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Marine Chronometer Very good 122mm Manual winding
James McCabe Brass Marine Chronometer Eight Days Clock
NZ$ 24,501
Free shipping
Professional dealer
743
UK
Lemania Very good Yellow gold 53mm Manual winding
TOP
Lemania Armand Schwob&Frére Pocket Watch Erotic
NZ$ 10,116
Private Seller
 
ES
Hamilton Good Gold/Steel
Hamilton Electric Titan
NZ$ 989
Professional dealer
11
CA
A. Lange & Söhne Very good Red gold 56mm Manual winding
A. Lange & Söhne Ankerchronometer 56mm 150g Zertifikat
NZ$ 22,258
Free shipping
Professional dealer
533
DE
Vintage 19th Century Solid Gold Pocket Watch, Working, Avance Retard Movement Very good Gold/Steel 44mm Manual winding
Vintage 19th Century Solid Gold Pocket Watch, Working, Avanc...
NZ$ 2,777
Professional dealer
 
US
Piaget Very good 40mm Manual winding
Piaget J. Piaget & Sons 18kt Gold Full Case Pocketwatch,...
NZ$ 4,151
Professional dealer
775
US
Omega 4489066 Good Yellow gold 46mm Manual winding
Omega Vintage 14K
NZ$ 2,951
Professional dealer
8
NL
Jaeger-LeCoultre Very good Yellow gold 55mm Manual winding
Jaeger-LeCoultre rare, 134,5g heavy LeCoultre Minute Repeater...
NZ$ 13,994
Professional dealer
166
DE
Glashütte Original Julius Assmann Very good Yellow gold 48.5mm Manual winding
Glashütte Original J. Assmann Lépine 14K (0,585) Gelbgold...
NZ$ 4,974
Professional dealer
4107
DE
Depose R.U. Fair 80mm Manual winding
Depose R.U. Desk Clock Brass & Gunmetal Swiss Full Calendar
NZ$ 1,862
Free shipping
Professional dealer
743
UK
A. Lange & Söhne Saxonia 76215 Very good Silver 58mm Manual winding
TOP
A. Lange & Söhne Taschenuhr
NZ$ 3,204
Private Seller
 
DE
Waltham Waltham Very good Yellow gold 52mm Manual winding
Waltham Pocket watch 14K
NZ$ 6,728
Professional dealer
53
DE
A. Lange & Söhne Langematik 30888 Very good Rose gold 37mm Manual winding
TOP
A. Lange & Söhne Antik Glasboden
NZ$ 8,263
Private Seller
 
DE
Union Glashütte Very good Red gold 60mm Manual winding
Union Glashütte 1A Viertelrepetition Quarter Repeater
NZ$ 45,865
Free shipping
Professional dealer
533
DE
Good Gold/Steel 40mm Manual winding
Vintage Early 19th Century Johnson Liverpool Gold Pocket Wat...
NZ$ 3,221
Professional dealer
 
US
Very good Gold/Steel Manual winding
Empire französische Bronze Pendule
NZ$ 6,575
Professional dealer
253
DE
Longines 3147779 Fair Yellow gold 4,7mm Manual winding
TOP
Longines De oro
NZ$ 1,180
Private Seller
 
ES
Vacheron Constantin ref11411 Good Rose gold Manual winding
Vacheron Constantin Jumping hour pocket watch
NZ$ 5,969,684
Private Seller
KR
Patek Philippe AMPR-SCI Very good Yellow gold 45mm Manual winding
TOP
Patek Philippe 99368 Remontoir YG 18K, 20 LINES, Original Box...
NZ$ 11,652
Private Seller
 
