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Audemars Piguet Unworn Rose gold 42mm Manual winding
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Audemars Piguet Rare 1880s Large Mens 42mm Double Enamel...
NZ$ 11,690
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Patek Philippe Very good Yellow gold Manual winding
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Patek Philippe Attributed Early Red Diamond Enamel Lapel...
NZ$ 7,014
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Patek Philippe Aquanaut Very good Yellow gold Manual winding
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NZ$ 10,131
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Patek Philippe Very good Yellow gold 42mm Manual winding
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Patek Philippe 1830 Hunting Case Enamel "Flower Girl"Motif...
NZ$ 10,131
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Hamilton Railroad Good Gold/Steel 47mm Manual winding
Hamilton Electric Railway Special Grade 974
NZ$ 429
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Longines 2394772 Very good Yellow gold Manual winding
Longines 4 Grands Prix
NZ$ 8,261
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Breguet anno 1890 Good Rose gold 49mm Manual winding
Breguet Pierre Giteau, Eleve de Breguet Chronometer Taschenuhr
NZ$ 5,524
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Patek Philippe Chronograph Very good Silver Manual winding
Patek Philippe VERY RARE SILVER OPENFACE STOP WATCH CHRONOGRAP...
NZ$ 22,269
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Omega Omega pocketwatch Type Art Deco 1923 Good Aluminum 49mm Manual winding
Omega Art Deco
NZ$ 682
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Piaget 676065 Good Yellow gold
Piaget Pocket Watch (C24-103-I)
NZ$ 5,300
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Good Steel 49mm Manual winding
damas pocket watch
NZ$ 328
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398
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FOB PARIS R40 Sisyphos New Steel 40mm Automatic
FOB PARIS R40 Sisyphos pocket watch
NZ$ 989
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Patek Philippe Very good Yellow gold 49mm Manual winding
Patek Philippe 18K Gold Gent's pocket watch Ø 49mm, 90.7 grams...
NZ$ 8,975
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117
DE
Sothis South Bend 227 Fair Yellow gold Manual winding
Sothis Model 2 Grade 227 Rail Road Pocket Watch
NZ$ 468
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph 26470ST.OO.A101CR.01 New Steel 42mm Automatic
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph
NZ$ 31,628
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Omega Good Yellow gold 54mm Manual winding
Omega Chronometer DDR Grade Very best 18k Gold World Time 1916
NZ$ 16,054
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Patek Philippe VERY BIG 56mm Very good Rose gold
Patek Philippe OPEN FACE POCKET WATCH ROSE GOLD MADE IN 1902-...
NZ$ 15,191
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Pocketwatch Breguet Style Gold Case 18kt 5gr Good Yellow gold 32mm Manual winding
Gold Pocketwatch 5gr Breguet type
NZ$ 604
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Breguet Very good Red gold 50mm Manual winding
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Breguet Rare Breguet pocket watch authentic gold 18k full hunter
NZ$ 34,525
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Junghans Good Steel 50mm Manual winding
Junghans pocket watch
NZ$ 1,036
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398
NL
Good Rose gold 57mm Manual winding
Unbranded Complete Calendar Full Hunter Pocket Watch
NZ$ 11,782
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457
UK
144 grams Good Silver 56,5mm Manual winding
Jacot enamel quater repeater gent's pocket watch
NZ$ 5,868
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117
DE
Waltham waltham 1892 Good Steel Manual winding
Waltham Vanguard 1892 Railroad Model
NZ$ 312
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Audemars Piguet 25701PT.OO.0000XX.03 Very good Platinum 52mm Manual winding
Audemars Piguet Platinum Grand Complication Pocket Watch, ref....
NZ$ 428,639
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Unworn Rose gold 52mm Automatic
Marius LeCoultre Taschenuhr, Wie NEU, Minuten Repetition 18k...
NZ$ 14,673
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Patek Philippe Chronograph Very good Silver Manual winding
Patek Philippe VERY RARE SILVER OPENFACE STOP WATCH CHRONOGRAP...
NZ$ 22,269
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Pocketwatch Gold 18kt 8gr Good Red gold 32mm Manual winding
Gold Pocketwatch 18kt 8gr
NZ$ 518
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Rolex Very good Yellow gold 52mm Manual winding
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Rolex Pocket
NZ$ 6,905
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Union Glashütte Very good Red gold 56mm Manual winding
Union Glashütte 1A Savonette
NZ$ 13,499
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329
DE
Very good Silver 60mm Manual winding
Edward Prior Triple Case
NZ$ 4,610
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457
UK
IWC Very good Yellow gold 52mm Manual winding
IWC Schaffhausen Antimagnetic 14K gold gent's HC pocket watch
NZ$ 4,832
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117
DE
Very good Yellow gold 59mm Manual winding
andere Marke Heure Chronometre Répétition Taschenuhr 585er...
NZ$ 6,903
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556
DE
Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar 725/2 Very good Yellow gold 46mm Manual winding
Patek Philippe Yellow Gold Perpetual Calendar Pocket Watch
NZ$ 93,521
