What To Look for in an Antique Pocket Watch

What To Look for in an Antique Pocket Watch

When setting out to buy an interesting and unique timepiece, one of the best options is an antique pocket watch. These stylish and attractive pieces are timeless additions to any wardrobe. Discover what to look for in an antique pocket watch.


Style is one of the most important things to consider when shopping for an antique pocket watch or any other antique fine jewelry. This is a piece you will use for years to come. It is important that the pocket watch fits your personal style. It is a statement piece that should stand out yet complement your typical outfit. Before beginning the search for your perfect pocket watch, survey your closet and determine your metal and style of choice.

Documentation or Information

Any antique fine jewelry or watches should include some form of information or documentation certifying authenticity. There are also a few ways to double-check for yourself. Many antique pocket watches include a manufacturer logo or name embossed on the watch dial. You may also find the name of the watchmaker near the serial number. The serial number helps you identify the year the watch was made, and the watchmaker’s name proves authenticity and worth.

Signs of Issues or Repair

Many antique pocket watches are quite old. Sometimes watches can break or malfunction due to timeworn parts. This is not a deal-breaker, but it does mean that you may need to consider the costs of future repair when purchasing.

Take caution in acquiring a watch that has a cracked dial, as this cannot be repaired, and if it is replaced, it may lower the value of the watch. Avoid purchasing a watch with an existing cracked or broken crystal. The crystal protects the mechanism of the watch from the elements. If the crystal is cracked or broken, the watch may have unseen internal damage as a result.

Remember that most antique pocket watches have been running well, in some cases, for hundreds of years. They are built to last and be passed from generation to generation.

Discovering what to look for in an antique pocket watch is a fun journey, and finally finding the perfect pocket watch is rewarding and exciting. Get started on your search with Solvang Antiques. Browse our online selection of quality antique pocket watches.

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