ES
Very good Yellow gold 56mm Manual winding
Unbranded Full Hunter Quarter Repeater Chronograph Art Nouveau...
NZ$ 7,742
Free shipping
Professional dealer
743
UK
A. Lange & Söhne Very good Red gold 45.5mm Manual winding
A. Lange & Söhne seltene 1A Qualitat 18K Rotgold Savonnette...
NZ$ 12,476
Professional dealer
166
DE
Elgin Incomplete
Elgin Pocket Watch Dueber Champion with Defect
NZ$ 422
Professional dealer
6
LT
A. Lange & Söhne Very good Red gold 53mm Manual winding
A. Lange & Söhne Lepine 1A Qualität 53mm 141g Zertifikat Diamant
NZ$ 17,267
Free shipping
Professional dealer
533
DE
Very good Rose gold 56mm Manual winding
Produttore anonimo Orologio da Tasca Inglese del 1800 Oro Rosa
NZ$ 10,960
Professional dealer
27
IT
Bacchus Very good Gold/Steel Manual winding
Empire französische Bronze Pendule
NZ$ 4,888
Professional dealer
253
DE
Very good Silver 57mm Manual winding
TOP
LANGE & SÖHNE - GLASHÜTTE, 1 A Qual. SAVONETTE
NZ$ 9,367
Private Seller
 
DE
Elgin Very good Red gold 54mm
Elgin Savonette Taschenuhr, 14 kt. von ca. 1882
NZ$ 8,212
Professional dealer
35
DE
Patek Philippe 89578 Very good Rose gold 46mm Manual winding
Patek Philippe 18k Rose Gold Pocket Watch 89578 Very Rare...
NZ$ 12,488
Professional dealer
251
US
Pocket Watch Very good Rose gold 47mm Manual winding
Full Hunter Rose Gold Rare Double Sided Calendar Pocket Watch
NZ$ 7,546
Free shipping
Professional dealer
743
UK
IWC Very good Yellow gold 53mm Manual winding
IWC Schaffhausen Antimagnetic 14K gold gent's HC pocket watch
NZ$ 4,888
Professional dealer
166
DE
Patek Philippe Very good Yellow gold 30mm Manual winding
Patek Philippe Attributed Platinum Diamond Green Enamel Lapel...
NZ$ 6,247
Free shipping
Professional dealer
37
US
A. Lange & Söhne Very good Red gold 55mm Manual winding
A. Lange & Söhne Schwere Savonette 130g 55mm Zertifikat
NZ$ 11,483
Free shipping
Professional dealer
533
DE
Vacheron Constantin Very good Yellow gold 50mm Manual winding
Vacheron Constantin Poket Watch Engravings and Enamels
NZ$ 8,937
Professional dealer
84
IT
Caius Marius Very good Gold/Steel Manual winding
Empire französische Bronze Pendule
NZ$ 9,947
Professional dealer
253
DE
Patek Philippe 85828 Good Silver 50mm Manual winding
Patek Philippe 1889 Patek Philippe & Cie., Geneve in Silver &...
NZ$ 54,144
Private Seller
QA
Patek Philippe Very good Red gold 53mm
Patek Philippe Gold-Savonette Taschenuhr, Rarität von 1889
NZ$ 39,795
Professional dealer
35
DE
Vacheron Constantin Yellow gold
Auction
Vacheron Constantin | A Yellow Gold Openface Keyless Watch...
NZ$ 5,371
Estimated price
Sotheby's
 
