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18k Rose Gold Hunter-Case Swiss Pocket Watch Angelus
By Angelus
Located in Bilbao, ES
18K Rose Gold Hunter-case Swiss Pocket Watch ANGELUS #40283. Cronograph with o'clock and quarter chimes on demand. 58mm/2.28in three-lid case in rose gold. External lids in guillochè...
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Late 19th Century French Antique Swiss Pocket Watch

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Ruby, Rose Gold

Antique 9 Karat Gold Half Hunter Swiss Pocket Watch
Located in Carlisle, GB
This stunning 50mm diameter half hunter 9K Gold Pocket Watch is in good working condition and it is ticking well. Visible signs of ageing and wear with tiny dents, scratches on the c...
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1910s Swiss Antique Swiss Pocket Watch

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9k Gold, Enamel

Antique 9 Karat Gold Half Hunter Swiss Pocket Watch
Located in Carlisle, GB
This stunning 50mm diameter half hunter 9K Gold Pocket Watch is in good working condition and it is ticking well. Visible signs of ageing and wear with tiny dents, scratches on the c...
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1910s Swiss Antique Swiss Pocket Watch

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Gold, 9k Gold, Enamel

18K Yellow Gold Hunter-Case Swiss Pocket Watch 1880 Guye aux Perrieres
Located in Bilbao, ES
18K yellow gold Hunter-case Swiss pocket watch with three strong lids, external ones in guillochè. Silver guillochè sphere with gold Roman numerals and blue hands. Seconds hands at s...
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Late 19th Century Antique Swiss Pocket Watch

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Ruby, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Remontoir Cylindre 10 Rubis Woman's Swiss Pocket Watch 14 Carat Gold Diamonds
Located in Vienna, AT
Remontoir Cylindre 10 Rubis Woman's Pocket Watch with three lids. Made of 14 ct slight red gold, with eight diamonds (= 0,40 ct in total) decorating the clockface covering lid, all ...
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Early 1900s Swiss Art Nouveau Antique Swiss Pocket Watch

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Diamond, Gold, 14k Gold

Remontoir Cylindre 10 Rubis Woman's Swiss Pocket Watch 14 Carat Gold Diamonds
Located in Vienna, AT
Remontoir Cylindre 10 Rubis Woman's Pocket Watch with three lids. Made of 14 ct slight red gold, with eight diamonds (= 0,40 ct in total) decorating the lid which covers clockface (...
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Early 1900s Swiss Art Nouveau Antique Swiss Pocket Watch

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Diamond, 14k Gold

Exquisite Hunter-Case Swiss Pocket Gold Watch Courvoisier, 1870
Located in Bilbao, ES
Exquisite Gold hunter-case Swiss pocket watch COURVOISIER #10673. Golden case with three 43mm/1.69in extrathin lids showing a beautiful dècor of a peasant with a pitcher by a well an...
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Late 19th Century Antique Swiss Pocket Watch

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Ruby, Gold

Swiss 18k Repeater Chronograph Diamond Ruby HorseRacing / Bet Motif Pocket Watch
By Angelus
Located in New york, NY
An Extremely Rare & Impressive High Grade Swiss Large 18kt Hunting Case 1900s Repeating Chronograph with Special Order Diamond & Ruby Set Horse Racing & Gambling Horseshoe Raised Rel...
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1890s Swiss Belle Époque Antique Swiss Pocket Watch

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Diamond, Ruby, 18k Gold

Antique Swiss Made Pocket Watch
Located in Carlisle, GB
Antique Swiss Made Pocket Watch. Condition is used. This watch is in good working order. Visible cracks on the dial
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Early 1900s Antique Swiss Pocket Watch

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Silver Plate, Enamel

Swiss Grande Sonnerie Quarter-Repeater Pocket Watch
Located in New Orleans, LA
Housed in an intricately decorated 18K yellow gold case and boasting a complex movement, this Swiss grande sonnerie quarter-repeater pocket watch is a masterpiece both inside and out...
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19th Century Swiss Aesthetic Movement Antique Swiss Pocket Watch

Materials

18k Gold, Yellow Gold, Silver, Gilt Metal

Rockford Yellow Gold Filled Open Faced Pocket Watch from 1886
By Rockford Watch Company
Located in Long Beach, CA
FACTORY / HOUSE: Rockford Watch Company STYLE / REFERENCE: Open Faced Pocket Watch METAL / MATERIAL: Gold Filled CIRCA / YEAR: 1886 DIMENSIONS / SIZE: Diameter 55mm MOVEMENT / CALIBE...
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1880s Swiss Early Victorian Antique Swiss Pocket Watch

