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Antique Georgian Memento Mori Pocket Watch Key, Ca. 1800
Located in Rotterdam, NL
An exceptional antique Georgian pocket watch key, made of pink gold. The pink gold key is decorated
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Antique Early 19th Century Dutch Georgian Pocket Watches

Materials

14k Gold

18kt Vintage Early 19th Century Gold Pocket Watch, Key Wind, Working, 40mm
Located in Rancho Santa Fe, CA
18kt Yellow Gold Vintage Early 19th Century Gold Pocket Watch. Key Wind and It's Working! 40mm Case
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Antique 1840s English Pocket Watches

Materials

Gold

Antique Gold Flintlock Revolver Pocket Watch Key Pendant
Located in Rotterdam, NL
An antique 18 karat yellow gold flintlock revolver pocket watch key pendant from the past. This
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Antique Early 19th Century Victorian Pendant Necklaces

Materials

18k Gold, Yellow Gold, Gold

Antique Gold Flintlock Revolver Pocket Watch Key Pendant
Antique Gold Flintlock Revolver Pocket Watch Key Pendant
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H 1.89 in W 0.28 in L 1.89 in
Victorian 18 Karat Gold Pocket Watch Key/Pendant, featuring Leda and the swan
Located in Braintree, GB
This exquisite Victorian pocket watch key/pendant is crafted from 18k yellow gold and adorned with
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Antique 1880s British Victorian Pocket Watches

Materials

Gold, 18k Gold

Georgian Gold and Coral Hand form Pocket Watch Key
Located in Chicago, IL
Circa 18 40 - 1850 Yellow Gold and Carved Coral Hand Pocket Watch Key, measuring 1 3/8 inches in
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Antique 1850s English Georgian Charm Bracelets

Materials

Coral, Gold

Victorian Gold Tone Carnelian Pocket Watch Key Fob Pendant
Located in Vilnius, LT
It is a lovely Victorian pocket watch key fob charm pendant crafted in base metal and adorned with
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Antique Late 19th Century French Victorian Pendant Necklaces

Materials

Carnelian, Gold Plate, Base Metal

Antique Victorian 14K Gold Pocket Watch Key Belcher Rolo Chain
Located in Rotterdam, NL
watch key is a magnificent jewel from ancient times. A variety of pocket watch chains were used by
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Antique Late 19th Century European Victorian Chain Necklaces

Materials

14k Gold

F. H. Clark & Co. Engraved Yellow Gold Pocket Watch
Located in Dallas, TX
F. H. Clark & Co. 18K Yellow Gold Pocket Watch - Key winding. 18K Yellow Gold Hunting case (56mm
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21st Century and Contemporary Pocket Watches

Materials

18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Antique Ladies 9k Gold Pocket Watch, Floral, Fob Watch
Located in NEWARK, GB
wind watch, it does come with an antique pocket watch key, this is base metal. An ideal choice for
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Early 20th Century British Edwardian Pocket Watches

Materials

9k Gold

Illinois Watch Co. Currier Gold Filled Pocket Watch
By Illinois Watch Company
Located in Dallas, TX
Illinois Watch Co. Currier Gold Filled Pocket Watch - Manual winding; Key wind, Key set. Gold filed
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Antique 19th Century American Pocket Watches

Antique Edwardian 1903 14k Gold Filled Pocket Watch
By American Waltham Watch Co.
Located in London, GB
watch is in excellent antique condition. Please note with all of our pocket watches we sell them as 'not
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Antique Early 1900s American Edwardian Pocket Watches

Materials

14k Gold, Gold-filled

Antique Edwardian 1903 14k Gold Filled Pocket Watch
Antique Edwardian 1903 14k Gold Filled Pocket Watch
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H 1.38 in W 0.4 in Dm 1.38 in
Rare Antique Pocket Key Watch French 1800s with Painted Enamel Dial
Located in London, GB
Rare Antique Pocket Key Watch French 1800s with Painted Enamel Dial in Working Order An
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Antique Early 19th Century French Empire Pocket Watches

Materials

Silver, Enamel

Carl Neumann of Berlin Silver Key-Wind Pocket Watch Intricate Movement
Located in Sherman Oaks, CA
Gorgeous Antique Pocket Watch by Carl Neumann of Berlin Key-Wind Movement Intricate Filigree Detail
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Antique 19th Century German High Victorian Pocket Watches