Pocket Watch Very good Yellow gold 52mm Manual winding
Vintage Pocket Watch Rare World Time Full Calendar Enamel Dial
NZ$ 19,110
Free shipping
Professional dealer
743
UK
Very good 45mm Manual winding
Agassiz rare 14k gold pocket watch witch central second,...
NZ$ 4,214
Professional dealer
166
DE
Cartier Very good Yellow gold 32.5mm Manual winding
Cartier High Quality Late 1800s 18kt Enamel Open Face Pocketwatch
NZ$ 6,941
Free shipping
Professional dealer
37
US
Patek Philippe & Cie pocket watch lady. Good Rose gold 36mm Manual winding
Patek Philippe & Cie Pocket watch lady
NZ$ 2,521
Professional dealer
117
NL
Patek Philippe Very good Yellow gold 50mm Manual winding
Patek Philippe Poket Watch made for Swope & Nhef Indiana USA
NZ$ 9,274
Professional dealer
84
IT
1579 Very good Yellow gold 42mm Manual winding
Czapek & Cie I Spolka w/ Genewie
NZ$ 200,531
Private Seller
QA
Bovet Fair Silver 55mm Manual winding
Bovet Vintage Erotic Automation Cloisonne Pocket Watch
NZ$ 11,801
Professional dealer
12
SG
A. Lange & Söhne Very good Red gold 52mm Chronograph
A. Lange & Söhne , Chronograph,schleichender 30-Minutenzähler,...
NZ$ 95,778
Professional dealer
35
DE
Very good Steel Manual winding
1900's Omega -marriage , customized
NZ$ 1,349
Professional dealer
 
BG
Very good Yellow gold 58mm Manual winding
Unbranded Open Face Musical Quarter Repeater Antique Yellow...
NZ$ 12,250
Free shipping
Professional dealer
743
UK
Patek Philippe Very good Yellow gold 48mm Manual winding
Patek Philippe Hunter Case pocket watch 18K Gold enamel...
NZ$ 12,982
Professional dealer
166
DE
Jaeger-LeCoultre Very good Yellow gold
Jaeger-LeCoultre Attributed RARE 55MM Hi Grade Diamond Ruby...
NZ$ 13,883
Free shipping
Professional dealer
37
US
Anonimo no brand Very good Yellow gold Manual winding
Anonimo Orologio Anonimo Pocket watch gold 18kt rare 1800 cc
NZ$ 2,698
Professional dealer
404
IT
Omega Very good 47mm Manual winding
Omega Pocket Watch circa 1899
NZ$ 1,735
Professional dealer
216
US
Longines Conquest L3.716.4.76.6 Very good Yellow gold 55mm Manual winding
Longines Grand prix
NZ$ 138,830
Private Seller
EG
Good Gold/Steel 85mm Manual winding
London Tischuhr Reiseuhr Carriage Clock Stiluhr selten
NZ$ 5,057
Professional dealer
808
DE
Patek Philippe Very good 18mm
Patek Philippe & Co. Sackermann, Miniatur Diamant Taschenuhr...
NZ$ 146,702
Professional dealer
35
DE
Patek Philippe Chronograph Very good Silver Manual winding
Patek Philippe VERY RARE SILVER OPENFACE STOP WATCH CHRONOGRAP...
NZ$ 21,752
Professional dealer
42
PL
L'Aiglon Good Yellow gold 48mm Manual winding
L'Aiglon Yellow Gold Vintage Pocket Watch
NZ$ 4,410
Free shipping
Professional dealer
743
UK
Ulysse Nardin Very good Silver 58mm Manual winding
Ulysse Nardin Aug. Ericsson St. Petersburg rare Detent Pocket...
NZ$ 7,755
Professional dealer
166
DE
Jaeger-LeCoultre Very good Yellow gold Manual winding
Jaeger-LeCoultre Attributed RARE 55MM Hi Grade Diamond Ruby...
NZ$ 13,883
Free shipping
Professional dealer
37
US
Very good Manual winding
E. White, London, Halbsavonette mit Minutenrepetition und Ch...
NZ$ 15,935
Free shipping
Professional dealer
20
DE
Omega Very good 50mm Manual winding
Omega Grand Priz - Pocket to Wrist Conversion
NZ$ 1,419
Professional dealer
46
CA

Antique Watches: A Journey Through History

Antique watches are like windows into a bygone era, especially considering pocket watches make up the majority of these timepieces. Each watch is truly one of a kind, making them interesting for collectors and enthusiasts alike.