Silver Cased Swiss Lever Chronograph Centre Seconds Pocket Watch
Located in Carlisle, GB
A good quality chronograph timer pocket watch in a silver case. An enamel dial with black Roman numerals and a subsidiary seconds dial. A central seconds hand and a further dial whi...
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Early 1900s Swiss Antique Swiss Pocket Watch

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Silver, Enamel

18 Karat Gold Swiss Verge Quarter Repeater Pocket Watch
Located in Carlisle, GB
This gorgeous piece is an 18 karat gold verge quarter repeating pocket watch, it has an open face and is key wound. A Very ornate gold dial with black Arabic numerals set on a chapte...
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1880s Swiss Antique Swiss Pocket Watch

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18k Gold

  • 18 Karat Gold Swiss Verge Quarter Repeater Pocket Watch
  • 18 Karat Gold Swiss Verge Quarter Repeater Pocket Watch
  • 18 Karat Gold Swiss Verge Quarter Repeater Pocket Watch
  • 18 Karat Gold Swiss Verge Quarter Repeater Pocket Watch
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H 6.391 in. W 5.376 in. D 1.865 in.
Antique 8 Day Swiss Made Hebdomas Nickel Pocket Watch
Located in Carlisle, GB
Antique 8 Day Swiss Made Hebdomas Nickel Pocket Watch. This watch is working and ticking well. However, I cannot guarantee the time accuracy due to its age.
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1910s Antique Swiss Pocket Watch

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Silver Plate, Enamel

Antique Half Hunter Silver Swiss Made Pocket Watch
Located in Carlisle, GB
Antique Half Hunter Silver Swiss Made Pocket Watch . This watch is working and ticking well. The Bessel and Glass are missing. This Swiss made watch is examined by J.W. Benson London.
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Early 1900s Antique Swiss Pocket Watch

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Silver, Enamel

Antique Gold-Plated Full Hunter Swiss Hand-Winding Pocket Watch
Located in Carlisle, GB
This beautiful 52mm diameter antique gold plated hand winding pocket watch is in good working condition and it is ticking. It is recently been serviced and it is running well. Visibl...
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1910s Swiss Antique Swiss Pocket Watch

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Gold Plate

P Moser Pocket Watch Working Case Year 1910 Swiss Made 875 Silver
Located in Rancho Santa Fe, CA
P. Moser 875 silver pocket watch that has a 51mm case, 13.5mm thick, with a clean plastic crystal. The manual movement is working with serial number 176469. Overall, this pocket watc...
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1910s Swiss Edwardian Antique Swiss Pocket Watch

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Silver

Swiss Open-Faced 18k Gold and Enamel Pocket Watch, by Martin & Marchinville
Located in London, GB
A Swiss Open-Faced 18k Gold and Enamel Pocket Watch, By Martin & Marchinville Circa. 1880 This is an exquisite rare antique enamelled watch by Swiss watchmaker Martin & Marchinville...
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19th Century Swiss Antique Swiss Pocket Watch

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18k Gold, Enamel

  • Swiss Open-Faced 18k Gold and Enamel Pocket Watch, by Martin & Marchinville
  • Swiss Open-Faced 18k Gold and Enamel Pocket Watch, by Martin & Marchinville
  • Swiss Open-Faced 18k Gold and Enamel Pocket Watch, by Martin & Marchinville
  • Swiss Open-Faced 18k Gold and Enamel Pocket Watch, by Martin & Marchinville
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H 1.33 in. W 1.33 in. Dm 1.33 in. L 1.33 in.
Antique Swiss Made Pocket Watch
Located in Carlisle, GB
Antique Swiss Made Pocket Watch. This watch is working and ticking nicely. Non magnetic lever. Please study the images carefully carefully as form part of the description.
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Early 1900s Antique Swiss Pocket Watch

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Silver Plate

Antique Silver Swiss 8 Day Hebdomas with Visible Escapement Pocket Watch
Located in Carlisle, GB
Antique Silver 8 Day Visible Escapement Pocket watch. This beautiful watch is in good working condition and is running well.
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Early 20th Century Antique Swiss Pocket Watch

