Affordable Pocket Watch Guide: 15 Picks for Under $1,500


Pocket watches are a lost art. Featuring a style of yesteryear, it’s not as convenient as a wristwatch, but it adds a classic flair to any outfit. It has a certain aura of traditionalism: having one means you respect tradition and what it has done for the watch movement.

A true watch aficionado should have a pocket watch in their collection us here at Gracious Watch help you add one to your suit pocket.’


Product name Price
Bernex BN22301- Men's Pocket Watch Bernex BN22301- Men's Pocket Watch $799.00
BN22307 - Rose Gold Plated - Full Hunter - Mechanical Movement - Roman Dial - Textured Dial BN22307 - Rose Gold Plated - Full Hunter - Mechanical Movement - Roman Dial - Textured Dial --
Bulova Men's Quartz Stainless Steel Pocket Watch, Color:White (Model: 96B270) Bulova Men's Quartz Stainless Steel Pocket Watch, Color:White (Model: 96B270) $123.90
Catorex Men's 170.1.1810.121 La Pautele Palladium Brass White Dial Pocket Watch Catorex Men's 170.1.1810.121 La Pautele Palladium Brass White Dial Pocket Watch --
Charles-Hubert, Paris 3972-G Premium Collection Analog Display Mechanical Hand Wind Pocket Watch Charles-Hubert, Paris 3972-G Premium Collection Analog Display Mechanical Hand Wind Pocket Watch --
Mondaine Men's A660.30349.16SBB Savonnette II Steel Band Watch Mondaine Men's A660.30349.16SBB Savonnette II Steel Band Watch $218.55
ORIENT "Epoch" Manual Winding Power Reserve Pocket Watch DD00001W ORIENT "Epoch" Manual Winding Power Reserve Pocket Watch DD00001W --
Rapport London Oxford Full Hunter Retrograde Pocket Watch - Silver Plated Rapport London Oxford Full Hunter Retrograde Pocket Watch - Silver Plated --
SEIKO Train watch white SVBR003 SEIKO Train watch white SVBR003 $247.75
Stuhrling Original Mens Vintage Mechanical Pocket Watch - Stainless Steel Analog Skeleton Hand Wind Mechanical Watch with Belt Clip Stainless Steel Chain 6053.33113 Stuhrling Original Mens Vintage Mechanical Pocket Watch - Stainless Steel Analog Skeleton Hand Wind Mechanical Watch with Belt Clip Stainless Steel Ch... $84.95
Tissot Bridgeport Pocket Mechanical Skeleton T8594051927300 Tissot Bridgeport Pocket Mechanical Skeleton T8594051927300 $1,150.00
Tissot Savonnette Mechanical Golden Brass Pocket Watch T83445113 Tissot Savonnette Mechanical Golden Brass Pocket Watch T83445113 $650.00
Tissot Savonnettes Stainless Steel Pocket Watch T83655313 Tissot Savonnettes Stainless Steel Pocket Watch T83655313 $198.00
Victorinox Swiss Army 241461 Alarm 2010 Silver Dial Pocket Watch Victorinox Swiss Army 241461 Alarm 2010 Silver Dial Pocket Watch --
ZIIIRO Titan Pocket Watch Chrome ZIIIRO Titan Pocket Watch Chrome --

Five Picks Under $500

Seiko SVBR003

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Specifications

Movement: Quartz
Diameter: 50mm
Crystal: Mineral
Water resistance: Unknown

Coming from Japan is a Seiko train watch. Featuring classical hour indices, the cursive numerals solidify the status of a pocket watch being a classical accessory. Featuring a stainless steel case, this is a more subdued version of dressy piece in contrast to your typical gold casing.

It has a braided rope watch chain and different from the traditional gold chain as well.

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Charles-Hubert, Paris 3972-GSeiko SVBR003

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Specifications

Movement: Mechanical
Diameter: 53mm
Crystal: Mineral
Water resistance: 0m

This example is Charles-Hubert, which is not a big brand marquee but offers unparalleled service such as lifetime warranty. The 3972-G has an exhibitionist face and a second subdial, which are main features of a traditional museum-style pocket watch. More traditional than the Seiko example, this one is a good example without paying too much money.

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Stuhrling Original 6053.33113

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Specifications

Movement: Mechanical
Diameter: 48mm
Crystal: Krysterna
Water resistance: 0m

Another example is from Sthurling Original, which is known for giving customers no-frills timepieces. This is another mechanical example, with a simple steel case and exhibitionist watch face. Keeping up with traditionalism, the hour markers are in roman numerals and there are subtle details such as a well-designed crown at 12 o’clock and a multi-layered steel case.

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Bulova Classic 96B270

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Specifications

Movement: Quartz
Diameter: 50mm
Crystal: Sapphire
Water resistance: 30m

Bulova is a fine manufacturer and this piece from their Classic collection is a more modern look on a traditional piece.

