Vintage Cartier Watch

Every day more people are learning to appreciate a quality Vintage timepiece. Jewel amongst them all the Vintage Cartier Watch offers style and luxury in time keeping, it sure makes a great investment. View Watches »

Vintage Bulova

Bulova launched in 1897 by Joseph Bulova, an immigrant from Bohemia, was at some point the largest watchmaker in America. It is most well-known for the Accutron watches, in the sixties, NASA asked the company to channel its Accutron efforts into developing computers for the Space Program. From the 1958 launch of Vanguard I to the first moon walk on July 21, 1969 Bulova's Accutron timing mechanism were an important part of space technologies. Also noteworthy are Bulova's 1920s and 1930s Excellency range watches, as well as their highly collectible doctors' watch (circa nineteen thirty) and also the Charles Lindbergh Lone Eagle watch (1927). View Watches »

Breguet Watches

Breguet, icon of classic watchmaking and pioneer of numerous function and design trademarks since 1775. No introduction needed, Breguet, Swatch Group flagship brand - No. 1 world watch and owner of Blancpain, Omega or Tissot to name a few - and well known passionate and beautiful watchmaking. Named one of the greatest watchmakers of all time - if not the largest, Breguet designs and produces high-end watches ranging from two needle parts with high- flying complications - minute repeater, tourbillon ... View Watches »

Girard Perregaux Pocket Watch

Two big names began to write the history of this manufacturing at the end of the 18th century: Jean-Francois Bautte and Constant Girard. The first was born in Geneva in 1772 and at the 12 years of age and worked as an apprentice and became an expert in the various trades related to the watch and jewellery. From 1791 he already signed his watches and his talent transferred the borders of handicraft because it also had excellent commercial skills. He created its own manufacturing and manufactured watches, jewellery, automates and music boxes. It is considered as one of the inventors of the extra-thin watch. In addition, opened a jewelry store in Geneva which won the praise of the writer Alexandre Dumas, Balzac and Ruskin, and among its clients included illustrious figures of European royalty. View Watches »

Rockford Pocket Watch

Rockford Watch Co. produced a small number of high-grade watches. This company had a major focus on railroad watches and many watches are labeled "RG" for Rail­road Grade. View Watches »

Ingraham Pocket Watch

Mighty reliable timekeeper, Sentinel Autocrat, in gleaming chromium plate with smart outside black enamel numeral dial. Also has the much desired rotary set and indicator bay. Other Ingraham pocket watches models are: Viceroy, Dixie, Ingraham, Vogue, Pathfinder, Panther, Clipper, Pilot. View Watches »

Ingersoll Pocket Watch

The revolutionary success of the reliable low-cost quality British Ingersoll Pocket Watch was accomplished by turning a formerly crafted and hand-finished product into a mass-produced item, distributed through an progressive and large-scale implement of advertising. View Watches »

Hebdomas Pocket Watch

Hebdomas was one of the producers of eight-day pocket-watches on the late 19th century along with Cortébert, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Longines, and Arogno. Its name "Hebdomas" seams reflects the nature of the watch; Hebdomas means week in Latin. Most Hebdomas eight day pocket watches have the distinctive exposed balance. The movements of the Hebdomas eight day pocket-watches were of good quality and they are very much look after by collectors. View Watches »

Gruen Pocket Watch

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Hampden Pocket Watch

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Lady Elgin Watch

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B.W. Raymond

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Elgin Pocket Watch

The Elgin Pocket Watch embraces many grades of watch movements on all of superior timekeeping quantities. The grades differ in price according to the cost of construction- each grade being the best watch value for money. View Watches »

Howard Pocket Watch

E. Howard is one of the fathers of American watchmaking. The Howard pocket watch is a favorite today amongst collectors of watches because they made watches that looked like nobody else's watches. View Watches »

Colibri Pocket Watch

The Colibri pocket watch is among those notable symbols of that refined epoch. Featuring the best craftsmanship to its timekeepers, the Colibri pocket watch was the sophisticated gentleman’s most important accessory. Indeed, it has been noted that just members of the aristocracy and upper class could possibly afford and thence purchase a Colibri pocket watch. View Watches »

Burlington Watches

Burlington Watches were a watchmaker's masterpieces, adjusted to the second, to temperature, to isochronism, to position ( the challeges in horology of those days) and these Burlington Watches came in an amazing variety of styles and designs for every occupation and taste. View Watches »

Bulova Pocket Watch

In 1875 Joseph Bulova, a 23-year-old Czech immigrant, opens a small jewelry shop on Maiden Lane in New York City. In 1911 Bulova begins manufacturing pocket watches, becoming a highly successful American Watch Company. View Watches »

Breguet Pocket Watch

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Arnex Pocket Watch

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Vintage Elgin Watches

The Elgin watch company produced more jeweled watches than any other watchmaker in America. The company made low priced watches, all the way up to high quality railroad grades pocket watches. Elgin's Art Deco watches are highly collectible. View Watches »

