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Our collection of pocket watches

With our interactive online collection, online visitors discover the breadth and depth of our amazing collections. Shown here are several pocket watches, similar yet each unique in detail.

A Buffalo Bill Center of the West Virtual Exhibit
Curated by: NancyM


1.69.310A
watch | gold
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Exhibit notes: Gold, engraved with illustration of Buffalo Bill hunting. The star of our "Points West" cover, fall/winter 2014, this watch was given to Buffalo Bill by King Edward VII.

Museum record: 1.69.310A | ca. 1890 | Diameter: 2.25 in, oval length: 1.25 in, oval width: .875 in | Engraved on other side: WFC, Printed on face: Leopola Haguenin/Lode | Gold Watch (A) engraved on one side with illustration of Buffalo Bill hunting buffalo. Watch inside front white face with black roman numerals. Back contains B & W photograph of young girl - possibly Irma -. Gift to Buffalo Bill from King Edward VII. | 1.69.310a.jpg | 1.69.310ab.jpg | 1.69.310VIEW1.JPG | 1.69.310VIEW2.JPG | numerals | Buffalo Bill | black Roman | illustration | buffalo | watch | gold

1.69.5680
Waltham | pocket watch | ena...
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Exhibit notes: 7-jewel silver open Waltham, ca. 1904

Museum record: 1.69.5680 | ca. 1904 | H: 3.125 in, width: 2.25 in, depth: .875 in | Gift of Charles E. and Margaret C. Humberger | back: C H (by hand) | 7 jewel large silver open pocket watch. Thick glass over face.Striated band around face glass. Face is white enamel with black numbers and minute marks. Red minute numbers. Inset face for seconds face. C H engraved by hand in black. Stem top is ribbed with circular ring. | 2021 | 1.69.5680.JPG | pocket watch | enamel | glass | silver | Waltham

1.69.5677
Illinois | Waltham | pocket ...
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Exhibit notes: 5-jewel white gold, ca. 1919

Museum record: 1.69.5677 | ca. 1919 | H: 2.125 in, width: 1.75 in, depth: .375 in | Gift of Charles E. and Margaret C. Humberger | face: WALTHAM | 5 jewel squared round white gold pocket watch with open face. Metal face with black numbers and minute marks. Inset face for seconds. Floral bands around face and edge, checkered back with blank initial diamond. Stem is ribbed dome, ring is squared and engraved, close to stem top. | 3753626 | 1.69.5677.JPG | Diamond | floral | pocket watch | White | 14kt | metal | glass | gold | Illinois | Waltham

1.69.158
pocket watch | chain | silve...
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Exhibit notes: Seth Thomas, engraved silver back cover, fob set with blue and gold, allegedly give by Buffalo Bill to his cousin N.A. Cody

Museum record: 1.69.158 | Diameter: 2.5 in, chain length: 11 in | White face printed: SETH THOMAS, FC/B, Inside back cover stamped: KEYSTONE/LEADER/COIN/450505 | Pocket watch, engraved silver back cover, black roman numerals and inset second timer, gold chain with square goldstone fob set with blue and gold fraternal emblem with initials: FC/B. Allegedly given to N.A. Cody, Buffalo Bill's cousin, by Buffalo Bill. | 1.69.158v2.jpg | 1.69.158v1.jpg | black Roman | numerals | pocket watch | chain | silver | gold

1.69.1987
American Waltham Watch Co. |...
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Exhibit notes: Open-face, pink gold with star and feather pattern

Museum record: 1.69.1987 | Diameter: 1.875 in, chain length: 13.5 in, H: 2.875 in | Gift of Mrs. Zack T. Sutley | Printed at top center: American/Waltham/W. Co. [Stamped inside back cover:] WALTHAM/292563. [Stamped inside case back:] 292563 [Works stamped and engraved:] 4223812/SAFETY PINION/American Waltham Watch Co. | Pocket watch, open face. Pink gold case with overall star and feather pattern, center back design is a black scroll hanging from a branch with flowers and leaves bordering it. White enamel face with black Roman numerals and minute marks, inset second timer at 6 o'clock. Printing at top center, stamped inscription inside back cover, stamped inside case back, stamped and engraved inscription on works. Attached to watch is a man's chain with oblong links. | 1.69.1987.JPG | 1.69.1987.JPG | scroll | foliate | feather | floral | star | pocket watch | pink gold | stamped | enamel | engraved | American Waltham Watch Co.