Featuring Arabic hour markers and a more subdued design than earlier examples, this Bulova has more contemporary design and is less outlandish. Different from other examples as well, as this Bulova has a dependable quartz movement.

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Tissot Savonnettes T83655313

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Specifications

Movement: Quartz
Diameter: 49mm
Crystal: Mineral
Water resistance: 30m

This example from Tissot is a mix of both. Featuring traditional roman numeral hour markers and a modern quartz movement, this has a fair compromise of modern internals in a traditional package. I like it.

This has a different flair from the Bulova example, and would be a good contender for your first pocket watch.

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Five Picks Between $500 and $1,000

Tissot Savonnette Mechanical T83445113

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Specifications

Movement: Hand-wind mechanical
Diameter: 49mm
Crystal: Mineral
Water resistance:  None

Continuing from the Tissot collection, this is a higher-up Savonnette featuring a fully mechanical movement. Featuring a gold case and traditional roman numeral indices, there are more design cues in this piece, especially if you focus on the hour and minute hands. It could be similar straight-line arms, but Tissot added more to it, and they didn’t have to. I like it.

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Orient Epoch DD00001W

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Specifications

Movement: Mechanical
Diameter: 40mm
Crystal: Sapphire
Water resistance: 0m

As you move up in price, more quality examples pop up on your radar, such as this Japanese-made Orient Epoch. Featuring a railway-style setup, this has a traditional layout with a 40 hour power reserve gauge at 9 o’clock.

With a checkered texture watch face, it adds some oomph to an otherwise mundane, yet trustworthy piece.

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Mondaine A660.30349.16SBB

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Specifications

Movement: Quartz
Diameter: 51mm
Crystal: Mineral
Water resistance: 0m

As the official Swiss Railways timekeeper, Mondaine has created an iconic face with their design. Bold, dark hour indices, with a red lollipop second hand is pure Swiss railway design. Now you can have it in your pocket! With a quartz movement, you don’t have to worry about winding but just what time the next train will be coming so you don’t miss it.

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ZIIIRO Titan

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Specifications

Movement: Digital
Diameter: 48mm
Crystal: Mineral
Water resistance: 0m

Here’s a little funky number Ziiro. Called the Titan, it’s a different and fun way on how to read time. Based on a pure digital layout and while it may have a high learning curve, it’s just habit and then it’ll become like clockwork.

If you wanted something truly modern and unique, then the Titan is a good source for inspiration.

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Rapport London Oxford

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Specifications

Movement: Quartz
Diameter: 52mm
Crystal: Mineral
Water resistance: 0m

For more than 100 years, Rapport is a small, bespoke manufacturer and has created timepieces and apparel online. This particular example stood out because the ‘Oxford’ not only has a second subdial, but also a day/date indicator. It’s a little busier than the earlier examples, but a great example nonetheless.

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Five Picks Between $1,000 and $1,500

Catorex 170.1.1810.121

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Specifications

Movement: Automatic
Diameter: 48mm
Crystal: Mineral
Water resistance: 0m

Started in 1858, Catorex has Swiss beginnings and the La Pautele is an oversized example of Swiss traditionalism. Featuring railway-style numbers and luminous markers, it has an aura of Americana. Featuring a second subdial at 6 o’clock, it’s great example of traditional piece.

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Bernex BN22301

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Specifications

Movement: Mechanical
Diameter: 51mm
Crystal: Acrylic
Water resistance: 0m

Next up is Bernex, which is a pure Swiss-made pocket watch company, and we’ll have 2 fine examples for you. This is the first one with the BN22301. Featuring a polished case and a simple traditional face, the mechanical example is Swiss engineering to a tee.

Featuring a crown at 12 o’clock and legible face, it’s a great heirloom-to-be.

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Bernex BN22307

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Specifications

Movement: Mechanical
Diameter: 53mm
Crystal: Acrylic
Water resistance: 0m

This next example of Bernex is slightly bigger, and different design from the earlier piece. Featuring a hunter case and textured face, this has more elegance but for the price range that you can afford. Hand polished case shows great craftsmanship that can’t be bought anywhere else.

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Tissot Bridgeport T8594051927300

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Specifications

Movement: Mechanical
Diameter: 37mm
Crystal: Mineral
Water resistance: 0m

With a 48 hour power reserve and a double opening case, you can see the time and the movement if you wish. However, the front has a visible skeleton face if you want to glance at the masterpiece it’s housing. Tissot is known for creating stellar pieces and the Bridgeport is no exception.

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Victorinox Travel Alarm 241461

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Specifications

Movement: Quartz
Diameter: 52mm
Crystal: Sapphire
Water resistance: 30m

With this example, it’s a more rugged example of traditional pocket watch with slight water resistance. Designed by the same company that creates Swiss Army knives, this Victorinox is rugged and dependable.

Meant as a travel watch, it has an alarm function as well as a rugged clasp protector. It’s built to last and definitely not your grandfather’s example.

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