Vintage Hamilton Watches – Watches Created by Hamilton

By: M Goldsmith

Hamilton wristwatches combine battery power with a traditional mechanical watch balance wheel and gear train. This Hamilton technology became arcane in late 1960’s. However, it was considered the state of the art technology in the 50s. As these mechanics became obsolete, very few watchmakers actually mastered these complex systems. View Watches »

The widest range of vintage watches at the lowest prices

In the last 500 years, the art of mechanical timekeeping have produce many timepieces, not only precious mechanical artifact they have also become an investment that can only be up in value. In Old Pocket Watches you will find many luxury timepieces at affordable prices. Good luck and enjoy. View Watches »

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Vintage Doxa Watches

Georges Ducornmun started his workshops in 1889, he was mostly working on making pocket watches. At the beginning of the twentieth century, the high standard of Ducornmun timepieces earned him multiple awards and medals, particularly in Liege in 1905 as well as in Milan the year after. In 1908 he received a patent for an eight-day movement.

In 1910, the by now thriving Georges Ducornmun registered the trade-name Doxa for all his time-keeping products. In the begin of the Twenties, Doxa portfolio included Wristwatches with movement calibers which range from 8¾ to 13 lignes and also instrument-panel clocks for automobiles and airplanes were included on the collection. In the course of the subsequent years the Doxa range grown intensively manufacturing ring-watches, women's jewelry watches, railway and travel-clocks and also fashion timepieces. View Watches »

HOW TO TAKE CARE OF AN 1880s WATCH

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Popular collector’s items – Elgin Vintage Wristwatches

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For those who Appreciate things that Appreciate – Gruen Vintage Watches


By: Mr Goldsmith

Fred Gruen and Dietrich Gruen founded a new watch company "D. Gruen and Son” in 1894. These first Gruen watches were of a high quality and were beautifully made. Both 18 and 16 size versions were manufactured, each in both open face and hunter styles, and in 18- and 21-jewel versions.

Gruen introduced its "VeriThin" watches in 1903. The VeriThin pocket watches were soon popular and became Gruen's signature watch. Also some of the old and thicker movements were kept in production and soon became the SemiThin pocket watch. Another watch, the expensive UltraThin, movement successfully reduced the number of operating levels to two. The Very-VeriThin models combined the ordinary VeriThin movements with extra-slim case designs making them the thinnest most watches.The Ultra-VeriThin was a less-expensive precision grade watch. Gruen's Precision models were guaranteed to meet railroad accuracy standards; hence there remained no use of carrying a 18-size watch.

In 1908 Gruen introduced both men's and women's wristwatches.

One design that was popular with women was the Convertible watch. These were shaped like a small pocket watch with bow on the top. These included a second, small ring on the bottom, to allow attachments at both ends. Included was a bracelet or ribbon that clipped to the top and bottom of the watch to form a wristwatch, but the watch could also be worn on the neck with chain, pinned to the clothing or used with a pocket watch chain.

Gruen made both wrist and pocket watches for the military during World War I. Most had silver cases, which would not corrode under adverse conditions and had luminous dial markings and hands.

Gruen also made a military version of the VeriThin pocket watch, which had a luminous dial and hands as the military wristwatches did. These came in either solid gold or gold-filled cases. Gruen introduced the Cartouche wristwatch naming it "The logical wristwatch shape" in 1921.

By 1922 there were three Gruen companies: D. Gruen, Sons & Company; The Gruen National Watch Case Company of Cincinnati; and The Gruen Watch Manufacturing Company of Biel, Switzerland. All these three businesses were merged to form the Gruen Watch Company in 1922.

In 1925, Gruen introduced the men's Quadron which were rectangular watches containing high-quality 15-j or 17-j tonneau-shaped movements.

Gruen releases The Techni-Quadron in 1928. These were called the "doctor's watches" because of the large seconds dial which was handy for timing a patient's pulse.

In 1935 Gruen introduced the famous Curvex.

The Dietrich Gruen watches had their own unique family of fully-adjusted movements. Cases came in several shapes, including round, octagonal and square and even pentagon cases.

The Watch of Railroad Accuracy

By: Mr Goldsmith

In 1893, the Hamilton Watch Company of Lancaster, Pennsylvania began producing pocket watches for railroad workers. These Railroad-grade watches had to meet strict guidelines to ensure their reliability and accuracy and Hamilton met these standards well. The watches had 42-hour mainsprings, with 17 jewels in their isochronous movements and were size 16 or 18. They had Arabic numerals on their faces. These were the standards which made Hamilton watches the best choice of railroad employees. View Watches »

Antique Watches – Looking after our watches

It is important to properly take care of our watches so that they will last in good condition.  by Mr Goldsmith

With antique watches, there appearance will determine the value should you decide to sell them. You will need to make sure your watch is properly wound so that it can keep working like it should. There are just a few set number of turns though when it comes to winding that you have be concerned with. If you wind your antique watch too much, you can end up harming it. Always turn the hands clockwise in order to properly set the time. Never attempt to make them go backwards! View Watches »