Materials

Silver

Verge Crown Wheel Key Winding 18K Yellow Gold Ornate Pocket Watch
Located in Washington Depot, CT
Verge Crown Wheel Key Winding 18K Yellow Gold Ornate Pocket Watch Approx. 48 mm in diameter, 18 mm
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Antique Mid-19th Century English Pocket Watches

Materials

18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Courvoisier Geneve Yellow Gold Enamel Key Wound Open Face Pocket Watch
Located in Firenze, IT
SHIPPING POLICY: No additional costs will be added to this order. Shipping costs will be totally covered by the seller (customs duties included). 18Kt yellow gold case. No. 2381. C...
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Antique 1830s Swiss Neoclassical Pocket Watches

Materials

18k Gold, Yellow Gold, Enamel

Waltham 1886 Riverside Size 0s Hunting Pocket Watch In 18Kt Gold With Diamond
By American Waltham Watch Co.
Located in Miami, FL
Pocket watch designed by Waltham. Beautiful hunting pocket watch, created in Massachusetts United
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Antique 1880s American Victorian Pocket Watches

Materials

Diamond, White Diamond, Gold, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Waltham 1886 Riverside Size 0s Hunting Pocket Watch In 18Kt Gold With Diamond
Waltham 1886 Riverside Size 0s Hunting Pocket Watch In 18Kt Gold With Diamond
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H 2 in W 1.03 in D 0.44 in Dm 1.03 in L 2 in
18th-century Lépine Verge movement key wind 18kt gold, a silver pocket watch
Located in Braintree, GB
Antique Late 18th-century Lépine Verge movement key wind 18kt gold, a silver pocket watch with a
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Antique 1750s French Pocket Watches

Materials

Gold, Silver

Thomas Cooper London Key Operated 18 Karat Yellow Gold Pocket Watch 13 Jewels
Located in Sherman Oaks, CA
Beautiful Antique Thomas Cooper of London Pocket Watch w/ Amazing Machine-Etched Dial Dial has
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Early 20th Century Pocket Watches

Materials

18k Gold

Antique Fine Silver Pocket Watch, Fob Watch
Located in NEWARK, GB
A beautiful antique, early 20th century fine silver, ladies fob watch or pocket watch. It has a
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Early 20th Century Swiss Art Deco Pocket Watches

Materials

Silver

Grande Sonnerie Pocket Watch by Montandon
Located in New Orleans, LA
This rare grande sonnerie quarter-hour repeating pocket watch crafted by Swiss firm Montandon is an
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20th Century Swiss Pocket Watches

Materials

18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Waltham Open Faced Pocket Watch Circa 1886
By Waltham
Located in ADELAIDE, SA
One key-wound 10k gold Waltham open-faced pocket watch with a white dial, black Roman numerals and
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Antique 1880s American Victorian Pocket Watches

Materials

10k Gold

Breitling Laederich Antique Pocket Watch 18k Gold Enamel
By Breitling
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
An amazing Breitling Laederich antique pocket watch, circa late 1800s. The watch is made of 18k
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Antique 1870s Swiss Pocket Watches

Materials

Gold, 18k Gold, Enamel

Paris Antique Gold Pearl Enamel Diamond Pocket Watch
Located in New York, NY
Antique Paris 18k gold pocket watch, featuring blue enamel decorated case, set with pearls and rose
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Antique 19th Century French Pocket Watches

Materials

Diamond, Pearl, Gold, Enamel

Rockford Watch Co. Gold Filled Case Rare Anti Magnetic Case and Dial, circa 1870
By Rockford Watch Company
Located in Long Beach, CA
months on the movement. LIFETIME SERVICE COMMITMENT This is one of the rarest American pocket watches I
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Antique 1870s American Civil War Pocket Watches

Patek Philippe Open Face 18K Yellow Gold Pocket Watch
By Patek Philippe
Located in Dallas, TX
Patek Philippe Open Face 18K Yellow Gold Pocket Watch - Manual winding. 18K Yellow Gold ( 48 mm
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20th Century Swiss Pocket Watches