1.69.6376
Elgin National Watch Company...
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Exhibit notes: Gold, 1885

Museum record: 1.69.6376 | 1885 | H: 3 in, Diameter: 2 in, depth: .375 in | Gift from the Howard family, in memory of Howell H. Howard | l.42.86.16.jpg | l.42.86.16v2.jpg | pocket watch | gold | Elgin National Watch Company, Elgin, Illinois

1.69.5688
pocket watch chain | gold | ...
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Exhibit notes: 10-karat gold watch chain with squared links

Museum record: 1.69.5688 | Gift of Charles E. and Margaret C. Humberger | 10 kt gold watch chain with squarish links, and rounded teardrop clasp at one end, circular clasp at other end. Teardrop clasp has some discoloration to silver at base. | 1.69.5688.JPG | pocket watch chain | gold | 10kt

1.69.5687
pocket watch chain | silver
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Exhibit notes: Silver watch chain with square faceted links

Museum record: 1.69.5687 | Gift of Charles E. and Margaret C. Humberger | Silver watch chain, has square, faceted links, a delicate, slightly curved fob. Long, basket like clasp at other end. | 1.69.5687.JPG | pocket watch chain | silver

1.69.5686
Remontoia | Ancre | pocket w...
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Exhibit notes: 15-jewel silver, cows and a house engraved on back

Museum record: 1.69.5686 | H: 3.625 in, width: 2.5 in, depth: .625 in | Gift of Charles E. and Margaret C. Humberger | inside back cover: 0.800/E.P./72111 [back of watch:] ANCRE/15/RUBIS/REMONTOIA/Ligne Scoite/SPIRAL BREGUET/LEVEES VISIBLES | 15 jewel large silver pocket watch with open face and back cover, which opens. Stem ring and top are different metal. Cows/house engraved on back. Ornate copper-colored hands on face. Face is white enamel with black Roman numerals and minute marks. Inset face for seconds. Stem is ribbed, ring is oval. | 72111 | 1.69.5686view1.JPG | 1.69.5686view2.JPG | cows | pocket watch | enamel | silver | glass | Remontoia | Ancre

1.69.5685
pocket watch | silver | enam...
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Exhibit notes: Small, silver, with floral and shield designs

Museum record: 1.69.5685 | H: 2.125 in, width: 1.75 in, depth: .5 in | Gift of Charles E. and Margaret C. Humberger | inside front cover: 173026 [inside back cover: 173026 | Small silver pocket watch with front and back covers that open. Covers are engraved with a floral /shield design, (shield is blank) Silver is tarnished. Watch face is missing glass. White enamel face with black Roman numerals and minute marks. Inset face for seconds. Stem top is worn, stem ring is missing. Worn striated band around edge. | 173026 | 1.69.5685.JPG | floral | pocket watch | silver | enamel

1.69.5684
Westclox | Pocket Ben | pock...
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Exhibit notes: Luminous dial "Pocket Ben"

Museum record: 1.69.5684 | ca. 1950 | H: 2.25 in, width: 1.875 in, depth: .625 in | Gift of Charles E. and Margaret C. Humberger | face: Westclox/POCKET BEN/ MADE IN USA | Luminous dial Pocket Ben pocket watch with open face. Face is black metal with light yellow numbers and minute marks and hands (luminous). Inset dial for seconds. Face plastic has a large cigarette burn, approximately 1/2 to 3/4 inch long. Stem ring is squared, and close to stem. | 1.69.5684.JPG | pocket watch | nickel | plastic | enamel | Westclox | Pocket Ben

