Vintage & Antique Pocket Watches

Vintage and Antique Pocket WatchesWe have a collection of vintage and antique pocket watches from late 19th and early 20th centuries. They are ideal for either men or women. 14K yellow gold. All in working order and near mint condition. One year warranty.

Pocket watches were the most common type of watch from the 16th century until wristwatches became popular after World War I.  However,  during which a interim design called trench watches, were used by the military. Pocket watches generally have an attached chain to allow them to be secured to a waistcoatlapel, or belt loop, and to prevent them from being dropped.

The first timepieces to be worn, made in 16th-century Europe, were transitional in size between clocks and watches. These ‘clock-watches’ were fastened to clothing or worn on a chain around the neck. They were heavy drum shaped brass cylinders several inches in diameter, engraved and ornamented.

They had only an hour hand. The face was not covered with glass, but usually had a hinged brass cover, often decoratively pierced with grillwork so the time could be read without opening. The movement was made of iron or steel and held together with tapered pins and wedges, until screws began to be used after 1550. Many of the movements included striking or alarm mechanisms.

The shape later evolved into a rounded form; these were later called Nuremberg eggs.[3] Still later in the century there was a trend for unusually shaped watches, and clock-watches shaped like books, animals, fruit, stars, flowers, insects, crosses, and even skulls (Death’s head watches) were made.

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