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...
Knickerbocker 16S 7J adj. 2p Juillard pocket watch, smooth polish YGF thin-model case, French bow
PM2878 - This item is currently for sale at our Etsy Store.
Illinois 12S 17J Stewart pocket watch #3358633, heavy YGF smooth polish SB&B case with monogram
PM2892 - This item is currently available.
Hampden 3-OS 7J LS Molly Stark ladies' pocket watch #1419077, YGF engraved HC, hand-painted dial
PML779 - This item is currently available.
Westclox 1J ladies' purse watch, distinctive white lucite case with sloped bezels on both sides
PMMisc0020 - This item is currently for sale at our Etsy Store.
Illinois 16S 17J grade 304 pocket watch #3232239, YGF smooth polish SB&B case, hand painted dial
PM2743 - Thank you for your interest! This item has been sold as of 02/18.
Hamilton 16S 21J LS adj 5p grade 992 pocket watch #1296209, YGF SB&B smooth polish case
PM2861 - This item is currently available.
Burlington by Illinois 16S 19J LS adj 3p grade 185 pocket watch #2127624, YGF Burlington engraved HC
PM2916 - This item is currently available.
Elgin 12S 15J HCM pocket watch #24264205, WBM swing out case, Masonic symbols for numbers
PM2934 - This item is currently available.