1.69.5681
Elgin Natl. Watch Co. | Dueb...
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Exhibit notes: 15-jewel, silver with simple striated decoration

Museum record: 1.69.5681 | ca. 1885-90 | H: 3.25 in, width: 2.125 in, depth: .75 in | Gift of Charles E. and Margaret C. Humberger | inside front cover: DUEBER/COIN/316244 [face:] ELGIN NAT'L WATCH CO. [inside back cover:] DUEBER/COIN/316244 | 15 jewel silver pocket watch with simple striated decoration on edge and outer circle of covers. Both covers open. Face is white enamel with black Roman numerals and minute marks. Inset face for seconds. Ornate stem base. Stem ball is brass colored and a ribbed dome, circular ring. | 316244 | 1.69.5681.JPG | pocket watch | silver | enamel | glass | coin | Elgin Natl. Watch Co. | Duebler

1.69.5663.1
George C. Shreve & Co, San F...
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Exhibit notes: 20+ jewel gold with white porcelain face

Museum record: 1.69.5663.1 | H: 2.625 in, width: 1.875 in, depth: .5 in | Gift of Charles E. and Margaret C. Humberger | watch face: GEO. C. SHREVE & Co./ SAN FRANCISCO CAL. | 21 or 23 jewel round gold pocket watch with ring at top. One side has open watch face, hinged bezel and back. There are two hinges at bottom. Face is white porcelain with black numbers and minute marks and hands. Inset face for seconds. Inscription on face of watch. Stem top is a ribbed dome. | 67452 | 1.69.5663.1.JPG | pocket watch | glass | gold | porcelain | 18 karat | George C. Shreve & Co, San Francisco, CA | Phillipe, Runa Patek

1.69.5679
A.W. Waltham | pocket watch ...
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Exhibit notes: 7-jewel silver, simple band of Vs around face

Museum record: 1.69.5679 | ca. 1904 | H: 3.125 in, width: 2.25 in, depth: .875 in | Gift of Charles E. and Margaret C. Humberger | 7 jewel silver open pocket watch. Thick glass over face. White enamel face with black Roman numerals, minute marks and hands. Inset seconds face. Simple band of v's around face, no other decoration. Stem top is ribbed, with circular ring. | 1.69.5679.JPG | pocket watch | glass | enamel | silver | A.W. Waltham

1.69.1909
Waltham Company, Waltham, Ma...
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Exhibit notes: Yellow gold with cross hatch pattern and blank shield motif

Museum record: 1.69.1909 | Diameter: 2 in, depth: .5 in | Printed top center of face: WALTHAM [Stamped inside front and back covers:] 2417286 [Stamped inside case back;] GUARANTEED/10/YEARS/Supreme/2417286 [inscribed on inner watch works;]A.W.W. Co./WALTHAM, MASS./17783922 | Pocket watch, yellow gold case with overall cross hatch pattern, blank shield motif surrounded by flowers and leaves on center front, black circle on center back. White enamel face with black numbers and minute marks, red numbers of minutes over hour numbers, inset second timer at 6 o'clock. Printing at top center, stamped inscription inside front and back covers, stamped inside case back, inscription on watch works. | 1.69.1909.jpg | crosshatch | foliate | shield | floral | pocket watch | stamped | gold | inscribed | enamel | Waltham Company, Waltham, Massachusetts

1.69.5678.1
pocket watch | sterling | gl...
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Exhibit notes: Discolored silver with blank initial field

Museum record: 1.69.5678.1 | H: 2.75 in, width: 1.875 in, depth: .625 in | Gift of Charles E. and Margaret C. Humberger | inside front cover: 3/WARRANTED/ STERLING FINE/ 80709 [back of face:] Patent Lever/Full Jewelled [back inside cover:] 3/WARRANTED/ STERLING FINE/ 80709 | Discolored silver pocket watch with front and back covers that open. Circular cross hatching on front and back. Blank initial field on front. White enamel face with black Roman numerals and hands and minute marks. Inset face for seconds-- no hands. Key wind and set on back of face. Stem top is flat, with ribbed edge and circular ring. | 80709 | 1.69.5678.1.JPG | shield | pocket watch | sterling | glass | enamel

