Best Pocket Watches (Authentic & Historic)

In the grand scheme of time, a watch strapped to the wrist is a relatively new way to carry around a timepiece. The wristwatch only became popular in the last century after World War I. Until then, pocket watches were all the rage for men and women. The practice started in the 16th century after the invention of the spring-driven clock. The pocket watches had chains that attached to clothing. Gentlemen often had accessories like cigar cutters attached and tucked them in their waistcoat or vest. Ladies wore them as pendants. Until mass production became possible, only the elite could afford them.

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Today, whether you want to appear sophisticated and dapper, honor horology, or simply have an exciting piece for your watch collection, a pocket watch is a nice way to indulge yourself. But choosing one is a bit complicated. They come in several styles from open-face to ones with protective hinged covers known as full hunter, half hunter, double hunter, and others. And then there are movement, materials, brand, and price to consider. Let our collection of the Best Pocket Watches can help take the guesswork out of choosing one.

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North American Railroad Approved, Railway Regulation Standard, Historical Train Pocket Watch with 2 Chains'150th Aniversary USA' Japanese Movement'Steam Engine #'1' (of 5 Watch Collection)
150th Special Edition Historical Train Pocket Watch
  • analog dial
  • 12/24-hr
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Tissot Unisex-Adult Savonnettes Quartz Stainless Steel Specialities Silver T83655313
Best Full Hunter Pocket Watch
Tissot Savonnettes T83655B Pocket Watch
  • Swiss quartz movement
  • stainless steel case & chain
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ShoppeWatch Eagle Pocket Watch and Chain Quartz Movement Arabic Numerals Half Hunter Vintage Design PW-65
ShoppeWatch Eagle Pocket Watch
  • analog dial
  • half-hunter
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Speidel Classic Brushed Satin Black Engravable Pocket Watch with 14' Chain, Black Dial, Seconds Hand, Day and Date Sub-Dials
Speidel Classic Pocket Watch
  • analog dial
  • quartz movement
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Stuhrling Original Mens Vintage Mechanical Pocket Watch - Stainless Steel Pocket Watch with Chain Analog Skeleton Watch Hand Wind Mechanical Watch with Clip and Stainless Steel Chain (Silver)
Stuhrling Original Men's Pocket Watch
  • dual skeleton dial
  • analog display
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Gotham Men's Gold-Plated Stainless Steel Mechanical Hand Wind Railroad Style Pocket Watch # GWC14108G
Gotham Men's Railway Style Pocket Watch
  • open face
  • analog dial
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Treeweto Antique Bronze Dragon Mechanical Skeleton Pocket Watch with Chain
Best Double Half Hunter
TREEWETO Dream Dragon Skeletal Pocket Watch
  • analog display
  • double half hunter
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Stuhrling Orignal Mens Pocket Watch Automatic Watch Skeleton Watches for Men - Rose Gold Pocket Watch - Mechanical Watch with Belt Clip and Chain -Dual Time AM/PM Sun Moon Subdial
Stuhrling Original Automatic Mechanical Men's Pocket Watch
  • automatic mechanical movement
  • skeleton dial
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Charles-Hubert, Paris 3869-S Classic Collection Antiqued Finish Open Face Mechanical Pocket Watch
Best Open Face Pocket Watch
Charles-Hubert Paris 3869 Pocket Watch
  • open face
  • skeleton dial
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ManChDa Steampunk Mechanical Luminous Bronze Skeleton Automatic Mechanical Pocket Watch Open Face Fob for Men
ManChDa Steampunk Men's Pocket Watch
  • open face
  • acrylic lens
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150th Special Edition Historical Train Pocket Watch

North American Railroad Approved, Railway Regulation Standard, Historical Train Pocket Watch with 2 Chains'150th Aniversary USA' Japanese Movement'Steam Engine #'1' (of 5 Watch Collection)

The Historical Train Pocket Watch by 150th Special Edition will appeal to both watch collectors and history buffs. The steam engine stamped on the front symbolizes the required use of pocket watches by conductors in the 1800s. The case material is alloy steel with an antique brass finish that gives it a vintage look.

Powered by Japanese quartz movement, the analog dial features a 24-hour dial face and seconds hand that was RR standard at that time. The dial is off-white with black 12-hour Arabic numerals and red 24-hour numerals around the outer dial. The traditional hands are black. The American flag is depicted on the face.

The full-hunter style pocket watch comes with a gift box and 2 chains. Customers can download a Certificate of Historical Railway facts from the manufacturer’s web site.