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Silver

Antique Gold-Plated Dennison Case Swiss Hand Winding Pocket Watch
Located in Carlisle, GB
Swiss gold plated lever pocket watch, the movement branded Northern Goldsmiths Co. Newcastle with compensated balance and regulator, the dial branded Northern Goldsmiths Co. Newcastl...
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Early 1900s British Antique Swiss Pocket Watch

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Gold Plate

Antique Swiss Made Silver Plated Pocket Watch with Visible Escapement
Located in Carlisle, GB
Antique Swiss Made With Visible Escapement Silver Plated Pocket Watch. This watch is working and ticking very well. Silver dial is a bit worn and dated. Case is a bit tarnished
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1910s Antique Swiss Pocket Watch

1900 Swiss Art Nouveau Diamond 14 Karat Yellow Gold Cherub Pocket Watch
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Circular pocket watch features a highly rendered repoussè front Depicting three celebrating cherubs surrounded by scrolling foliate and florals Accented by a bezel set old European...
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Early 1900s Swiss Art Nouveau Antique Swiss Pocket Watch

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Diamond, White Diamond, Gold, Yellow Gold, 14k Gold

Henri Beguelin 18Kt. Solid Gold High Grade Swiss Keywind Pocket Watch circa 1840
Located in Long Beach, CA
FACTORY / HOUSE: Henri Beguelin STYLE / REFERENCE: Open Faced Pocket Watch / Breguet Engine Turned Case METAL / MATERIAL: 18Kt. Solid Yellow Gold DIMENSIONS: Diameter 44mm CIRCA: 184...
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1840s Swiss Edwardian Antique Swiss Pocket Watch

Vacheron Constantin Pocket Watch
By Vacheron Constantin
Located in Surfside, FL
Vacheron Constantin open face pocket watch with white porcelain dial and fancy hands in 18k gold with green enamel back and center diamond. Manual 10 jewels movement with sub-seconds...
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Late 19th Century Swiss Antique Swiss Pocket Watch

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18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Rare Antique Swiss Silver Hebdomas 8 Days Calendar Grand-P Pocket Watch C.1900's
Located in ARMADALE, AU
**Rare Antique Swiss Silver Hebdomas 8 Days Calendar Grand-P POCKET WATCH C.1900'S ** Signed porcelain dial Hebdomas 8 Jours. Movement: The movement is running strong. Comes with l...
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Early 19th Century Antique Swiss Pocket Watch

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Silver

Antique Silver Plated F.Bachschmid Open Face Pocket Watch Swiss, 1900s
Located in Carlisle, GB
This Charming Key-less 54mm FERDINAND BACHSCHMID Antique watch is in good working condition and it runs well (5 mins fast a day) which is normal for a watch of this age. with its cen...
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Early 1900s Antique Swiss Pocket Watch

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Silver Plate, Enamel

Antique Zenith Silver Pocket Watch
By Zenith
Located in Carlisle, GB
This watch is working and it is ticking well. Front cover case is missing. Tiny dents on the back cover as shown. Secondary dial is a bit tired. Please study the images carefully as ...
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Early 1900s Swiss Antique Swiss Pocket Watch

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Silver

Antique 8 Days Jovis Swiss Made Pocket Watch
Located in Carlisle, GB
Antique 8 Days Jovis swiss made Pocket Watch . This watch is working and ticking well but I cannot guarantee the time accuracy.
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1880s Antique Swiss Pocket Watch

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Silver Plate, Enamel

Fine and Rare Swiss Mystery Solid Silver Pocket Watch for Spares or Repair
Located in Carlisle, GB
Here we a have a very fine and rare vintage Swiss solid silver late 19th century mystery pocket watch. The watch has a transparent glass dial with applied gilt Arabic numerals. Keyl...
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Late 19th Century Antique Swiss Pocket Watch

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Silver

Antique Silver Plated Goliath Pocket Watch
Located in Carlisle, GB
This beautiful antique 64mm diameter (excluding the crown) Hand winding silver plated pocket watch is in good working condition and it is running well. Visible signs of ageing and we...
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Early 1900s Swiss Antique Swiss Pocket Watch

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Silver Plate

Antique Stem-Winding Silver Pocket Watch
Located in Carlisle, GB
This beautiful antique silver hand-winding pocket watch is working and it is running well. Please study the images carefully as form part of the description
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Early 1900s Swiss Antique Swiss Pocket Watch

