We Have Pocket Watches Antique Collectors Search For
Watches have always been a status symbol since their invention, but pocket watches, especially a vintage pocket watch, is a category all on its own. At Love Antiques, you're sure to find an antique watch that dates back to the Victorian era that has been preserved in good quality and makes for a good investment. Buying an antique pocket watch is simple with Love Antiques, and with all dealers being thoroughly vetted before being allowed to sell their products, you can rest assured that you are purchasing from a reputable antique dealer. You can find out more about how Love Antiques works and the items we sell by visiting our FAQ page by clicking here.
All Styles of Vintage Pocket Watches for Sale at Love Antiques
When you buy pocket watches from Love Antiques, you will find different designs and styles of vintage pocket watches available to choose from. We carry an assortment of antique pocket watches for sale ranging from silver and gold antique pocket watches accessories such as watch cases, antique watch Fobs and Alberts, and open face styles. An open face pocket watch doesn't have a cover and can be considered as the design that creators agreed on when they decided to switch to wristwatches.
The Hunter Pocket Watch with Ornately Engraved Outer Casing
The full hunter pocket watch often comes with an ornately engraved outer casing. The owner also has the option to place a picture or their initials on the inner side of the cover. This makes it easier to personalise old pocket watches than the wristwatches of today. The half hunter pocket watch, on the other hand, still has a cover but with a hole that allows the owner to tell the time without opening it. Another type is a double hunter pocket watch that has a protective lid at the front and rear that both opens, allowing the owners to see the dial and the mechanism of an antique pocket watch. There's also the double half hunter pocket watch that combines the design of the double hunter and a half hunter vintage pocket watches.
All of our watches are in good working order, checked over before listing and are also checked for accuracy which is usually within around +/- two to three minutes over 24 hours (unless otherwise stated), which is considered respectable for a vintage watch.
Shop Smart When Buying a Vintage Antique Pocket Watch from Love Antiques
Choose from a wide range of gold or silver pocket watches for men and women, open face or full hunter, European or American vintage pocket watches for sale. Love Antiques guarantees old pocket watches with exceptional watch chains and cases in good quality. When you are ready to purchase an antique pocket watch, you will need to register with Love Antiques first which takes just a minute and you can do by clicking here. We thoroughly vet all sellers on our website to ensure that only reliable and reputable antique dealers can sell their antiques on our site. If you are looking for vintage pocket watches for sale UK and in Europe, look no further than Love Antiques, trusted by both buyers and dealers alike.
Vintage Antique Pocket Watch FAQ’s
How much does an antique pocket watch cost?
When you shop for an antique pocket watch, be aware that each piece becomes more valuable when in working order, especially in pristine condition or when well-maintained. Any restoration work done to fix a minor problem on the pocket watch could affect its value. Antique pocket watches for sale are usually within the price range of £120-£4,850 at a reputable antiques store in the United Kingdom. Made by hand, the pocket watch would have a unique design that bears the watchmaker’s signature style, along with features that were on trend the time it was crafted. Pocket watch manufacturers would often use gold or silver for the case, which came with a matching chain and inlaid with precious stone. When looking for silver or gold pocket watches for sale in the United Kingdom, you can drop by a London shop selling these antiques. Also check out the selection at our online antiques shop, LoveAntiques.com, which is a good place to start when looking for a valuable item from the bygone years. You’ll be able to find a page we’ve dedicated to silver and gold pocket watches. Among the popular pocket watches for sale are items by the Swiss brand Omega.
What are the best antique pocket watches to collect?
When you’re collecting antique pocket watches in the United Kingdom, you have to look for certain details to be able to identify an authentic piece, which goes beyond identifying whether the case and chain used are real gold or silver. While examining the authenticity of a gold or silver pocket watch sold at a shop, you’d come across other information such as the value, which depends on age, rarity and, most of all, the brand of the pocket watch. An Omega pocket watch, for example, can be sold for £300-£600 or even more in the United Kingdom, especially if it’s in working order condition. Other brands to look for include Swiss brands Zenith and Hamilton, and American brand Waltham. If you’re well-versed with the pocket watch trend in the 1800s and in the early 1900s, you’ll be able to spot at a reputable UK antiques dealer shop an authentic chronograph pocket watch that usually came in a silver case and chain. You may also want to look out for a 17 jewel watch or the fully-jewelled timepiece.
Will antique pocket watches go out of style?
The era of the pocket watch in the United Kingdom may have long gone and was expected to be just a forgotten page in history, but since the 16th century, the fascination with this gold and silver timepiece has outlasted many centuries and still remains to this day. Something as iconic as the pocket watch chain would always have a place even in today’s society and has always been viewed as a mark of elegance, reminding everyone of a well-respected gentry who had impeccable taste and were always trendsetters when it comes to fashion looks in the United Kingdom. In fact, they once were considered a status symbol at a time when mass production wasn’t yet easy, as only gentlemen who belong to wealthy families can truly afford to fasten a pocket watch chain in one of their vest buttonholes. Wristwatches were already around that time, but the gentlemen preferred the gold or silver pocket watches as they were more durable, until wristwatches became popular among men in the military in the 1880s. Most silver or gold pocket watches you would find today would often be in the hands of heirs, as they’re popular heirloom pieces. With their timeless beauty, antique watches would be perfect for a formal event or any special occasion.
What should I look for in a vintage pocket watch?
Brands play an important role when it comes to identifying a valuable gold or silver pocket watch. If the brand has always been popular for its quality pieces, rest assured their timepieces would be highly-priced. Swiss brands are especially known for their quality pieces. Among the first things you can check is the dial. One way of identifying the manufacturer is by finding its logo on the enamel dial. The dial could be embossed, painted or printed with numbers and decorative markings that were widely used the time the pocket watch was created. After checking the dial, go to the flat sheet of metal above the movement to find the watchmaker’s name as well as the serial number of 5-9 digits, which would point you to the year of the manufacture. You may find a smaller number consisting of 2-4 digits that would tell you the calibre or size of the movement. To know the metal used, check the markings inside the back cover. Take note of the name of the manufacturer, the serial number and the movement size, and check the lists published by the manufacturer on its site if the information matches. You can approach an antiques expert or an antiques dealer like us. Of course, the condition of the watch would also matter
Are pocket watches a good investment?
A pocket watch is definitely a good investment. They can gain value over time if you’re able to keep them in great condition and to do so, you have to regularly use a maintenance service, preferably from the reputable antique shop you got your item from. That way, the expert will be able to resolve or even prevent any problem from actually happening. If your pocket watch was crafted by a popular manufacturer, usually a Swiss brand, you can expect the value of the watch to climb as years pass. Aside from simply collecting and selling the pocket watch at a higher price in the future, you can also hand the pocket watch down to the generations that would follow you and create a family tradition. If you only want to wear it to important functions or make it part of your daily ensemble, its silver or gold chain allows it to be worn in different ways. You can rely on the quality and durability of this type of watch that you’d be able to use for many years. However, before getting one, know the details of each pocket watch to make sure what you're getting suits your purpose. It's worth checking out the web page of our antiques shop in London that has these items on sale.