5 Reasons to Buy an Antique Watch

  • Most are custom, handmade pieces
  • Gold or silver cases, often heavily decorated
  • Top models with complications like a chronograph or minute repeater
  • A piece of history in your pocket
  • Popular collector's items, including affordable models

Watches from Days Gone By

Antique watches are growing in popularity among watch collectors and enthusiasts. However, there's no set definition of what exactly constitutes an antique watch. The boundary between antique and vintage watches is quite blurred. As a general rule, all timepieces produced before 1940 can be considered antique; anything more recent is vintage.

Most antique watches come from an era when wristwatches were either nonexistent or an extremely niche product. This is why the majority of antique timepieces are pocket watches.

Some of the most refined pieces come from illustrious brands like Patek Philippe, A. Lange & Söhne, Breguet, and Jaeger-LeCoultre. For something more affordable, there's also a wide variety of interesting watches from the likes of Junghans, Zenith, and Omega. Regardless of the price and manufacturer, these timepieces all have one thing in common: They serve as time capsules from a bygone era.


How much do antique watches cost?

Model Price (approx.) Case/Movement no.
Zenith Pocket Watch 330 USD Silver, 52 mm/19-34-3T
Omega Pocket Watch 390 USD Silver, 50 mm/4901982
H. Moser & Cie. Pocket Watch Conversion 940 USD Silver, 51 mm/584581
A. Lange & Söhne Pocket Watch 3,500 USD Yellow gold, 52 mm/37885
Patek Philippe Pocket Watch 80,500 USD Rose gold, 50 mm/80.117

Affordable Antique Watches

Collecting antique watches is a fantastic hobby. The selection is enormous, and almost every timepiece is truly one of a kind since they were made by hand. Moreover, their affordable prices make antique watches a great starting point for any collection. Pocket watches from small, long-forgotten manufacturers sell for as little as 90 to 210 USD. Most are made of silver and have intricately engraved case backs.

There are also plenty of inexpensive options from more prestigious brands, including Zenith, Longines, and Omega. Their cases are also silver and hand-engraved. Most of these timepieces come from the turn of the century and share the same basic design: a white dial with Breguet numerals, a small seconds at 6 o'clock. and either classic Breguet hands or elaborate Louis XV hands.

Prices for well-maintained pocket watches begin around 280 USD. Models with especially detailed decoration demand about 440 USD.


Highly Coveted Pieces with Hefty Price Tags

Some collectors consider antique watches from storied manufacturers like Patek Philippe and A. Lange & Söhne their personal holy grail. The majority of these timepieces have intricately engraved gold cases. Inside, you'll find in-house calibers, often with chronograph or minute repeater complications. Many come with certificates of authenticity and in their original packaging, which further increases their value. Antique A. Lange & Söhne pocket watches sell for anywhere from 3,300 to 63,000 USD.

Pieces from Patek Philippe cost between 4,900 and 81,000 USD. However, watches with especially elaborate decoration require a much larger investment. For example, they may be encrusted with precious gems or feature an engraved portrait of their former owner. These timepieces are extremely rare and often cost well over 111,000 USD.


Prices for Early Wristwatches

It's quite difficult to find antique wristwatches. You'll have more luck searching for pocket watches that were later mounted on a bracelet or strap. There are modified pieces from nearly every manufacturer. This includes traditional watch companies like Vacheron Constantin and H. Moser & Cie. Depending on the model and its features, prices for these converted pocket watches range from 940 to 3,400 USD.

Nowadays, you'll find some new wristwatches outfitted with movements and dials from antique pocket watches. The result is the best of both worlds: the charm of an antique watch and the comfort of a modern wristwatch. What's more, these semi-antique watches sell for interesting prices. Timepieces with a refurbished Patek Philippe movement can cost as little as 13,500 USD. Watches with calibers from Jaeger-LeCoultre or IWC are even more affordable at 3,300 to 5,600 USD.

When it comes it genuine antique wristwatches, most are women's watches created for luxury stores like Tiffany & Co. You'll find pieces from big names like Cartier and Patek Philippe. These timepieces are rather rare and, therefore, demand prices anywhere from 16,500 to well over 55,000 USD.


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