Antique pocket watches are some of the most intricate pieces of equipment that man has created, and are great for collecting as antiques. There have been a multitude of brands and types of watches over the years, comprised of different materials and all varying in value, which can make starting a collection difficult. Pocket watches are made up of two major components called the watch movement and watch case. The case is the exterior of the pocket watch, usually made of a precious metal and the watch movement is the inside of the watch, and contains all the pieces that make it tick.
These antique Filipiniana pocket watches can range in price from anywhere to less than 15,000 to 100,000 pesos in value depending on the intricacy of the design and brand of the watch. Some of these imported brands found here are Omega, Elgin, Longines and other Swiss watches. Starting an antique pocket watch collection is not only potentially lucrative, but can be an incredibly fulfilling and enjoyable hobby.
There’s a wealth of knowledge about different Filipiniana watches that you can buy. Mostly stores carrying their name on the face, are the most popular and sought after. Estrella Del Norte, Geislammer Bros. and Felix Ullmann & Co. were some of the stores that sold these pocket watches. They were popular among Filipino gentlemen and were a fashion fad at the turn-of-the-century. Most shops selling these pocket watches were in Escolta, a commercial district with stores and boutiques selling imported goods from Japan, US, and Europe.
|ESTRELLA DEL NORTE, OMEGA, Manila-Iloilo.|
|MERIDIAN GREILSAMMER BROS. Manila with Andres Bonifacio's |
Balintawak Monument engraving at the back.
Poem of Rizal engraved at the inside back cover.
|ELGIN Watch with Jose Rizal's profile lightly engraved on the back cover|
|LONGINES GREILSAMMER BROS. Manila with the rare|
Gen. Aguinaldo's Revolutionary BIAK NA BATO fob (Melvin Lam Collection)
|MERIDIAN GREILSAMMER BROS. Manila with intricate back cover design |
(Melvin Lam Collection)
|MERIDIAN GREILSAMMER BROS. with Spanish and US Philippine coins fob. |
(Melvin Lam Collection)
|Rizaliana pocket watches and other memorabilia (Mon Villegas Collection)|
|La Estrella del Norte advertisement selling pocket watches, jewelries and other luxury items|
|Although these Marcos wristwatches are not pocket watches, they have become popular among watch collectors.|