XIX Century Open-Face Gold Pocket Watch R. Stewart
Located in Bilbao, ES
XIX Century Open-face Gold Pocket Watch R. STEWART, Argyle & Buchanan Sts., Glasgow, #16044
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Antique Late 19th Century Scottish Pocket Watches

Materials

Ruby, Gold

Vintage Patek Philippe Pocket Watch Pendant Platinum Estate Jewelry
By Patek Philippe
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
A Patek Philippe open face square pocket watch with a platinum case. The dial has black Roman
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Vintage 1920s Swiss Art Deco Pocket Watches

Materials

Platinum

Antique Regency Sterling silver full hunter pocket watch, Fusee movement
Located in NEWARK, GB
A magnificent Regency era sterling silver full hunter pocket watch. It is large substantial pocket
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Antique Early 19th Century British Regency Pocket Watches

Materials

Diamond, Sterling Silver

Hunter Pocket Watch, Elaborately Painted Enamel, The Dial Marked Omega
Located in London, GB
banding design around the face of the watch is symbolic of OMEGA pocket watches of that period. The gold
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Antique Early 19th Century Unknown Renaissance Pocket Watches

Materials

Pearl, Enamel

Julien 18 Karat Yellow Gold Keywinding Pocket Watch, circa 1840s
Located in Long Beach, CA
FACTORY / HOUSE: Julien, Geneve STYLE / REFERENCE: Open Faced Pocket Watch METAL / MATERIAL: 18Kt
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Antique 1840s Swiss Baroque Pocket Watches

Bautte & Co. 18 Karat Yellow Gold Keywind Pendant Pocket Watch
Located in Long Beach, CA
fired enamel, done in a furnace at 1600 degrees Fahrenheit. The watch comes with a key and you can still
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Antique Mid-19th Century Unknown Pocket Watches

XIX Century Open-Face Brittish Gold Pocket Watch F. Brooman
Located in Bilbao, ES
Great "open-face" Brittish pocket watch F. BROOMAN, Strand, London, N#614. Solid gold case, gold
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Antique Late 19th Century Pocket Watches

Materials

Ruby, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold, Gold

Victorian French 2 Carat Rose Cut Diamond Star Pocket Watch
Located in Narberth, PA
An absolutely exquisite diamond pocket watch from the Victorian (1880s) era! French in origin, this
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Antique 1880s French Victorian Pocket Watches

Materials

Diamond, 18k Gold, Sterling Silver

Victorian French 2 Carat Rose Cut Diamond Star Pocket Watch
Victorian French 2 Carat Rose Cut Diamond Star Pocket Watch
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H 1.25 in D 0.5 in Dm 0.34 in
Civil War MJ Tobias Silver Pocket Watch Picturing Major General
Located in Stamford, CT
MJ Tobias silver key-wind pocket watch with a porcelain dial featuring a picture of Major General
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Antique Late 19th Century English Victorian Pocket Watches

Materials

Sterling Silver

Gorini & Cie. 18 Karat Yellow Gold Keywind Pocket Watch, circa 1840s
Located in Long Beach, CA
FACTORY / HOUSE: Gorini & Cie. Paris STYLE / REFERENCE: Open Faced Key Winding Pocket Watch METAL
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Antique 1850s French Baroque Pocket Watches

Arnold & Charles Frodsham Rare Yellow Gold Keyless Fusee Lever Pocket Watch
Located in London, GB
Arnold & Charles Frodsham Rare 18ct Yellow Gold Keyless Fusee Lever Enamel Half Hunter Pocket Watch
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20th Century British Pocket Watches

Materials

Gold, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Penlington 18Kt. Solid Gold Keywinding Pocket Watch 1850's Breguet Style
Located in Long Beach, CA
FACTORY / HOUSE: Penlington London STYLE / REFERENCE: Open Faced Pocket Watch METAL / MATERIAL
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Antique 1850s Swiss Pocket Watches

Antoine Lepine Rose Gold Ruby Cylinder French Pocket Watch, circa 1780s
Located in Long Beach, CA
FACTORY / HOUSE: Lepine STYLE / REFERENCE: Oversized Open Faced Pocket Watch METAL / MATERIAL
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Antique 18th Century Pocket Watches

