Pocket Watches

Shop our fine collection of pre-owned pocket watches for sale. Our store features timepieces from brands like Patek Philippe, Audemars Piguet, Vacheron Constantin, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Breguet, Rolex, Blancpain, Ulysse Nardin, Omega, Longines, Tiffany. Chopard, Waltham, Elgin and more. 

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Vacheron Constantin pocket watch 54mm

Vacheron Constantin Pocket Watch
pocket watch 54mm

$4,900
Patek Philippe pocket watch 48mm 231780

Patek Philippe Pocket Watch
pocket watch 48mm

$4,900
Patek Philippe pocket watch 44mm

Patek Philippe Pocket Watch
pocket watch 44mm

$7,500
Movado pocket watch 42mm 7163

Movado Pocket Watch
pocket watch 42mm

$3,400
Tiffany & Co. pocket watch 44mm 1

Tiffany & Co. Pocket Watch
pocket watch 44mm

$2,900
Waltham pocket watch 55mm 1

Waltham Pocket Watch
pocket watch 55mm

$5,000
Swiss made pocket watch 52mm 38490

Swiss made Pocket Watch
pocket watch 52mm

$6,950
Swiss made pocket watch 50mm 1671

Swiss made Pocket Watch
pocket watch 50mm

$3,950
Tiffany & Co. pocket watch 35mm

Tiffany & Co. Pocket Watch
pocket watch 35mm

$5,950
Longines pocket watch 43mm

Longines Pocket Watch
pocket watch 43mm

$1,950
Rockford pocket watch 40mm

Rockford Pocket Watch
pocket watch 40mm

$475
Hamilton  Hunter Pocket Watch 51mm 993

Hamilton Pocket Watch
Hunter Pocket Watch 51mm

$2,800
Waltham pocket watch 50mm

Waltham Pocket Watch
pocket watch 50mm

$950
Elgin pocket watch 42mm

Elgin Pocket Watch
pocket watch 42mm

$750
Waltham pocket watch 50mm Vanguard

Waltham Pocket Watch
pocket watch 50mm

$650
Borel & Courvoiser pocket watch 51mm

Borel & Courvoiser Pocket Watch
pocket watch 51mm

$3,250
Elgin pocket watch

Elgin Pocket Watch
pocket watch

$500
Agassiz pocket watch 44mm 246181

Agassiz Pocket Watch
pocket watch 44mm

$2,750
Elgin pocket watch 36mm

Elgin Pocket Watch
pocket watch 36mm

$1,650
Hamilton pocket watch 44mm R3163

Hamilton Pocket Watch
pocket watch 44mm

$1,500
Waltham pocket watch 33mm

Waltham Pocket Watch
pocket watch 33mm

$2,000
Patek Philippe pocket watch 45mm 726

Patek Philippe Pocket Watch
pocket watch 45mm

$8,900
Omega pocket watch 47mm

Omega Pocket Watch
pocket watch 47mm

$4,500
Tiffany & Co. pocket watch 34mm

Tiffany & Co. Pocket Watch
pocket watch 34mm

$3,500
Agassiz pocket watch 51.5mm

Agassiz Pocket Watch
pocket watch 52mm

$4,950
Swiss made pocket watch 52mm

Swiss made Pocket Watch
pocket watch 52mm

$6,500
Waltham pocket watch 30mm

Waltham Pocket Watch
pocket watch 30mm

$990
Waltham Wadsworth 49mm 894292

Waltham Pocket Watch
Wadsworth 49mm

$4,500
Waltham pocket watch 35mm

Waltham Pocket Watch
pocket watch 35mm

$1,450
Patek Philippe pocket watch 42mm Pocket Watch

Patek Philippe Pocket Watch
pocket watch 42mm

$7,900
Waltham Hunt Case 53mm 1,472009

Waltham Pocket Watch
Hunt Case 53mm

$3,900
Rockford pocket watch 33mm

Rockford Pocket Watch
pocket watch 33mm

$1,650
Waltham pocket watch 34mm

Waltham Pocket Watch
pocket watch 34mm

$1,550
Sam Mercer Liverpool

Sam Mercer Pocket Watch
Liverpool

$3,300
Grandjean pocket watch 55mm 1833

Grandjean Pocket Watch
pocket watch 55mm

$4,200
Elgin pocket watch 34mm 563174

Elgin Pocket Watch
pocket watch 34mm

$1,400
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Pocket Watches

With their rich history, pocket watches have captivated horology enthusiasts for centuries. Originating in the 16th century, these portable marvels were a symbol of refinement and precision, embodying the craftsmanship of skilled watchmakers. Initially, pocket watches were only available to royalty and the exceedingly wealthy. However, technological and design advancements eventually made them more accessible.

