Best Pocket Watches

Review & Comparison, Last Update May 6, 2020
Fashion accessories come and go but pocket watches are not going anywhere. The best pocket watches pay homage to the classic vintage watches without failing to embrace change. These are the watches you'll find on this list. ...Read more ...Read less
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PROS

The 50-mm case has been made from high-strength stainless steel and sealed to make the watch able to survive 100-feet submersion. Besides that, the case protects the watch from dust and moisture. 

CONS

There's no owner's manual for battery replacement. 

OUR VERDICT

The Bulova 96B270 embraces the future without sacrificing the classic timekeeping art that pocket watches are all about. The watch is big, heavy, and clean, less decorated and embellished than most, which means that you do not have to worry about style shifts affecting its dignified appearance.

detailed parameters
Movement

Quartz

Display

Stainless steel case (50 mm) with sapphire dial window 

Functions

3-hand movement with calendar (date) feature 

Extras

Tuning fork logo etched on front cover, Steel chain and clasp, Gift box included

Protection

100-feet water-resistant

Warranty

3 years

PROS

The dual-sided Krysterna™ dial window, made from sapphires, is not only scratch- but also shatter-resistant, much less susceptible to breaks compared to most dial windows. The markers are legible and the printing is crisp and clean.

CONS

The crown becomes stiff eventually. 

OUR VERDICT

The Stuhrling 6053.33113 appeals to the most discriminating tastes yet keeping the price reasonable. The watch, fitted with Breguet-style hands, printed Roman numerals, onion-style crown, and polished rounded bezel, oozes this antique esteem that is hard to define yet easy to justify purchasing.

detailed parameters
Movement

Mechanical (hand-wound)

Display

Stainless steel case (47 mm) with dual-sided Krysterna™ crystal dial window

Functions

3-hand movement

Extras

Skeleton dial, Exhibition caseback, Kickstand, Steel chain and Clasp, Gift box included

Protection

No water resistance 

Warranty

2 years

PROS

The sub-dials located at 3 and 9 o'clock display date and day. The push-down onion-style crown allows you to easily adjust these sub-dials. The crown guard makes the cover quite easy to open too. 

CONS

The clasp is small and might not fit standard jeans' belt loops. 

OUR VERDICT

The Speidel 35503123 will allow you to experiment with different looks and give your wardrobe some vintage flair, enough to make any outfit pop but without becoming the focal point of that outfit. The brushed cover is engravable, so you can add a personal message with an inner ornate guilloche pattern.

detailed parameters
Movement

Quartz

Display

Stainless steel case (47 mm) with mineral glass dial window 

Functions

3-hand movement with calendar (day and date) feature

Extras

Engravable classic brushed cover, Steel chain and clasp, Gift box included 

Protection

No water resistance

Warranty

2 years

PROS

You can use the two covers as kickstands and position the watch upright. Both hands are fluorescent, so you'll be able to tell the time even when the lighting conditions are basically nonexistent. 

CONS

The window is not scratch-resistant. 

OUR VERDICT

The TREEWETO Pocket Watch will fit any three-piece suit, completing the most elegant, dignified outfits. Incorporating different engravings, inscriptions, and interesting patterns, the watch will not just attract but command attention, separating you from even the most sophisticated crowds.

detailed parameters
Movement

Mechanical (hand-wound) 

Display

Metal case (47 mm) with acrylic dial window 

Functions

3-hand movement

Extras

Double cover, Spoondrift carving case, Skeleton dial, Exhibition caseback, Fluorescent hour and minute hands, Steel chain and clasp, Gift box included

Protection

No water resistance

Warranty

Amazon's 30-day return policy

PROS
The clasp has been made from the toughest high-quality alloy, so you will not have to worry about losing this watch because the clasp gives out. The finish makes the timepiece resistant against corrosion and fading.
CONS

The hands are thin and tiny, practically impossible to see in most lighting conditions. 

OUR VERDICT

The weathered, rough appearance makes the SIBOSUN EA-HBH071 look like something that's been found on some sunken 17-century ship and not like an accessory that will cost you 5-6 coffee cups. The steampunk aesthetic also makes the product attractive to cosplayers.

detailed parameters
Movement

Mechanical (hand-wound)

Display

Metal case (47 mm) with acrylic dial window

Functions

3-hand movement

Extras

12-little-window hollow case, Skeleton dial, Exhibition caseback, Steel chain and clasp, Gift box included

Protection

No water resistance

Warranty

Amazon's 30-day return policy

Bulova (96B270)

Embracing the Future Without Denying the Past

The Bulova 96B270 presents a refreshing take on the classic retro look, not too decorated/accessorized yet not too minimalistic and understated too. The cover's etched with this tuning fork logo, adding edge to its otherwise clean profile. The finish is not too rough yet not too polished, giving the model character but without making this timepiece look unrefined. In other words, the watch embraces the future without denying its past.

Appearance aside, the model's future also comes from the 50-mm stainless steel case that's waterproof up to 100 feet, enough to survive temporary submersion and deal with splashes with ease. Plus, the case also protects the mechanisms inside against dust and moisture.

The idea here was to make the watch's face as clean and uncluttered as possible without making the product too basic, hence the tiny little calendar window that shows you the current date.

Where the product somewhat falls down is that the beautiful gift box is not packing an owner's manual, so you'll have to consult the Internet to figure out battery replacement and other maintenance concerns.

Other than that, the Bulova 96B270 is big, heavy, beautifully crafted, and always accurate, maintaining the classic timekeeping art without forgetting to move forward.

Review of Bulova (96B270) Men's Stainless Steel Analog-Quartz Pocket Watch

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Stuhrling (6053.33113)

Vintage Through and Through

The Stuhrling 6053.33113 is vintage through and through. From its Breguet-style hands to printed Roman numerals, the watch oozes antique esteem.

