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It all began in 16th century Europe, where the very first timepieces were created and for the first time, people had a reliable time-telling device that they could keep on their person. The very first pocket watch was made by Peter Henlein in 1510 and in the same century, a few Italian watchmakers began to design and fabricate pocket watches. While somewhat unreliable, the early pocket watch soon became a symbol of wealth and as you would expect, the timepieces underwent development, with many watchmakers creating their own design. Very early examples are rare to find, most are sitting in museums around the world.
In the 17th and 18th centuries, the French watchmakers created ornate, finely worked timepieces, which were warmly received in the French courts, while the Dutch, German and British were making more functional timepieces. Jewels began to be used in the movements, while oil was introduced as lubrication and in the mid-16th century, second hands began to appear. The first pocket watches began to be slimmer, as the skill of the watchmaker developed, with intricate components fashioned by hand.
In the 20th century, watchmakers began to use certification, building reputations that had rich aristocrats commission timepieces and with the arrival of the wristwatch, the pocket watch finally had some competition. If you are looking for a vintage pocket watch for sale, search for an online antique dealer, who would have a fine selection of genuine antique pocket watches, all at affordable prices.
In the 19th century, the following were well-known watchmakers:
- Ulysse Nardin
If you would like to learn more about the finest watchmakers of any particular era, Google is your best friend and when you are ready to find the right timepiece, the online antique dealer has you covered.
Rare & Very Valuable
If you were able to find a 16th-century pocket watch that is for sale, expect to pay a high price, especially if it is one of the necklace-style timepieces, which are extremely rare. Most experts agree that the finest antique pieces are from the 18th and 19th centuries and you can acquire an antique pocket watch from the online antique dealer.
Sourcing Genuine Antique First Pocket Watches
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Regardless of the period, you have in mind, the antique dealer would have a network of other dealers and can likely source-specific timepieces, should you have a special request. Serious collectors maintain relationships with leading antique dealers, as this helps them find certain pieces. Many of the collectors started out with a single timepiece and their interest grew. If, after 10-15 years, you have amassed a collection of pocket watches, your collection would be quite valuable.
If you are interested in acquiring a pocket watch to wear, check out the online antique dealer and view their entire catalog. Once you find what you are looking for, a secure online payment will see the timepiece packaged and despatched by courier to your home address.