The 19th century was the golden age for pocket watches, with renowned watchmaking houses producing intricate, beautifully embellished pieces. These timepieces were not just tools for timekeeping but also symbols of status, destined to be family heirlooms. The advent of the railroad in the 19th century also elevated the importance of accurate timekeeping, leading to the widespread adoption of pocket watches by train conductors and travelers.

Famous Pocket Watches Made by Renowned Watch Brands

The world's most renowned watchmakers like Patek Philippe, Audemars Piguet, Breguet, and Vacheron Constantin have crafted some of the most impressive pocket watches. Here are a few examples:

Breguet Marie-Antoinette Pocket Watch: The “Grande Complication” pocket watch, commissioned for Marie-Antoinette, was only completed in 1827, after the deaths of both the queen and Abraham-Louis Breguet. With nearly a dozen complications, it was the most complicated watch in the world for 77 years.

Patek Philippe Graves Supercomplication: Commissioned by New York banker Henry Graves Jr. in the 1920s, the Graves Supercomplication is a horological masterpiece with 24 complications. It sold for $24 million in 2014, making it the most expensive watch ever sold.

Vacheron Constantin 57260: In 2015, Vacheron Constantin unveiled the most complicated watch ever made – the reference 57260. Crafted from 18k white gold, it has 57 complications and weighs over two pounds.

Audemars Piguet Universelle: Created in 1899, the Universelle is one of the most complicated watches in the world. It features 1,168 components, including 316 screws, and provides 19 complications.

Brands like Breitling, Omega, Longines, and Heuer focused on building precise and easy-to-use pocket watches, often used in the military or for sports timekeeping. Omega, for example, has served as the Official Timekeeper of the Olympic Games since 1932.

Railroad pocket watches, often called "railway pocket watches," were crucial for ensuring accurate timekeeping during rail travel. Several American watch companies produced these watches, including Hamilton, Waltham, Ball, Elgin, and Illinois.

Collecting Pocket Watches Today

Despite the rise of wristwatches in the 20th century, pocket watches continue to charm collectors. Today, these vintage treasures are functional timekeepers and nostalgic reminders of a bygone era, celebrating the artistry and precision of luxury horology.

One benefit of collecting pocket watches is that they are typically less expensive than wristwatches. For instance, buying a Patek Philippe pocket watch is more affordable than buying a Patek Philippe wristwatch.

Used Pocket Watches for Sale

Interestingly, the first pocket watches were not carried in pockets but worn as a pendant around the neck. Early models were oval and lacked a protective glass case. A brass lid attached to the watch could be swiveled open to read the time.

Around 1675, the pocket watch became round and small enough to fit in a pocket. With King Charles II of England setting the trend, pocket watches became a highly sought-after accessory.

Think about how many pocket watches have been made over the years. These were popular for many decades, and many styles came and went. If you want to add this unique style to your wardrobe, consider one made in a previous era. Give this some serious thought because it's a great opportunity.

Don't think of it as used; instead, think of it as a chance to buy a watch with a story. You're buying a treasured antique that may have been carried by railroad executives, telegraphers, and adventurers from a bygone era. New pocket watches may be beautiful, but they lack this interesting history. Plus, you can save money this way.

Getting a Quality Vintage Pocket Watch

Our organization, founded in 1980, committed to quality whether selling new or used merchandise. We ensure each watch meets the highest standards by working with certified watchmakers who have experience with top luxury brands. Buying a used pocket timepiece here is like buying a new one.

Considering the materials used in certain older pieces, some collectors find them preferable. They appreciate antique watches for their materials and patterns popular when these pieces were made. Some of today's models might very well be thought of in the same way.

Buy Vintage and Antique Pocket Watches

Today, pocket watches are nostalgic relics, often inherited from previous generations. Whether you're an avid collector or simply appreciate well-made pocket watches, Gray & Sons has you covered. Our impressive collection features well-known brands in pristine condition. Buy a used pocket watch with confidence, knowing that you're getting an authentic piece of history.

Repair and Restore Used Pocket Watches

If you're looking for pocket watch repair, we can help. With six master watchmakers and jewelers, we have over 150 years of combined experience. We can restore priceless family heirlooms and even museum-quality objets d'art. We also accommodate those looking to sell their pocket watch and offer competitive prices.

Contact us online if you’re interested in adding fine pocket watches to your collection. Browse Gray & Sons’ selection of pre-owned pocket watches. Contact us to learn about the models we have in stock. We're always restoring pieces, so you never know what you'll find.