Watches n’ Such

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This site has been on line for over 15 years and has sold hundreds of watches to people from all over the world. I am proud to have dealt with many repeat customers, and have even made several friends over the years as well. Being a collector myself (this is my hobby not my business) I realize the importance of finding an affordable timepiece that catches your eye, so I have many interesting and affordable watches for sale, and am always on the look out for additional interesting pieces.

Selling, Collecting, Restoring, Researching and Buying
(Wristwatches, Pocket Watches and Clocks)

 Welcome to Watches n’ Such

Pocket watches are one of the most enjoyable and collectable timepieces because of the wide range of styles and affordable prices. Obviously, there are some models that command sky-high prices (not on this site), but for the most part you can always find an affordable piece.

Timeless Timepieces

This site offers a wide range of wristwatches from all eras. Most are affordable and can be worn daily or displayed in a collection. The listings change quite frequently as pieces are being sold and new ones are being listed.

All Eras: Something for Everyone

This site specializes in antique, vintage and modern wristwatches and pocket watches from the mid-1800s to present. The selection of watches for sale includes manual wind and automatic watches in various styles ranging from World War 1 Trench, Wire-Lug, World War 2, Military, Fancy Lug and Case, Art Nouveau, Art Deco, Mid-Century, Retro-Mod, Divers, 1960s and 1970s eras in Stainless Steel, Sterling Silver, White, Yellow and Rose Gold Cases (solid, filled and plated.) The site offers some brand new modern quartz and automatic styles as well...some of these newer styles are as nice as ‘yesteryears’!  The listings change quite frequently so it is possible you can find the piece you are looking for in the near future, or maybe a deal you can’t pass up, so stop on by as often as you like. Additionally you will find a lot of information on clocks from different periods, origins and types. I am an active member of the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors NAWCC. Feel free to contact me with any questions or comments and thanks for visiting this site!

It is always an intriguing story regarding how a person became interested in collecting items. I started out collecting wristwatches and they led me to shows where clocks were displayed. At first I was not interested in clocks, but all of a sudden I started to admire them and one day I bought an antique piece and my interest in collecting began.

A passing glance that turned into a collecting hobby

Clocks, Clocks and More Clocks...

Most people heard of the “Pennsylvania” clock (a.k.a. the Grandfather Clock). What is not common knowledge is the excellent and diverse 18th and 19th century clockmakers from the Lebanon County, Pennsylvania area. Get introduced to the stories of the known clockmakers from this area and era, their interesting and diverse backgrounds, and view a growing collection of pictures of their surviving clocks and mechanical movements.

A research project in process

Lebanon County, PA Clocks and Clockmakers

Wristwatches for Sale

As a watch collector some companies and brands just attract you. Over the years I have become a ‘Generalist Collector’ so I can collect almost anything that catches my eye or current interests (it keeps the fun in it...)

Browse at a Watch Collection

Watch Collection

The GMK-Fancher Clock Company (1979-1987) was short lived, but their attention to detail and high-quality workmanship was admirable and will never be forgotten by clock collectors around the world. Read about this intriguing company and see pictures of their clocks.

 Out-of-Business but not Forgotten

GMK-Fancher Clock Company

In today’s vintage wristwatch market their are several companies that can be considered ‘sleepers’ because of their high-quality and sometimes scare timepieces that can still be purchased at reasonable prices....

Best Quality for the Money

Vintage Wristwatch “Sleepers”

Pocket Watches for Sale

 Adventures in Watchmaking

Roger W. Riehl - Inventor of the World’s First Solar-Powered Wristwatch (Synchronar)

36 Of The Most Ingenious & Unique Watches You'll Ever See

 Discover Clocks

Watches & Clocks
 “In The News”

New Takes on Old-Time
Pocket Watches

Hamilton - Grenadier II

In Case You’d Like to Know

Watch and Clock Topics

Watch & Clock Collecting Tips

Guide to Starting a Watch Collection

Clock Collecting and Repairing Essentials

Low Budget Watch Guide

Serious Watch Collecting on a Budget

How to Build a Basic Watch Collection

Common Mistakes Watch Collectors Make

JoAnn Schock’s Hand Painted Clock Dials

Why a $10 Casio Keeps Better Time Than a $10,000 Rolex

The Smartwatch

The Smartwatch Revolution has Developers, Manufacturers and Marketers Scrambling for New Concepts

Interpretation of a Pocket Watch made of Walrus Ivory by a Native Inupiaq Alaskan

This Interesting Artifact is on display at  the University of Alaska, Fairbanks - Museum of the North