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A. Lange & Söhne Unworn Yellow gold 53mm Manual winding
A. Lange & Söhne Taschenuhr A. Lange & Söhne Qualität 1A Gold...
NZ$ 17,746
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Vacheron Constantin Good Red gold 53mm Manual winding
Vacheron Constantin Pocket Watch
NZ$ 5,066
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223
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Omega Omega pocketwatch Gold case 18Kt 21gr Very good Yellow gold 45mm Manual winding
Omega Pocketwatch Gold case 18kt 21gr
NZ$ 3,107
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Patek Philippe 261161 Very good Yellow gold 53mm Manual winding
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Patek Philippe Da tasca. Meccanismo n 153236
NZ$ 6,784
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Tasca orologio monachina oro 18 kt Very good Yellow gold Manual winding
Pocket Watch Cilindre swiss Orologio da Tasca Monachina
NZ$ 1,381
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Very good Yellow gold 52mm Manual winding
Rare World Time Full Calendar Pocket Watch
NZ$ 21,515
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457
UK
Patent 30754 Very good Silver 53mm Manual winding
Mobilis Minute Tourbillon in a rare magnificent Niello Silver...
NZ$ 9,840
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117
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Movado 2615 Very good 46mm Manual winding
Movado Taschenuhr Ref. 2615
NZ$ 2,503
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333
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Hamilton Very good Yellow gold 44.5mm Manual winding
Hamilton ハミルトン 懐中時計 アンティークK14YG 手巻 HAMILTON【中古】ランクA《返品可》【質屋出品】...
NZ$ 2,078
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Good Yellow gold Manual winding
Westermann & Ekegren 18k Gold Savonette Chronometer Hemmung...
NZ$ 9,037
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IWC Good Yellow gold 49mm Manual winding
IWC Schaffhausen, Rare 14K Yellow Gold Pocket Watch, Circa 1905
NZ$ 4,045
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137
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Fair 43mm Manual winding
Roskkopf G.Rosskopf Patent
NZ$ 121
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Ulysse Nardin 55818-16785-B1 Very good Yellow gold 53mm Manual winding
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Ulysse Nardin tasca
NZ$ 12,861
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Patek Philippe 89578 Very good Rose gold 46mm Manual winding
Patek Philippe 18k Rose Gold Pocket Watch 89578 Very Rare...
NZ$ 14,020
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113
US
Very good Yellow gold 50mm Manual winding
Rueff Freres Full Hunter Minute Repeater Pocket Watch
NZ$ 6,660
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457
UK
Zenith Good Manual winding
Zenith Chronometer Grand Prix Paris 1900, power reserve...
NZ$ 4,400
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117
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Hamilton Hamilton 3992B Very good 68mm Manual winding
Hamilton British Military Hamilton 3992B Navigation Master Watch
NZ$ 3,791
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Movado Movado 14kt gold Good Yellow gold Quartz
Movado 74E79882
NZ$ 6,001
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Good Yellow gold 52mm Manual winding
Lepaute a Paris 20k gold ¼ Repetition Taschenuhr 1798-1809
NZ$ 11,911
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Audemars Piguet Very good White gold 42mm Manual winding
Audemars Piguet White Gold Pocket Watch, with British Soccer...
NZ$ 8,573
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Patek Philippe Golden Ellipse Good Yellow gold 47mm Manual winding
Patek Philippe Ellipse Pocket Watch
NZ$ 12,470
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Good Yellow gold 51mmmm Manual winding
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Robert Roskell Liverpool 18k ornate pocket watch, 1825
NZ$ 10,225
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Doxa Good 67.5mm
Doxa . Reloj erótico de bolsillo. AUTOMATÓN. Año Ca. 1906....
NZ$ 1,329
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Vacheron Constantin Very good Rose gold 48mm Manual winding
Vacheron Constantin Full Hunter Pocket Watch
NZ$ 8,709
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Very good Rose gold 46,5mm Manual winding
Audemars Freres with split seconds Chronograph "Rattrapante"...
NZ$ 4,745
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IWC 66-20 Very good Yellow gold 53mm Manual winding
IWC 14 Karat Gelbgold Savonette Lentille Kaliber 66-20 v 1925
NZ$ 4,314
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Chopard U3022/1 New Yellow gold Manual winding
Chopard Taschenuhr 89 Savonette graviert
NZ$ 3,245
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Glashütte Original Good Rose gold 55mm Manual winding
Glashütte Original Alpina Chronometer Box 14k Gold Savonette...
NZ$ 6,698
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IWC Very good Platinum 44mm Manual winding
IWC Platinum Diamond Pocket Watch with Original Box and Papers
NZ$ 16,366
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Lemania Nero Lemania Split Seconds Military Chronograph Stopwatch Very good 51mm Manual winding
Lemania Nero Lemania Split Seconds Military Chronograph Stopwatch
NZ$ 389
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Breitling Chronospace F75362 Very good Titanium 43mm Quartz
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Breitling Chronospace "Evo Night Mission", Blue Dial - Black...
NZ$ 4,833
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Pocket Watches: The Gentleman's Timepiece