Specifications

  • analog dial
  • 12/24-hr
  • alloy steel
  • antique brass finish
  • Japanese quartz movement
  • full-hunter
  • gift box & chains
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Best Full Hunter Pocket Watch

Tissot Savonnettes T83655B Pocket Watch

Tissot Unisex-Adult Savonnettes Quartz Stainless Steel Specialities Silver T83655313

The Tissot Savonettes Pocket Watch honors the history of timekeeping with a classic style. The 48.50mm case is made of 316L silvertone stainless steel. The white analog dial features black Roman numerals, Arabic minute markers on the outer dial, and ultra-slim black hands. A date window is at 6 o’clock and the dial cover is a synthetic sapphire.

Tissot, producing signature pocket watches since 1853, crafts watches with Swiss quartz movement. The highly-respected brand is the official timekeeper for the Tour de France and a partner of many other disciplines.

The Savonnettes T83655B is a full-hunter style with one solid hinged cover. It comes with a silvertone stainless steel chain. It’s water-resistant to 30 meters (99ft).

Specifications

  • Swiss quartz movement
  • stainless steel case & chain
  • date window
  • synthetic sapphire crystal
  • full-hunter
  • water resistance: 30 meters
  • case size: 48.50 mm
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ShoppeWatch Eagle Pocket Watch

ShoppeWatch Eagle Pocket Watch and Chain Quartz Movement Arabic Numerals Half Hunter Vintage Design PW-65

The ShoppeWatch Eagle is a half-hunter style pocket watch meaning the dial can be seen without opening the Case. The half cover of the antique goldtone steel case features an eagle design for a classic vintage look. The white analog dial has black Arabic numerals in a fancy font and delicate fillagree hands.

The ShoppeWatch Eagle is powered by quartz movement. It comes with a matching metal chain. It makes a great birthday or anniversary gift to pass along as an heirloom.

Specifications

  • analog dial
  • half-hunter
  • metal case & chain
  • quartz movement
  • vintage style
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Speidel Classic Pocket Watch

Speidel Classic Brushed Satin Black Engravable Pocket Watch with 14' Chain, Black Dial, Seconds Hand, Day and Date Sub-Dials

A brushed satin finish on the black 47 mm case of the Speidel ClassicPocket Watch gives this full-hunter pocket timepiece a sleek modern look. It comes with an elegant black gift box and the case is engravable. A push-button crown at 3 o’clock allows for easy opening and time setting. The inside of the front cover has an ornate guilloche pattern.

The black analog dial has white Arabic numerals at the quarter hours, white indices in between, and silvertone hands. Two subdials keep up with the day and date. A push-button crown at the 3 o’clock position allows easy opening and time setting. It comes with a diamond cut curb chain.

 

Specifications

  • analog dial
  • quartz movement
  • engravable case
  • push-button crown
  • day & date
  • full-hunter
  • case size: 47 mm
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Stuhrling Original Men's Pocket Watch

Stuhrling Original Mens Vintage Mechanical Pocket Watch - Stainless Steel Pocket Watch with Chain Analog Skeleton Watch Hand Wind Mechanical Watch with Clip and Stainless Steel Chain (Silver)

The Stuhrling Men’s Pocket Watch is especially fascinating for collectors and horologists. An integrated hinge allows the pocket watch to open up and sit as a desktop clock. The dual skeleton dial gives a view of the self-winding mechanical movement from all angles. Keep the movement running smoothly by manually winding the onion-style crown. The estimated power reserve is up to 30 hours.

The analog display features a full set of black Roman numerals on an off-white dial giving the pocket watch a vintage look. Both sides of the dial are protected by a Krysterna crystal. The 48 mm brass case comes with a stainless steel chain and clip.

The Stuhrling brand is known for its affordable luxury watches. Founded in New York in 1999, the company was named to honor master watch crafter Max Stuhrling who lived in Switzerland in the late 19th century.

Specifications

  • dual skeleton dial
  • analog display
  • mechanical movement
  • self-winding
  • integrated display hinge
  • Krysterna crystal
  • brass case
  • stainless steel chain
  • case size: 48 mm
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Gotham Men's Railway Style Pocket Watch

Gotham Men's Gold-Plated Stainless Steel Mechanical Hand Wind Railroad Style Pocket Watch # GWC14108G

Pay homage to the railway industry with the open face Gotham Railway Style Pocket Watch. The white analog dial features bold black Arabic numerals, blue hour and minute hands, and a minute tracker around the dial. Five-minute interval numerals are red. A seconds subdial has a tiny blue hand. The dial cover is a slightly domed mineral glass crystal.

The Gotham Railway Pocket Watch has 17-jewel mechanical hand wind movement for time precision. The 49 mm case is gold-plated stainless steel. It’s water-resistant to 30 meters (99 ft). It comes with a deluxe curb chain, gift box, and lifetime warranty.