Honnore Lieutaud of Marseille Georgian 18 Karat Gold Diamond Pocket Watch
Located in Narberth, PA
A rare and exquisite mixed metals diamond pocket watch made by Honnoré Lieutaud of Marseille
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Antique 1780s French Georgian Pocket Watches

Materials

Diamond, Rose Gold, Yellow Gold, 18k Gold, Gold

Antique 925 Silver OpenFace 48mm Pocket Watch, signed R. Seale, Clonmel, c1882
Located in MELBOURNE, AU
decoration The pocket watch is opening to reveal Key Wound Movement, signed "R. Seale" & numbered 44360
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Antique 1880s Irish Late Victorian Pocket Watches

Materials

Silver

18 kt. Pink Gold Pocket Watch Michelez student Breguet Paris, Quarter Repetition
Located in Antwerp, BE
18 kt. Michelez Student of Breguet From Paris Pink Gold Pocket Watch in Nice Working Condition,made
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Antique 19th Century French Artisan Pocket Watches

Materials

Gold

James Murray Royal Exchange 18 Karat Yellow Gold Open Face Pocket Watch
Located in Sherman Oaks, CA
Gorgeous Pocket Watch by James Murray Royal Exchange Key-Operated Movement (NOTE: Key is missing
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Antique Mid-19th Century British High Victorian Pocket Watches

Materials

18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Jean-Antoine Lepine Rose Gold Ruby Cylinder French Pocket Watch, circa 1780
Located in Long Beach, CA
FACTORY / HOUSE: Lepine STYLE / REFERENCE: Oversized Open Faced Pocket Watch METAL / MATERIAL
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Antique Late 18th Century French Pocket Watches

Materials

Rose Gold

18 Kt Yellow Gold Lepine Pocket Watch, Second Morte, Double Barrel, Collector
Located in Antwerp, BE
18 Kt Solid Yellow Gold Lépine pocket watch Second Morte & Double Winding Barrel, Chronograph in
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Antique 19th Century French Artisan Pocket Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold

Antique Peter Desmarais St. Martins Court Leister Square Rose Gold Pocket Watch
Located in London, GB
pocket watch, London, C1803. Dial: A beautiful original fully signed and numbered white enamel dial
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Antique Early 19th Century English Pocket Watches

Materials

18k Gold, Rose Gold

Antique Open Face Musical Quarter Repeater 18 Karat Yellow Gold Pocket Watch
Located in London, GB
A antique 1820s 58 mm 18k Yellow Gold Open Face Musical Quarter Repeater Gents Pocket Watch
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Antique 19th Century Pocket Watches

Materials

18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Evans Shrewsbury 1763-1856 Sterling Pair Cases Fusee Demi Hunter Pocket Watch
Located in Miami, FL
A hunter pocket watch made by Rich Evans Shrewsbury and Robert Causer. Very fine half hunter pair
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Antique Late 18th Century English Early Victorian Pocket Watches

Materials

Silver, Sterling Silver

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
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Antique Late 19th Century Pocket Watches

Materials

Ruby, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Vintage Patek Philippe 14k Gold Travel Clock Pendant Pocket Watch Estate Jewelry
By Patek Philippe
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
A rare Patek Philippe 14k gold travel clock pendant pocket watch. The watch is circa 1920s and
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Vintage 1920s Swiss Art Deco Pocket Watches

Materials

14k Gold, White Gold, Yellow Gold

18 Carat Gold Pair-Cased Pocket Watch with Tri-Coloured Face Chester 1822
Located in London, GB
18ct Gold Pair-cased Pocket Watch With Tri-coloured Face Chester 1822 The case is made by Thomas
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Antique 1820s English George IV Pocket Watches

Materials

18k Gold

Rob Crook 18 Karat Yellow Gold Open Faced Keywind Pocket Watch, circa 1845
Located in Long Beach, CA
FACTORY / HOUSE: Rob Crook STYLE / REFERENCE: Open Face / Pocket Watch Keywind METAL / MATERIAL
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Antique Mid-18th Century Unknown Greek Revival Pocket Watches