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Silver, Enamel

Jules Jurgensen Pocket Watch in 18k
By Jules Jurgensen
Located in Surfside, FL
Jules Jurgensen hunter case pocket watch with porcelain dial and moon hands in 18k yellow gold . Barley corn engine turned front and back lid. Manual 18 jewel movement w/ subseconds....
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Late 19th Century Swiss Reconstruction Era Antique Swiss Pocket Watch

Antique White Metal Hand winding Pocket Watch
Located in Carlisle, GB
Continental white metal cylinder pocket watch, unsigned gilt frosted movement, the cuvette inscribed L Collaine á Gannat, the dial with Roman numerals, inner Arabic twenty-four hour ...
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1880s Swiss Antique Swiss Pocket Watch

Antique Silver Pocket Watch Signed Le Roi
Located in Carlisle, GB
This beautiful antique silver stem-winding pocket watch signed Le Roí on the dial is in good working condition and it is ticking well. Visible crack across the enamel dial as shown. ...
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Early 1900s Swiss Antique Swiss Pocket Watch

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Silver

Vacheron Constantin Yellow Gold Pocket Watch
By Vacheron Constantin
Located in Berlin, DE
High quality collector's pocket watch from Vacheron et Constantin Geneve. Including original case. Hallmarked, 18k Gold The clock works.
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Early 20th Century Swiss Antique Swiss Pocket Watch

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18k Gold, Yellow Gold

IWC International Watch Company Yellow Gold Art Deco Pocket Watch
By IWC
Located in Berlin, DE
Beautiful IWC Art Deco pocket watch in 14k gold. Diameter is without crown and eyelet.
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Early 20th Century Swiss Antique Swiss Pocket Watch

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14k Gold, Yellow Gold

Antique Silver Plated Key Winding Pocket Watch
Located in Carlisle, GB
This beautiful antique 49mm diameter key winding pocket watch is in good working condition and it is ticking well. Visible signs of ageing and wear with some scratches on the watch c...
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1880s Swiss Antique Swiss Pocket Watch

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Silver Plate

Victorian 14K Gold & Quartz Pocket Watch Chain
Located in Dallas, TX
Victorian 14K Gold & Quartz Pocket Watch Chain - Beautiful design gold bearing quartz chain. Circa 1900's. Measuring 12.5 inches in overall length, containing 6 rectangular panels wi...
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17th Century Swiss Antique Swiss Pocket Watch

Vintage 14K Yellow Gold Vogt Pocket Watch
Located in Mount Kisco, NY
Early 20th century, this Swiss made manual 51mm Vogt Pocket Watch was made as an export to Germany in fourteen karat 14K yellow gold. Assembled with an engine turned hunting case #11...
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Early 20th Century Swiss Antique Swiss Pocket Watch

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Yellow Gold, 14k Gold

Antique Victorian period Silver Key winding Pocket watch
Located in Carlisle, GB
This beautiful 40mm diameter key winding silver pocket watch is in good working condition and it is running well. Visible signs of ageing and wear with tiny and light marks on the wa...
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1880s Swiss Antique Swiss Pocket Watch

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Silver

Antique Silver Full Hunter Hand Winding Pocket Watch
Located in Carlisle, GB
This beautiful antique 51mm diameter hand winding silver pocket watch is in good working condition and it is ticking well. Minute hand and the loop(metal ring) are missing as shown. ...
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Early 1900s Swiss Antique Swiss Pocket Watch

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Silver, Enamel

Longines Nickel Silver Enamel Dial Chronograph Pocket Watch
By Longines
Located in Long Beach, CA
FACTORY / HOUSE: Longines Watch Company STYLE / REFERENCE: Open Faced / Pocket Watch METAL / MATERIAL: Nickel DIMENSIONS: Diameter 52mm CIRCA: 1915 MOVEMENT / CALIBER: Winding / 17...
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1910s Swiss Antique Swiss Pocket Watch

Minute Repeating Chronograph Pocket Watch by A. Lugrin
Located in New Orleans, LA
Crafted by Swiss watchmaker Alfred Lugrin, this exceptional minute repeating, triple-date chronograph is a specimen of precision timekeeping. Housed in a sleek 18K yellow gold hunter...
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19th Century Swiss Victorian Antique Swiss Pocket Watch

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18k Gold, Yellow Gold, Enamel, Steel