Pocket watches have a large fan base. The timepieces range from cheap vintage models to extremely rare collector's pieces. World-famous manufacturers such as Patek Philippe have produced the most extraordinary pocket watches.


Highlights

  • Large variety of vintage pocket watches
  • Prices ranging from a few hundred euros to millions
  • New models with mechanical or quartz calibers
  • A. Lange & Söhne pocket watches are especially sought after by collectors
  • Available with a chronograph function, perpetual calendar, or minute repeater

Pocket Watches for Men and Women

Pocket watches have been beloved for centuries, especially amongst collectors and watch enthusiasts. Wristwatches almost made the pocket watch completely obsolete in the 20th century. Wearing a watch on your wrist is simply more comfortable for most people. Originally, it was predominantly men who used pocket watches. In order to not lose the watch, it was secured with a chain. There was a spring ring or clip at the end of the chain, which you could attach to a buttonhole. Men usually carried their pocket watches in their vest pockets , though they kept them in their pants or jacket pockets as well. Women often attached their pocket watches to a chain and wore them as necklaces.

Manufacturers such as Tissot, Regent, or Dugena continue to produce affordable pocket watches. These are powered by mechanical or quartz movements. The number of pre-owned pocket watches available is much larger. The most highly sought-after models are vintage watches from the German manufacturer A. Lange & Söhne. Patek Philippe, one of the most renowned watch manufacturers in the world, is known for their especially intricate pocket watches. The Graves Supercomplication and Calibre 89 were the most intricate pocket watches for decades.


Buying Advice

If you're searching for a pocket watch, you have the choice between countless models. Prices range from a few hundred to a few million euros for very rare, intricate models. Apprentice watches are particularly special watches. They were made by watchmaking apprentices towards the end of one's apprenticeship, making them "journeyman's pieces." Watches from the 19th or first half of the 20th century are extremely coveted amongst collectors. Since there is only one of each watch, they're extremely scarce, and you should accordingly plan to spend at least 30,000 euros for such a rare piece.

A less expensive entry into the world of pocket watches would be a model from Regent, Dugena, or Tissot. Pre-owned Tissot pocket watches cost less than 500 euros, although their gold watches can cost around 2,500 euros. All three manufacturers currently offer pocket watches in their portfolios. You can also find pre-owned pocket watches from the Swiss manufacturer Omega at affordable prices, sometimes for less than 200 euros. However, gold models can cost up to 4,000 euros.

Pre-owned pocket watches from the International Watch Company (IWC) can be purchased for around 800 euros. Gold models, however, are available for 25,000 euros. The prices for vintage pocket watches from Patek Philippe start at around 3,500 euros. However, there are also models that cost nearly one million euros. The Graves Supercomplication , a special order pocket watch for the American banker Henry Graves, Jr., sold at a Sotheby's auction in 2014 for 23.2 million Swiss francs (CHF), making it one of the most expensive watches in the world. The Patek Philippe 89 is slightly less expensive, although it's still one of the most intricate pocket watches ever produced. In 2009, it sold for around $5 million at an Antiquorum auction.


The History of Pocket Watches

Pocket watches have been around since the 15th century. The invention of the spring drive made pocket watches possible, as it enabled the entire watch movement to be miniaturized. Before then, large grandfather clocks were powered by weights attached to chains which wound the movement. The oldest known watch with a spring drive dates back to 1430 . It features a fusee, which equalized the uneven pull of the mainspring. This watch belonged to Philip the Good, Duke of Burgundy, and is on display at the Germanisches Nationalmuseum (Germanic National Museum) in Nuremberg.

Peter Henlein, a locksmith from Nuremburg, was one of the first to use a spring drive together with an escape mechanism in a wearable watch. He was able to get the watch down to pocket watch size using this construction, and the shape of the timepiece resembled a can . One of these models is on display at the Germanisches Nationalmuseum in Nuremburg. The German town of Nuremberg was the center of watchmaking in the 15th century. Historians know it as the "Silicon Valley of the Middle Ages" due to the many inventions made in the town.

These can-shaped watches, which were most likely carried in bags, eventually developed into wearable watches fashioned onto chains. Since the first portable watches still weren't very accurate, they only had an hour hand. This changed in the mid-17th century when better escapement systems were developed, resulting in portable watches with both hour and minute hands.