Moricand & Degrange 18Kt. Yellow Gold and Enamel Open Faced Pocket Watch 1840's
Located in Long Beach, CA
FACTORY / HOUSE: Moricand & Degrance, Geneve STYLE / REFERENCE: Open Faced Pocket Watch METAL
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Antique 1830s Swiss Pocket Watches

Elgin 52mm 1906 Pocket Watch, 17 Jewel Serviced 90-Day Warranty, Serial 12195791
By Elgin
Located in Rancho Santa Fe, CA
This 1906 53mm Elgin pocket watch with a white face is a stunning timepiece crafted with precision
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Antique Early 1900s North American Modern Pocket Watches

Fusee Chain Drive 1800's John Moncas 18k Tri Color Gold Dial Pocket Watch
Located in Stamford, CT
Open face John Moncas Liverpool 18k gold pocket watch. circa 1810-1840 with solid gold tri color
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Antique Early 19th Century Pocket Watches

Materials

Gold, 18k Gold, Rose Gold, White Gold, Yellow Gold

Bonnet 18kt. Solid Gold Open Faced Pocket Watch with Engine Turned Dial 1850's
Located in Long Beach, CA
FACTORY / HOUSE: Bonnet STYLE / REFERENCE: Open Faced Pocket Watch METAL / MATERIAL: 18Kt. Yellow
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Antique 1850s Swiss Pocket Watches

Carnelian Watch Fob Set
Located in New York, NY
Striking antique watch fob set distinctly designed in a mixture of 14 karat yellow and rose gold
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Antique Late 19th Century English Victorian Pocket Watches

Materials

Carnelian, 14k Gold

Carnelian Watch Fob Set
Carnelian Watch Fob Set
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Yellow Gold Watch Russian 56 Gold Chain, 1900
Located in Herzelia, Tel Aviv
wearing a pocket watch, including a hinge for the key. The art of wearing this item is long gone, but at
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Early 20th Century Russian Art Deco Pocket Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold

Sam Mercer Liverpool 18k Yellow Gold Mm Manual Watch
Located in Surfside, FL
Sam Mercer Liverpool hunter case pocket watch in 18k yellow gold. 18k gold hand engraved dial. Key
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20th Century Pocket Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold

Charles Oudin Silver Chatelain Cartouche Bezel Pendant Watch
Located in Long Beach, CA
FACTORY / HOUSE: Charles Oudin / France STYLE / REFERENCE: Chatelain Hanging Pendant Watch METAL
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Antique 1820s French Pocket Watches

Fattorini & Sons Silver Keywind with Original Kiln Fired Enamel Dial from 1880's
Located in Long Beach, CA
and a pocket watch chain so you can wear it as soon as it arrives. The watch is entirely hand made and
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Antique 1880s Swiss Art Deco Pocket Watches

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Pocket Watch Key For Sale on 1stDibs

Surely you’ll find the exact pocket watch key you’re seeking on 1stDibs — we’ve got a vast assortment for sale. Frequently made of Silver, Enamel and Gold, this item was constructed with great care. Making the right choice when shopping for a pocket watch key may mean carefully reviewing examples of this item dating from different eras — you can find an early iteration of this piece from the 19th Century and a newer version made as recently as the 20th Century, both of which have proven very popular over the years. Creating a pocket watch key has been a part of the legacy of many jewelers, but those produced by Baume, Breguet and Omega are consistently popular. A pocket watch key can make for a versatile accessory, but a selection from our variety of 1 Agate versions can add an especially stylish touch. Most of our pocket watch key for sale are for women, but there are 78 pieces available to browse for men.

How Much is a Pocket Watch Key?

The price for a pocket watch key starts at $121 and tops out at $35,000 with these watches, on average, selling for $539.

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.

