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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 19J LS adj. 5p B.W. Raymond Up & Down indicator #22168525 pocket watch, YGF SB&B case

COMPLEX
MOVEMENT
RR
GRADE
TRIPLE
SIGNED

$795.00

HP465 - This item is currently for sale at our Etsy Store.

Howard 12S 19J adj 5p series 6 #1230337 pocket watch, YGF Howard HB&B case

DRESS
SIZE
TRIPLE
SIGNED

$215.00

PM1560 - This item is currently for sale at our Etsy Store.

Swiss 25mm (3-OS) 15J ladies pocket watch, silver HB engraved case, fancy dial

FANCY
CASE
SOLID
SILVER

$195.00

PML811 - This item is currently for sale at our Etsy Store.

Lancel for Franklin Sinon & Co desk clock, smooth polish brass base, blue leatherette display box

FACTORY
BOXED
FANCY
CASE
FANCY
DIAL
JEWELER'S
MARK

$475.00

JHP02 - This item is currently for sale at our Etsy Store.

Westclox 16S 1J "dollar watch" stopwatch, heavy smooth polish chrome case with a stepped bezel

COMPLEX
MOVEMENT
"DOLLAR"
WATCH

$125.00

PM2879 - This item is currently for sale at our Etsy Store.

Buler 23mm (10S case) 21J pocket watch with date, YBM smooth polish friction-fit case

COMPLEX
MOVEMENT
DRESS
SIZE

$145.00

PM2839 - This item is currently for sale at our Etsy Store.

Waltham 18S 11J key wind pocket watch #8197854, heavy Sterling silver HB&B case

KEY WIND
MOVEMENT
SOLID
SILVER

$345.00

PM2868 - 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"

FACTORY
BOXED
COMPLEX
MOVEMENT

$95.00

PMMisc0022 - This item is currently for sale at our Etsy Store.