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 21J LS adj. 6p 60 hour 161A Elinvar Bunn Special pocket watch #5568718, YGF SB&B case
Starting at: $1,295.00
PM2767 - This item is currently available.
Illinois 16S 21J LS adj. 6p 60 hour Bunn Special #4756710 pocket watch, YGF SB&B case
Starting at: $595.00
HP140 - This item is currently available.
Illinois 16S 21J LS adj. 6p Sangamo pocket watch #2213680, smooth polish YGF SB&B case
Starting at: $410.00
PM2748 - Thank you for your interest! This item has been sold as of 12/18.
Illinois 16S 23J LS adj. 6p Bunn Special #3654724 pocket watch, heavy YGF swing out case
Starting at: $595.00
HP504 - This item is currently available.
Illinois 18S 17J LS adj. 5p Bunn #2117931 pocket watch, YGF SB&B engraved case
Starting at: $450.00
PM2728 - This item is currently available.
Illinois 18S 19J LS adj. 5p Bunn #2164504 pocket watch, heavy YGF SB&B case, Gothic style dial
Starting at: $395.00
PM2585 - This item is currently for sale at our Etsy Store.
Illinois 6S 15J LS Sears & Roebuck #1428025 pocket watch, YGF engraved HC, papers
Starting at: $195.00
PML649 - This item is currently on hold for maintenance. Please check back.
International 43mm 16J PS pocket watch #733993 H6, IWC-marked solid silver HB&B case
Starting at: $895.00
PM2769 - Thank you for your interest! This item has been sold as of 12/18.
Jules Huguenin 55mm 21J LS chronometer pocket watch, 18k HC
Starting at: $3,500.00
EJ24 - Please contact us for availability.
Lucerna 7J pendant watch, YBM round case with textured diamond pattern, matching chain
$125.00 for the set
PML789 - This item is currently for sale at our Etsy Store.
Milan II quartz belt watch, heavy chrome round case with football design
Starting at: $25.00
PM2654 - This item is currently for sale at our Etsy Store.