The Gotham Watch Company specializes in mechanical and quartz watches of high quality at affordable prices.

 

Specifications

  • open face
  • analog dial
  • minute tracker
  • domed mineral glass crystal
  • mechanical movement
  • 17 jewels
  • gold-plated stainless steel case
  • gift box
  • curb chain
  • lifetime warranty
  • water resistance: 30 meters
  • case size: 49 mm
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Best Double Half Hunter

TREEWETO Dream Dragon Skeletal Pocket Watch

Treeweto Antique Bronze Dragon Mechanical Skeleton Pocket Watch with Chain

The fun and fashionable TREEWETO Dream Dragon Pocket Watch has a skeletal design to view the mechanical movement. The double half hunter style is like the hunter style in that it opens to sit as a desktop timepiece. Additionally, the wearer can read the time without opening the case covers.

The analog dial features blue fluorescent hands and Roman numeral indices for ease of reading in low light. The dial cover is shatterproof acrylic. The mechanical hand-wind movement means no need for batteries. Wind it once a day and keep it away from magnetized materials.

The Dream Dragon’s 45 mm case is bronze-tone metal. It comes with a high-quality alloy chain and a gift box.

Specifications

  • analog display
  • double half hunter
  • acrylic lens
  • fluorescent hands & indices
  • mechanical movement
  • bronze tone metal
  • alloy chain
  • gift box
  • case size: 45 mm
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Stuhrling Original Automatic Mechanical Men's Pocket Watch

Stuhrling Orignal Mens Pocket Watch Automatic Watch Skeleton Watches for Men - Rose Gold Pocket Watch - Mechanical Watch with Belt Clip and Chain -Dual Time AM/PM Sun Moon Subdial

Rose goldtone stainless steel, a skeletonized dial, and an exhibition case back enrich the beauty of the Stuhrling Automatic Mechanical Pocket Watch for men. The analog dial has pink fancy-font Arabic numerals at 3, 6, and 9 o’clock and a sun/moon subdial at 12. GMT and dual AM/PM times are displayed.

The open-face Stuhrling Original comes with an integrated hinge so it can double as a desk clock. It runs on Japanese automatic movement. Wind the crown until resistance every 24 to 36 hours. No batteries are needed. It comes with a rose goldtone stainless steel chain and belt clip.

The Stuhrling brand offers a 2-year comprehensive international warranty on all its timepieces.

Specifications

  • automatic mechanical movement
  • skeleton dial
  • analog display
  • rose goldtone stainless steel
  • AM/PM time
  • GMT
  • sun/moon subdial
  • chain & belt clip
  • 2-year warranty
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Best Open Face Pocket Watch

Charles-Hubert Paris 3869 Pocket Watch

Charles-Hubert, Paris 3869-S Classic Collection Antiqued Finish Open Face Mechanical Pocket Watch

The skeletonized open face Charles-Hubert Paris Pocket Watch from the company’s classic collection will be a choice for collectors and a surefire conversation starter for anyone. View the fascinating 17-jewel mechanical movement through the mineral crystal front and case back. The analog dial features black Roman numerals on the chapter ring, delicate blue hands, and a seconds subdial at 6 o’clock.

The 47 mm case is silvertone plated brass with an antique finish. It comes with a matching plated metal watch chain. It has a coin edge and an elegant top and crown. A deluxe gift box is included.

The Charles-Hubert Paris brand has been a major influence in the U.S. watch industry since 1990. Its unprecedented lifetime warranty speaks to exceptional quality at affordable prices.

Specifications

  • open face
  • skeleton dial
  • analog display
  • 17-jewel
  • mechanical movement
  • plated brass case
  • plated metal chain
  • gift box
  • lifetime warranty
  • case size: 47 mm
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ManChDa Steampunk Men's Pocket Watch

ManChDa Steampunk Mechanical Luminous Bronze Skeleton Automatic Mechanical Pocket Watch Open Face Fob for Men

A bronze case and large black Roman numerals give the ManChDa Steampunk open face Pocket Watch a distinctly retro look. The see-through front and back allow viewing of the gears and mechanical movement. Luminous hands make reading the analog dial easier in low light. Minutes are counted with a black needle-style seconds hand, and Arabic numerals around the dial mark 5-minute intervals.

The ManChDa’s mechanical movement is self-winding. Only wind when the watch is low on power after idle use. It comes with a matching chain, instructions manual, microfiber polishing cloth, and a quality gift box.

 

Specifications

  • open face
  • acrylic lens
  • skeleton dial
  • analog display
  • mechanical movement
  • self-winding
  • bronze metal case & chain
  • case size: 49 mm
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