The Inupiaq, or Alaskan Inuit, is a group of hunter-gatherers that live in Northern and Northwestern Alaska and speak the Inupiat language (a member of the Eskimo languages.) They are known for walrus ivory carvings. This example is an artistic interpretation of a Pocket Watch. It is roughly the same size as an 18 size Pocket Watch and is hand carved from walrus ivory. The etchings are filled in with ink and it originally had wooden hour and minute hands attached to its centrally located wooden arbor. It is quite interesting to note that the Roman numerals at the 6, 7, 9, 11 and 12 o’clock positions are not accurately inscribed. It doesn’t have any native Inupiaq cultural significance so it was most likely made to be sold, or traded, to a tourist or collector. The museum label description is Pocket Watch, Siqieburaq, Walrus Ivory, Ink, Wood, Inqpiaq, Legislative Fund Purchase, UA83-003-0040.

Dick Tracy’s 2-Way Wrist Radio was introduced to the comic strip on January 13, 1946 - it was this character’s most recognizable icon. The concept was science fiction until the commercially available models of the Smartwatch with cellular phone connectivity was released. (Obviously, the looks and functionality of the 2-Way Wrist Radio was the inspiration for today’s Smartwatches.)

The ‘Inspiration’ for the Smartwatch (1946)

Hamilton Pulsar P1  ‘First All-Electronic LED Digital Smartwatch’ (1972)

The Hamilton Pulsar P1 was the first watch with no moving parts as it functioned with microelectronics and an integrated circuit (IC). It was hailed as a "Time-Computer" using "Space-Age" technology. It cost $2100 when it was released (the price of a car at the time.) The Smartwatch era began with the Hamilton Pulsar P1 more than 40 years ago. Not many of these historic watches survived (mainly due to the melting down of their 18K gold cases) and are now worth between $10,000 and $20,000 to collectors and museums.


The Gen 1 ‘Pebble Smartwatch’  Created Mainstream Interest (2013)

The Pebble Smartwatch (Generation 1) was released in July 2013 and is credited for creating mainstream interest in the Smartwatch. Developers and manufacturers such as Samsung, Sony and Motorola soon released comparable models and the Smartwatch Revolution was underway. Keeping up with the times Pebble released their 2nd Generation (Peeble Time) in May 2015, and their 3rd generation (Pebble Time Round) in September 2015. This technology is now changing faster than the seasons...

For more information on the history, current events and future of the modern marvel that is the Smartwatch visit this site’s On-Line Smartwatch Museum.


See and Read More

Read the article: Development of the Smartwatch (a Modern Wrist-Worn Timepiece) From 1972 through 2015 which documents the history of the Smartwatch from its humble beginnings in the early 1970s through 2015.


Watches in the News

Microbrands: The Smart Start-Ups of the Watch World

Most expensive watch ever sold at auction fetches $11 million

The Best Smartwatches of 2016

18 Best Automatic Watches (Nov 2016) Under $500 for Men

Since the appearance of early commercially designed wrist-worn timepieces (starting with ladies’ bracelet watches in the 1800s), many factors have influenced wristwatch styles such as wars, fads, art movements, technology, and economic conditions. This six-part series explores the historical progression of many wristwatch styles and reviews many of the characteristics that have developed since the 1800s. Before World War I, watch manufacturers in countries including Switzerland, England, and the United States were producing wristwatches in small quantities for a limited customer base. Wristwatches gained worldwide mainstream popularity following World War I, and production quantities steadily increased until they surpassed pocket watch production in the early 1930s. With the proliferation of cell phone usage starting in the 1990s, wristwatch popularity seemed to be in decline. Since 2013, however, Smartwatch popularity has helped put wrist-worn timepieces, of various and unprecedented styles, back in the mainstream, offering stylish models that appeal to all ages.

PART 1 - 1800s to 1919 – Bracelet Watches, World War 1, and the Birth of the Wristwatch

PART 2 - 1920 to 1939 – Art Deco, Smaller is Better and Technology Advancements

PART 3 - 1940 to 1959 – World War II, the Sci-Fi Craze and Electric Wristwatches

PART 4 - 1960 to 1979 - The Bulova Accutron, Mod Era, Quartz Revolution and Multiple Technologies (LED, Solar, and LCD)

PART 5 - 1980 to 1999 - The Swatch, Fashion Watches, Multifunctions and the Mechanical Revival

PART 6 - 2000 to 2018 - Mechanical Revival Continues, Quartz Remains Dominant, Larger is Better, Smartwatches go Mainstream and the Apple Watch Arrives

Progression of Wristwatch Styles: From Bracelet Watches to Smartwatches

6 Part Wristwatch History Series Published in the Clock & Watch Bulletin