1.69.159
Elgin Natl. Watch Co. | pock...
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Exhibit notes: Silver with gold inlay cabin and trees on back which closely resemble photos of Buffalo Bill in his show tent

Museum record: 1.69.159 | ca. 1880 | Diameter: 2.25 in | Printed on front: Elgin Natl. Watch Co. | Pocket watch, silver, with gold inlay cabin and pine trees on back. Closely resembles watch pictured in photographs of Buffalo Bill in his tent, c. 1909 | 1.69.159v1.jpg | 1.69.159v2.jpg | cabin | pine trees | pocket watch | silver | gold | Elgin Natl. Watch Co.

1.69.5676
Elgin | pocket watch | gold ...
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Exhibit notes: 15-jewel, white gold

Museum record: 1.69.5676 | ca. 1924-25 | H: 2.25 in, width: 1.75 in, depth: .375 in | Gift of Charles E. and Margaret C. Humberger | face: ELGIN [back cover:] TA | 17 jewel white gold pocket watch with an open face. Back cover wont open. Ornate floral edge brocade back and diamond with initial. Striated metal face with black numbers, minute marks, blue hands, inset face for seconds. Stem is ribbed dome with squared, engraved ring set close to stem top. | 4126117 | 1.69.5676.JPG | floral | Diamond | pocket watch | gold | White | glass | Elgin

1.69.5675
Waltham | Illinois | pocket ...
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Exhibit notes: 15-jewel white gold with black Roman numerals and minutes in red

Museum record: 1.69.5675 | ca. 1908 | H: 2.375 in, width: 2 in, depth: .5 in | Gift of Charles E. and Margaret C. Humberger | front cover: WALTHAM [on gear covers:] A.W.W.Co./ WALTHAM, MASS/ 15 JEWELS/16926317 [inside back cover:] ILLINOIS/ WATCH CASE CO./SPARTAN/ 0730241/1194.K/ 1235.K/ 127 | 15 jewel white gold pocket watch with screw-on back. Yellow face with black Roman numerals and minute marks. Red minutes. Inset face for seconds. Ornate floral edge, border. Brocade on back cover with blank diamond for initials. Stem and ring also decorated. Stem is ribbed dome stem ring is oval. | 1.69.5675.JPG | floral | Diamond | pocket watch | gold | enamel | glass | White | Waltham | Illinois

1.69.5674
Keystone | Elgin Natl. Watch...
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Exhibit notes: 7-jewel gold, ca. 1918

Museum record: 1.69.5674 | ca. 1918 | H: 2.375 in, width: 1.625 in, depth: .5 in | Gift of Charles E. and Margaret C. Humberger | front cover: May [inside front:] 1243985 [face:] ELGING [back inside:] 1243985 | 7 jewel gold pocket watch with front and back covers. Both open. Face is white enamel with black Roman numerals and minute marks. Inset face for seconds. No glass. Striated edge, floral front and back, with initials and house engraved respectively. Stem is ribbed dome with circular ring. | 1243985 | 1.69.5674view1.JPG | 1.69.5674view2.JPG | floral | pocket watch | enamel | gold | Keystone | Elgin Natl. Watch Co.