Questions About Pocket Watch Key
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    A key-wind pocket watch is a type of portable timepiece produced from the early 19th century through the middle of the 19th century. It features a mechanism that requires regular winding with a device called a winding key. Shop a range of key-wind pocket watches on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    How old key-wind pocket watches are varies greatly. Watchmakers used key-wind mechanisms in pocket watches starting in the 16th century and continued the practice until the mid 19th century. You can find a collection of key-wind pocket watches on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertOctober 19, 2021
    A watch key is utilized to wind the watch and set the time in pocket watches. This is generally done by opening the watch back and positioning the key over the winding-arbor and turning the hands. Shop a range of antique and vintage pocket watches on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    A pocket watch pocket is called by a number of names. You will sometimes see people refer to it simply as a watch pocket. Other names include a coin pocket or a fob pocket. Find a variety of antique pocket watches on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertOctober 19, 2021
    A fusee pocket watch — named for the French word fusée — is an antique type of watch with a crescent pulley and a curved groove around it that is wound with a cord or chain. The chain is attached to the mainspring barrel. Find a range of vintage fusee pocket watches on 1stDibs today.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    A pocket watch fob refers to the chain or ribbon to which a pocket watch is attached. Its purpose was to make the watch more readily accessible to the wearer. You’ll find a variety of pocket watch fobs from some of the world’s top sellers on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    How you store pocket watches is largely a matter of personal preference. Generally, you should keep them in a storage container designed specifically for stowing delicate items, such as a velvet-lined jewelry box, a watch box or on a watch stand. Shop a variety of antique and vintage pocket watches on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertNovember 2, 2021
    The best pocket watch is a matter of preference. 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. Brands like Patek Philippe, Vacheron Constantin, and Audemars Piguet are internationally renowned makers of pocket watches. On 1stDibs, find a variety of antique and vintage pocket watches.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Yes, pocket watches peaked in popularity in the 1800s. The first pocket watch was created in Germany in 1510, but was originally too large for a pocket. In the 1600s, the design began to get more compact, but for a long time pocket watches were a rarity and a symbol of wealth. Shop an array of antique pocket watches on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertAugust 17, 2021
    A hunter pocket watch is a pocket watch with a metal case that has a spring hinged lid to cover the watch face and protect it from damage.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    The way to speed up your pocket watch depends on the specific model of timepiece that you have. To avoid damage, take it to a watch repair shop with experience repairing pocket watches to make adjustments. You'll find a selection of pocket watches on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertOctober 19, 2021
    Like its hunter-case cousin, the half-hunter pocket watch features a protective lid or case that protects the face of the watch. The distinction is that the case front has a viewing window that allows the owner to check the time without having to open the pocket watch lid. The hours are frequently inscribed in blue enamel on the exterior lid itself, making it possible to tell the time without opening the case. Shop a range of vintage half-hunter pocket watches on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertOctober 12, 2021
    Full hunter pocket watches are a popular choice for those nostalgic for timepieces of years past. The solid outer case of this type of watch, which often features intricate designs, needs to be opened in order to reveal the watch’s face. On 1stDibs, find a variety of antique and vintage watches.
  • 1stDibs ExpertOctober 12, 2021
    A minute repeater pocket watch comes with a repeater that chimes the time by pushing a button. They come with three different chimes; the hours have a low chime, minute by a high chime, and quarter hours by a sequence of two chimes. Shop a range of antique and vintage pocket watches on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    How to open a Howard pocket watch depends on its design. However, experts recommend that you don't attempt to open one yourself. Instead, take the piece to a watch repair center that has experience servicing pocket watches. Doing so will help you avoid damaging the timepiece. On 1stDibs, find a collection of Howard pocket watches.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    A pocket watch chain is called a fob, or watch fob. They can be made in a variety of materials, but most often appear in a metal that matches the case of the watch itself. Shop a collection of antique watch fobs from some of the world’s top sellers on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Rolex made pocket watches from 1905 through to the 1970s. The last pocket watch released was a small, ultra-formal 18 karat piece. Own a piece of history by shopping a selection of Rolex pocket watches from some of the world’s top sellers on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    The best way to determine the year of a pocket watch is to identify and look up the serial number. Pocket watch serial numbers can be located inside the watch once you remove or open the back cover of the watch. Shop a wide range of pocket watches on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    To open a Hamilton pocket watch, take it to a reputable watch repair shop. Experts advise against opening antique pocket watches on your own because special tools are necessary to avoid damaging the timepieces. On 1stDibs, shop a collection of Hamilton pocket watches.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    To know if your pocket watch is valuable, consult a licensed appraiser. Choose one with experience appraising antique and vintage timepieces. Having your pocket watch evaluated by a knowledgeable professional is the only way to be certain of its value. On 1stDibs, find a collection of antique and vintage pocket watches.

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