It was in the early 16th century that the first pocket watch was made. A master locksmith in the narrow lanes of Nuremberg experimented a lot before he was able to perfect the first pocket watch prototype. Pete Henlein was his name, a German inventor and master craftsman, and the success behind his invention comes from his creation of a mainspring- a thin metal wire coiled very tightly inside a capsule to store and slowly release power over time. This groundbreaking timekeeping device would soon become a rage all over Europe, and in no time at all, everyone in the world wanted to buy a pocket watch.
Interestingly, the first pocket watches were never carried around in the pockets of the wearer. They were hung as a pendant in an elegant chain around the neck. The early models of pocket watches were oval in shape and did not have a protective glass case. There was an attached brass lid that could be swiveled open to read the time. It was around 1675 that the pocket watch witnessed a transformation – it became round in shape and the size was small enough to fit snugly in a coat or tunic pocket. With royalty setting the trend (King Charles II of England was the trail blazer) pocket watches became a highly sought after accessory among the affluent and elite members of the community.
Today, pocket watches serve as a relic of nostalgia, usually inherited from the generations of the past. Whether you are an avid collector, or simply want to appreciate a well-made pocket watch, Gray & Sons has got you covered. Our impressive collection features many well-known brands, in pristine condition. Buy a used pocket watch with confidence knowing that you are getting an authentic nugget of history. If you are not looking to buy, but rather looking for a pocket watch repair facility, we can help you out with that as well. With 6 master watchmakers and jewelers with over 150 years of combined experience on premise, we assure nothing but top quality. We also accommodate those looking to sell their pocket watch and offer some of the most competitive prices in the industry.Our Guarantee REPAIR Your Pocket Watch SELL Your Pocket Watch What Our Customers Are Saying Receive Our Catalog!