Antique Hand Winding Full Hunter Silver Pocket Watch
Located in Carlisle, GB
Silver (0.875) lever hunter pocket watch, the movement with balance cock inscribed 'PAT APP. FOR', compensated balance and regulator, the dial signed Marx & Co. with Arabic numerals,...
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1910s Swiss Antique Swiss Pocket Watch

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Silver

Vintage Patek Philippe Diamond Platinum Pocket Watch
By Patek Philippe
Located in Holland, PA
Platinum diamond vintage pocket watch by Patek Philippe. Works great, fully functional. Serial number 75738 dates this pocket watch to circa 1885. Details: Case Size: 41mm (14s) Weig...
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19th Century Swiss Antique Swiss Pocket Watch

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Diamond, Platinum

Antique Silver Half Hunter Stem, Winding Pocket Watch
Located in Carlisle, GB
This beautiful antique 50mm keyless hand-winding Silver pocket watch is in good working condition and it is ticking well. It is recently been serviced and keeps a good time. Visible ...
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1910s Swiss Antique Swiss Pocket Watch

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Silver, Enamel

18 Karat Gold Antique Quarter Repeater Pocket Watch
Located in Carlisle, GB
18K Gold Antique Pump up Quarter Repeater Pocket Watch. This beautiful pump up quarter repeater pocket watch is in good working condition and it is running well. Visible signs of a...
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1880s Swiss Antique Swiss Pocket Watch

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18k Gold, Gold

Antique 14kt. Rose Gold Mini Pocket Watch
Located in Braintree, GB
Antique 14kt. rose gold mini pocket watch, with 0.60 ct. rose-cut diamond at the centre and engraved with a monogram. Made in late 19th/early 20th century, Switzerland. Fully hall...
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Late 19th Century Swiss Antique Swiss Pocket Watch

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Diamond, Rose Gold

Antique Engine Turned Case Silver Key-Winding Pocket Watch
Located in Carlisle, GB
This beautiful antique 51mm diameter (excluding crown) Silver Pocket watch is in good working condition and it is ticking nicely. It is recently been serviced and it runs well. Visib...
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1880s Swiss Antique Swiss Pocket Watch

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Silver

Victorian Patek Philippe Gold Lapel Watch Pocket
By Patek Philippe
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Rare Patek Philippe lapel/pocket watch that would be definitely a conversational piece. It was created in Switzerland in the 1900s. Made of 18 karat (stamped) yellow gold. The moveme...
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Early 1900s Swiss Victorian Antique Swiss Pocket Watch

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Diamond, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Antique Silver Hand Winding Pin Setting Pocket Watch
Located in Carlisle, GB
This beautiful 46mm diameter ( excluding crown) antique hand winding silver pocket watch is in good working condition and it runs well(it keeps a good time). Visible signs of ageing ...
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1880s Swiss Antique Swiss Pocket Watch

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Silver, Enamel

Antique Small 9 Karat Gold Fob / Ladies Pocket Watch
Located in Carlisle, GB
This beautiful 33mm diameter antique gold watch is working and ticking well. Visible signs of ageing and wear with light and tiny scratches on the glass as shown. This watch weighed ...
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1880s Swiss Antique Swiss Pocket Watch

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Gold, 9k Gold, Enamel

Antique 18 Karat Gold Minute Repeater Chronograph Half Hunter Pocket Watch
By West End Watch Company
Located in Carlisle, GB
An 18kt Gold Minute Repeater and chronograph in half hunter cased. A white enamel dial with a very fine hairline split on the dial. Signed West End Watch Co. on its enamel dial with ...
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Early 1900s Swiss Antique Swiss Pocket Watch

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Gold, 18k Gold, Enamel

Antique Patek Philippe Yellow Gold Porcelain Dial Pocket Watch
By Patek Philippe
Located in Chicago, IL
Circa 1900 Patek Philippe Pocket Watch, 46 M.M. 18k Yellow Gold 3 Piece case with Hinged Front and Back covers and an inside Dust cover, Jeweled Nickle Lever stem set and wound movem...
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Early 1900s Swiss Antique Swiss Pocket Watch

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18k Gold

Antique 9K Gold Hand-Winding Ladies Fob / Pocket Watch
Located in Carlisle, GB
This beautiful 30mm diameter small gold Victorian period ladies pocket watch is in good working condition and it is running well( it keeps a good time). It weigh 20 grams.
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1880s Swiss Antique Swiss Pocket Watch

