/18.
Waltham 18S 17J adj. pocket watch #11504505, handsome smooth polish WBM SB&B case
PM2936 - This item is currently for sale at our Etsy Store.
Rockford 16S 17J adj. grade 565 pocket watch #572462, heavy YGF SB&B case with deep floral engraving
PM1202 - This item is currently available.
Hampden 18S 11J key wind grade No. 71 pocket watch #263933, Fahy's coin silver HC, with chain & key
PM2664 - This item is currently available.
Illinois 16S 11J LS HCM grade 172 pocket watch #2048492, YGF SB&B case with coin edge engraving
PM2942 - This item is currently available.
Elgin 8-0S 16J grade 532 ladies' pocket watch #E150081, smooth polish Sterling silver Elgin HB case
PML323 - This item is currently for sale at our Etsy Store.
Bader 20S 1J mechanical movement stopwatch, mint smooth polish heavy chrome case, "Majestime 1/5"
PMMisc0022 - This item is currently for sale at our Etsy Store.