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Gruen Verithin Pocket Watch

Gruen VeriThin 14 Karat Yellow Gold Art Deco Pocket Watch, circa 1920s
By Gruen
Located in Long Beach, CA
FACTORY / HOUSE: Gruen Watch Company STYLE / REFERENCE: Open Faced / Art Deco Pocket Watch METAL
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Vintage 1920s Swiss Art Deco Pocket Watches

Materials

14k Gold, Yellow Gold

Gruen Open Face Veri-Thin 10 Karat Gold Filled Pocket Watch 15 Jewels
Located in Stamford, CT
Gruen Open Face Veri-Thin 10 Karat Gold Filled Pocket Watch 15 Jewels. Working. Just serviced
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Mid-20th Century American Art Deco Pocket Watches

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Early 20th Century American Pocket Watches

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Waltham American Riverside Pocket Watch with Fob and Charms
By American Waltham Watch Co.
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Antique 1880s American Pocket Watches

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18kt Vintage Early 19th Century Gold Pocket Watch, Key Wind, Working, 40mm
Located in Rancho Santa Fe, CA
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Antique 1840s English Pocket Watches

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Breguet Paris Closed Face Pocket Watch
By Breguet
Located in Stamford, CT
Breguet Paris Closed Face Pocket Watch. Case in fair condition. Watch not working.
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Antique 1890s French Pocket Watches

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Patek Philippe 18 Karat Gold Pomp and Enamel Pocket Watch
By Patek Philippe
Located in Berlin, DE
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20th Century Pocket Watches

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Gold, Enamel, 18k Gold

Waltham Octagon Antique 14 Karat Open Face Pocket Watch Gr 225 17 Jewel
By American Waltham Watch Co.
Located in Sherman Oaks, CA
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Antique Early 19th Century American Pocket Watches

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Wartime Era Hamilton Railroad Grade US Military Steel Pocket Watch
By Hamilton
Located in Mount Kisco, NY
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Vintage 1940s American Pocket Watches

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Elgin Open-Face 14 Karat Gold Antique Pocket Watch Gr 364 12S 15J 1910
By Elgin
Located in Sherman Oaks, CA
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Early 20th Century American Pocket Watches

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Patek Philippe for Tiffany & Company Platinum Gents Pocket Watch
By Patek Philippe
Located in Chicago, IL
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Vintage 1930s Swiss Art Deco Pocket Watches

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Hamilton Open Face Gold Filled Antique Pocket Watch Grade 992E 21 Jewel
By Hamilton
Located in Sherman Oaks, CA
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Early 20th Century American Pocket Watches

Waltham 5024935 Pocket Watch 14k Yellow Gold White Dial Case
By Waltham
Located in Surfside, FL
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Patek Philippe Yellow Gold Vintage Pocket Watch
By Patek Philippe
Located in Chicago, IL
Circa 1920s Patek Philippe Pocket Watch, 45 M.M. X 9 M.M. thick 18K Yellow Gold 3 piece hinged case with Gold inside Dust cover. 18 Jewel mechanical, Manual wind nickle lever movemen...
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Vintage 1920s Swiss Pocket Watches

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18k Gold

Antique Union Horlogere 14 Karat Gold Pocket Watch, Alpina, Glashütte
Located in Berlin, DE
Union Horlogere 14 Karat Gold Pocket Watch. Pocket watch can be wound and works. Including certificate of authenticity.
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20th Century Pocket Watches

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Elgin Open Face 14 Karat Yellow Gold Antique Pocket Watch Gr 315 12s 15 Jewel
By Elgin
Located in Sherman Oaks, CA
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Early 20th Century American Pocket Watches

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Audemars Piquet Swiss Platinum Display Back Pocket Watch for Tiffany & Co
By Audemars Piguet
Located in Mount Kisco, NY
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Audemars Freres Full Hunter Minute Repeater Chronograph Rose Gold Pocket Watch
By Audemars Piguet
Located in London, GB
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20th Century Swiss Pocket Watches

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1934 White Gold Filled Gruen Pentagon Verithin Pocket Watch
By Gruen
Located in Birmingham, AL
This beautiful Gruen watch features a 14k white gold filled case with Art Deco engraving and a back
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Vintage 1930s Swiss Art Deco Pocket Watches

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Gold-filled

Gruen White and Yellow Gold Verithin Pocket Manual Wind Wristwatch
Located in Long Beach, CA
FACTORY / HOUSE: Gruen Watch Company STYLE / REFERENCE: Art Deco / Pocket Wrist Watch METAL
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Vintage 1930s Swiss Art Deco Wrist Watches

Vintage Early 1900s Gruen Verithin Pocket Watch, Yellow Gold Filled, Working
By Gruen
Located in Rancho Santa Fe, CA
Vintage Early 1900's Gruen Verithin Pocket Watch, Yellow Gold Filled, Working, 5 Positions Adjusted
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Antique Early 1900s American Art Deco Pocket Watches

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Gold-filled, Yellow Gold

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A Close Look at Art Deco Jewelry

Fascination with the Jazz Age is endless, and even today jewelry designers continue to be inspired by authentic Art Deco jewelry and watches.

The Art Deco period, encompassing the 1920s and ’30s, ushered in a very distinct look in the design of jewelry. There were many influences on the jewelry of the era that actually began to take shape prior to the 1920s. In 1909, Serge Diaghilev brought the Ballet Russes to Paris, and women went wild for the company’s exotic and vibrant costumes It’s no wonder, then, that jade, lapis lazuli, coral, turquoise and other bright gemstones became all the rage. There already existed a fascination with the East, particularly China and Japan, and motifs consisting of fans and masks started to show up in Art Deco jewelry.

However, the event that had the greatest influence on Deco was the excavation of the tomb of King Tut in 1922. When the world saw what was hidden in Tut’s burial chamber, it sent just about everyone into a frenzy. Pierre Cartier wrote in 1923 that “the discovery of the tomb will bring some sweeping changes in fashion jewelry.” And he couldn’t have been more right. “Egyptomania” left an indelible mark on all of the major jewelry houses, from Cartier to Van Cleef & Arpels, Boucheron and Georges Fouquet. (Cartier created some of the most iconic jewelry designs that defined this era.)

While a lot of Art Deco jewelry was black and white — the black coming from the use of onyx or black enamel and the white from rock crystal and diamonds — there is plenty of color in jewelry of the era. A perfect accent to diamonds in platinum settings were blue sapphires, emeralds and rubies, and these stones were also used in combination with each other.

Many designers employed coral, jade and lapis lazuli, too. In fact, some of the most important avant-garde jewelers of the period, like Jean Després and Jean Fouquet (son of Georges), would combine white gold with ebony and malachite for a jolt of color.

A lot of the jewelry produced during this time nodded to current fashion trends, and women often accessorized their accessories. The cloche hat was often accented with geometric diamond brooches or double-clip brooches. Backless evening dresses looked fabulous with sautoir necklaces, and long pearl necklaces that ended with tassels, popular during the Edwardian period, were favored by women everywhere, including Coco Chanel.

Find unique Art Deco necklaces, earrings, bracelets and other jewelry on 1stDibs.

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 Hamilton, the 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.