1.69.313
Civic Watch Co. | pocket wat...
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Exhibit notes: Gold case with crystal face plate; may have been given by Buffalo Bill to his sister Helen

Museum record: 1.69.313 | Ca. 1880 | Diameter: 2 in, H: 2.75 in, depth: .5 in | Printed on face: CIVIC WATCH Co/SWISS [Engraved on back:] HJC [Stamped inside backcover:] KEYSTONE/WATCHCASE/[Trade Marks]/7202736.[Stamped inside watch back:] GUARANTEED/J BOSS 14K/ 25 YEARS/[Trade Mark]/ 7202736 [Stamped on watch works:] SWISS/CIVIC WATCH Co// 7 JEWELS//2 ADJTS//975281 | Pocket watch, gold case. Crystal face plate over white face with black numbers and minute marks, second timer inset at 6 o'clock, blued metal hands. Inscriptions printed on face, engraved on back cover, stamped inside back cover, stamped inside watch back, stamped on watch works. This is probably the watch referred to in Mary Jester Allen collection #116A as being "owned by Col. Cody and given to sister Helen Cody Wetmore". | 1.69.313v1.jpg | 1.69.313v2.jpg | numerals | pocket watch | crystal | gold | Civic Watch Co.

1.69.5672
Philidelphia | Waltham | poc...
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Exhibit notes: 15-jewel with "GLM" monogram, ca. 1913

Museum record: 1.69.5672 | ca.1913 | H: 2.5 in, width: 1.75 in, depth: .5 in | Gift of Charles E. and Margaret C. Humberger | on face: WALTHAM | 15 jewel pocket watch without covers. Chased band around face of white enamel with black numbers for minutes. Inset face for seconds. Blue hands. Scroll design with chasing around initial plate "GLM" on back. Stem top is ribbed, ring is oval with serifs. | 8433396 | 1.69.5672view1.JPG | 1.69.5672view2.JPG | floral | pocket watch | glass | gold | enamel | Philidelphia | Waltham

1.69.5669
Elgin National Watch Co. | C...
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Exhibit notes: 12-jewel, with floral motif, ca. 1894

Museum record: 1.69.5669 | ca. 1894 | H: 2.75 in, width: 2 in, depth: .75 in | Gift of Charles E. and Margaret C. Humberger | face: ELGIN NAT'L WATCH CO. [back inside cover:] COLUMBIA/30449/indecipherable numbers near hinge | 12 jewel round pocket watch, missing front cover, floral motif on rear cover. Ornate floral striated edge. Watch face is white enamel with black Roman numerals and minute marks. Blue hands. Inset face for seconds. Stem is ribbed dome, circular ring. | 30449 | 1.69.5669.JPG | floral | pocket watch | filled | enamel | gold | glass | Elgin National Watch Co. | Columbia

1.69.2734
Riverside/American Waltham W...
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Exhibit notes: Woman's watch with scrolls and curliques, with pink and green gold floral design

Museum record: 1.69.2734 | ca. 1895 | Diameter: 1.375 in, H: 2.625 in | [none] | Engraved on front: CC (Printed near top:) Am(n above two dots) Waltham (Stamped inside front:) 2 4 4 (Stamped inside back:) W.W.C.MFG.Co/14 K/U.S. ASSAY/60244 (Stamped inside inner back cover:) 14K/60244 (Works stamped and gold accented:) ADJUSTED/SAFETY/BARREL/7164646/Riverside/American Waltham/Watch Co. (Stamped on loop:) SIMMONS. | Pocket watch, woman's. Ornate gold case with scrolls and curliques containing minute feather motifs. Front has pink and green gold flower and leaf motifs around a raised shield with engraving. Band has a pink gold crescent moon and star motif inset with a diamond and green gold bird, flower and leaf motifs. Watch face is white enamel with black hour numbers, red minute numbers in 5 minute increments, inset second timer with black numbers in 10 second increments, printed inscription near top. Rounded crystal. Inscription stamped inside front, inside inner back and on works. Attached to stem loop is a gold pin with open knot. Fleur-de-lis and oval motif, stamped inscription on loop. | 1.69.2734view1.JPG | 1.69.2734view2.JPG | scroll | bird | floral | shield | moon | feather | star | pocket watch, woman's | Diamond | gold | crystal | enamel | Riverside/American Waltham Watch Co.