The Pocket Watch Database
July 11, 2016 7:49 AM   Subscribe

Dive down the rabbit hole of vintage (American) pocket watches with the Pocket Watch Database.
posted by jedicus (6 comments total) 14 users marked this as a favorite
Oh, that's DANGEROUS!
posted by xingcat at 7:55 AM on July 11, 2016

Reminds me about this article on Gandhi's pocket watch. In 2009 one of his watches and some other possessions were sold for $1.8 million dollars at auction.
posted by seasparrow at 7:57 AM on July 11, 2016

There are some really beautiful examples. I could lost on that site for hours.
posted by nickthetourist at 9:52 AM on July 11, 2016

Thanks for this, we have a few kicking around that belonged to my grandfather (career Rock Island Line) and wondered if they were worth anything.
posted by TWinbrook8 at 11:11 AM on July 11, 2016

These are fantastic. Pocket watches are something I know very little about but I really admire them. I've never had a pocket watch and I'd like to get one but I feel like if I got one I'd soon have 30 and I can't afford that kind of habit.
posted by Clinging to the Wreckage at 11:44 AM on July 11, 2016

I went down this rabbit hole last year with an inherited late-19th c pocketwatch. The machinery itself is just amazing, so small and precise it's almost hard to believe it's hand work and that these were everywhere for such a long time. Also it's one of those fun domains where - the pocketwatch collectors are organized and it's a great world to delve into.
posted by LobsterMitten at 9:28 PM on July 11, 2016

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