The majority of older pocket watches are unsigned, as adding company names and logos wasn't common practice until the 19th century. Sometimes you're only able to tell the origin of a watch based on its construction, design, or decorations.


Pocket Watch Cases

In the 16th century, pocket watch cases were often spherical or box-shaped. Over time, the case developed into the common flat design we know today.

Pocket watches are classified as either Savonnette or Lépine, an important distinction. The Lépine version is named for the French watchmaker Jean-Antoine Lépine. In this construction, the seconds display, winding stem, and crown are all in line with each other. Lépine pocket watches have no spring cover, and thanks to their construction, they're especially flat. This makes them well suited as tailcoat watches. Savonnette watches, on the other hand, have a spring cover protecting the dial and watchglass which can be opened by a push-piece. The term "Savonnette" comes from French and means "little bar of soap." Savonnette pocket watches have the seconds display at six o'clock, and the crown is on the side at three o'clock. This construction makes it easier to hold and use: You can hold the pocket watch in your right hand and use your thumbs to operate the spring cover push-piece and read the time.

Pocket Watch Cases

  • Lépine: Crown, winding stem, seconds hand in line with the winding stem, no spring cover
  • Savonnette: Seconds display at six o'clock, crown on the side, spring cover for protection

Intricate Pocket Watches

Pocket watches can do much more than just show the time. The most intricate pocket watches come from the Swiss manufacturers Patek Philippe, Breguet, and Vacheron Constantin.


The Graves Supercomplication: 24 Complications

With a total of 24 complications, the Graves Supercomplication held the record for the most intricate pocket watch for decades. It features a perpetual calendar , double chronograph for timing intervals, and astronomical displays . The watch shows the normal time, sidereal time, the sunrise and sunset time, and the starry sky over New York City.

The Graves Supercomplication was custom made for the New York banker Henry Graves, Jr. , a passionate watch collector and Patek Philippe fan. The American car manufacturer James Ward Packard was also a lover of rare Patek Philippe watches. Both men commissioned many watches from Patek Philippe with the goal of beating one another in acquiring the most intricate timepiece. The competition ended with Henry Graves, Jr.'s Graves Supercomplication. Originally commissioned in 1925, the watch was finally completed seven years later in 1932. It took a further 12 months for the watch to reach Graves. Since Packard died in 1928, he was unable to commission any more pocket watches. Therefore, it remains a mystery whether Patek could have made an even more intricate watch than the Graves Supercomplication in the early 1930s.


Patek Philippe's Calibre 89 with 33 Complications

Patek Philippe's Calibre 89 overtook the Graves Supercomplication as the most intricate watch in 1989. With a total of 33 complications, the Calibre 89 set a new record. Among its complications are a double chronograph, perpetual calendar , a moon phase and age display, and a second time zone display . There are also many astronomical displays on the back side of the watch. The pocket watch also has acoustic complications such as a grand and petite sonnerie, a minute repeater, and an alarm function. Patek Philippe only produced four Calibre 89 pocket watches.


Vacheron Constantin's 57 Complications

In 2015, the Swiss manufacturer Vacheron Constantin set a new record. Their pocket watch, reference number 57260, has 57 complications. Vacheron Constantin produced this watch for a wealthy, anonymous customer. The watch features many calendars: a Gregorian perpetual calendar, a Hebrew perpetual calendar, an astronomical calendar function, and a professional business calendar based on the ISO 8601 standard.


A Royal Pocket Watch: Breguet Marie Antoinette

The Breguet pocket watch Grande Complication No. 1160 is, like its predecessor the No. 160, a rarity. An unknown admirer of Marie Antoinette commissioned the watch in 1783 when Breguet was the purveyor to the royal French court. Marie Antoinette was known to be a fan of Breguet. The watch was meant to showcase the watchmaking know-how of the time, and gold was used in lieu of other metals when possible. The automatic watch features a perpetual calendar, minute repeater, and a power reserve display. It also displays the equation of time, the daily deviation between the true and mean solar times. The mean solar time is the time we use day in, day out. Breguet finished the watch in 1827, 44 years after it was commissioned. Marie Antoinette had already died 34 years earlier.

The No. 160 pocket watch was on display in a Jerusalem museum until 1983. It vanished without a trace and remained lost for 24 years, until it reappeared suddenly in 2007. Nicolas G. Hayek, the founder of the Swatch Group, commissioned Breguet to remake the No. 160 in 2004. Since the original was still missing at the time, the watchmakers had to reconstruct it using old drawings and reference documents.

Abraham-Louis Breguet was the founder of the manufacturer and is considered a genius master watchmaker. He is the inventor of the tourbillon, a complication which minimizes gravity-related deviations and ensures the watch runs precisely.