You can start with the Krysterna crystals on the front and back. But you can also forget about these elegant details and pivot right to the push/pull onion-style crown and crown guard, with the knob's spherical shape and vertical grooves resembling an onion, hence the moniker. Besides adding elegance points, the enclosures within the guard will be preventing malfunctions and inaccuracies. The crown becomes stiff eventually though, so setting the time will start taking, pardon, time and effort.

The skeletonized dial and an exhibition caseback reveal and showcase the watch's captivating mechanical movement. The only issue here is that the company's logo, albeit not particularly large, is imprinted on the glass, somewhat defeating the skeletonized dial's purpose.

Everything here revolves around the model's vintage presence aside from the integrated hinge that allows this timepiece to stand upright on flat surfaces.

Without boring you any further with unnecessary details, the Stuhrling 6053.33113 celebrates tradition but also makes sure to keep the watch durable and easy to manage.

Review of Stuhrling (6053.33113) Original Men's Vintage Pocket Watch

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Speidel (35503123)

Adding Vintage Flair

The Speidel 35503123 is less pretentious than most pocket models, which is something that easily makes the product more appealing since pocket watches are pretty out there to begin with, so do you need need to go overboard making them too decorated/embellished. Sure, the watch has its vintage flair and a certain touch of the past but without becoming the outfit's focal point.

You can add a heartfelt engraved message onto the classic brushed cover and make the gift even more intimate and personal. The company also lets you choose between black, silver, silver/blue, silver/black, and black/silver combinations, all attractive in their own right.

As you can tell, the watch comes equipped with day and date sub-dials at 9 and 3 o'clock respectively, making this timepiece more modern-looking and also more functional. The push-down crown button is easy to open and makes these sub-dials easy to adjust. Pocket watches are not complete without chains and clasps. These are present here too, except that the clasp is pretty small and might not fit standard jeans' belt loops.

Apart from this little oversight, the Speidel 35503123 is what we would recommend to people not too committed to the whole pocket watch idea yet looking to experiment and add vintage flair to their wardrobe.

Review of Speidel (35503123) Classic Brushed Satin Engravable Pocket Watch

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TREEWETO Roman Numerals

Not Modest at All

The TREEWETO Pocket Watch is expressive, to say the least. As you can probably infer from the pictures, the watch is not trying to be subtle, at all. Quite the opposite, this timepiece goes all out, committing to the vintage aesthetic with various little etchings, engravings, inscriptions, patterns, you name the technique. The watch has undeniable style, we can probably agree there, from the Spoondrift carved case to the pompous crown.

Fashion accessory? Sure, but a practical one too. To that end, the watch comes adopting two covers, so you can use them as kickstands and position this timepiece upright on any flat surface. The exhibition caseback hides the skeletonized dial, which, in turn, reveals the watch's smooth mechanical movement.

The acrylic window protects the dial but not as much as you'd expect because it is not as scratch-resistant as faces made with sapphires. Still, considering the price, the window is good enough. What's also good enough is the model's fluorescent hour and minute hands, making the markings readable even during nighttime.

Long story short, the TREEWETO Pocket Watch is not humble, not modest, not meek at all, and there's something attractive about that, something that makes you want to pay the more-than-reasonable price.

Review of TREEWETO Roman Numerals Men's Mechanical Skeleton Pocket Watches

 

SIBOSUN (EA-HBH071)

Weathered and Venerable

The SIBOSUN EA-HBH071 looks weathered and crude, rough and rustic, and we're not using these descriptions as negative statements, not one bit. You cannot tell that this product costs less than 25 bucks and was produced during this century. The timepiece looks more antique than most antiques, more vintage than even the most expensive vintage accessories.

Even more, the 12-little-window hollow case makes this watch unique and also allows you to tell the time without opening the case. That being said, the hands are thin and tiny, virtually impossible to see in most lighting conditions, so you'll have to open the case more often than not anyway.

On the bright side, the exhibition caseback and the watch's skeletonized dial reveals the most gorgeous bronze mechanisms inside this timepiece, making this product even more elegant.

Not unlike most pocket watches, the model's fitted with a steel chain and clasp but here, despite the modest price tag, they have been crafted from tough metals, so the clasp will not start giving out with time. Also, the finish makes these accessories and the case resistant to corrosion and fading.

Bottom line, the SIBOSUN EA-HBH071 has more character than most fashion accessories and about as much classic elegance yet costs less than most cheap watches.

Review of SIBOSUN (EA-HBH071) Skeleton Pocket Watch

 

What Is a Pocket Watch?

Pocket watches attract attention, start conversations, command respect, ooze elegance, add charisma points, and turn any outfit around. This one accessory is enough to separate you from any crowd, despite the dress code, despite the scene, despite the occasion. Pocket watches celebrate tradition but also are not afraid to embrace the change.

Sure, with smartphones, watches are not necessary these days. But smartphones do not look as charming as pocket watches. They cannot add this vintage touch to any ensemble, from expensive three-piece suits to otherwise basic attires.

Besides, you probably reckon that these old-fashioned accessories are expensive but, nowadays, you can purchase gorgeous pocket timepieces between at as low as 25 bucks. Despite the affordable price, these models all come fitted with chains and clasps because pocket watches are not complete without them. Besides that, the construction and the footprint will depend on the product, from skeletonized dials with exhibition casebacks to various itchings, engravings, inscriptions, and more.

Cosplayers will find steampunk pocket watches especially attractive, not unlike these awesome steampunk goggles that we've also reviewed. Where aesthetics are concerned, these 3D wooden puzzles might also attract the same crowd.

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Publish Date: 2020-05-06 17:07:02