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...
Illinois 16S 19J LS adj 5p Bunn pocket watch #3783538, YGF SB&B case with large floral designs
PM2920 - Thank you for your interest! This item has been sold as of 07/18.
Goering 25mm 15J adj. ladies' pocket watch #1887, Sterling silver Goering smooth polish HB&B case
PML342 - This item is currently available.
Waltham 18S 19J LS adj. Crescent St. pocket watch #11058506, heavy YGF SB&B case
PM2575 - This item is currently for sale at our Etsy Store.
Illinois 16S 21J LS adj 6p 60 hour Bunn Special pocket watch #4914170, YGF Bunn Special #107 case
PM2704 - This item is currently available.
Waltham 18S 17J adj. P.S. Bartlett pocket watch #17102978, YGF SB&B case, Dodge dial emblem
PM2911 - This item is currently on hold for C.S.
Elgin 16S 22J adj 5p B.W. Raymond pocket watch #41756294, WBM Elgin SB&B case, wood display box
PM2945 - This item is currently available.
Elgin 6S 15J grade 295 ladies' pocket watch #10893783, incredible YGF fully engraved HC
PML831 - This item is currently available.