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9k Gold

Antique Small Gunmetal Hand-Winding Fob / Pocket Watch
Located in Carlisle, GB
This beautiful antique 32mm Diameter (excluding the crown) hand winding pocket watch is in good working condition and it is running well. Visible signs of ageing and wear with light ...
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1880s Swiss Antique Swiss Pocket Watch

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Enamel, Gilt Metal

Antique Big/ Goliath Schwob Freres Hand Winding Pocket Watch
Located in Carlisle, GB
This 61mm diameter hand-winding Antique Pocket Watch is in good working condition and it is ticking Well. It is recently been serviced and run smoothly. Visible signs of ageing and w...
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Early 1900s Swiss Antique Swiss Pocket Watch

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Base Metal

Antique Silver Engined Turn Cased Key Winding Pocket Watch
Located in Carlisle, GB
This beautiful and very fine 43mm diameter antique mechanical silver pocket watch is in good working condition and it is running well. Visible signs of ageing and wear with tiny and...
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1880s Swiss Antique Swiss Pocket Watch

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Silver

Perpetual Calendar Chronograph Pocket Watch by Redard & Co.
Located in New Orleans, LA
This stylish and complex perpetual calendar minute-repeating chronometer pocket watch was created by the Swiss firm of H. Redard & Co. Its 18K rose gold hunter's case features the or...
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Late 19th Century Swiss Victorian Antique Swiss Pocket Watch

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18k Gold, Rose Gold, Yellow Gold, Enamel

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Antique Swiss Pocket Watch For Sale on 1stDibs

On 1stDibs, you can find the most appropriate antique swiss pocket watch for your needs in our varied inventory. Frequently made of Gold, Silver and Enamel, this item was constructed with great care. Finding the perfect antique swiss pocket watch may mean sifting through those created during different time periods — you can find an early version that dates to the 18th Century and a newer variation that were made as recently as the 20th Century. Creating an antique swiss pocket watch has been a part of the legacy of many jewelers, but those produced by Angelus, Bucherer and Carl F. Bucherer are consistently popular. While most can agree that any antique swiss pocket watch from our collection can easily elevate most outfits, but the choice of a Ruby version from the 6 available is guaranteed to add a special touch to your ensemble. A bead version of this piece has appeal, but there are also old european cut and round cut versions for sale. When shopping for an antique swiss pocket watch, you’ll find that there are less available pieces for unisex or women today than there are for men.

How Much is a Antique Swiss Pocket Watch?

On average, an antique swiss pocket watch at 1stDibs sells for $2,226, while they’re typically $116 on the low end and $58,500 for the highest priced versions of this item.

Finding the Right Pocket Watches for You

Can you pull off a vintage pocket watch? Of course you can. With a suit and a waistcoat, a pocket watch can be a refreshing alternative to a wristwatch.

The earliest pocket watches were luxury items, and, owing to cost, they weren’t commonplace until the 19th century. Artfully crafted pocket watches were a symbol of wealth, and manufacturers such as Vacheron Constantin and Patek Philippe became known for theirs. (Today, they’re among the most sought after by collectors and enthusiasts.)

At the onset, pocket watches resembled small round table clocks, and pulling your small round table clock — perhaps of the silver variety — out of your breast pocket in front of someone else demonstrated unequivocally that you cared about punctuality. For collectors, pocket watches are big, and that means a larger canvas provided for functions without crowding the dial. For example, the Marius Lecoultre pocket watch — made circa 1890 — does everything but uncork your wine.

In the late 1800s, the open-face pocket watch became a staple on the American railroad. It was a requirement for railway workers to wear a pocket watch, as the timepieces were responsible for keeping conductors on schedule. This was a boon to the watchmaking industry, with companies like Elgin National Watch Company and the Waltham Watch Company producing high-grade and workingman’s watches.

By the 1930s, wristwatches comprised the bulk of watch manufacturing in America, superseding the pocket watch. Suddenly, if you wanted to know the time, you merely glanced at your wrist. But given their vintage charm and our general appetite for good design, pocket watches are a piece of statement-making jewelry and today can prove complementary to your formal attire in a manner that is stylish and unconventional.

Let time take its course — browse a vast selection of antique and vintage pocket watches available on 1stDibs designed by legendary brands such as IWC, Cartier and more.

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