Watch Review, Valgine Pocket Watch

Valgine Pocket Watch


I am not usually tempted by pocket watches, but recently I picked up a modern watch for my younger brother, so my interest was piqued.  So, on my last visit to my local antique store, I looked through the vintage bin.  When I opened up this little beauty of a watch, I was amazed at the condition.  I am not sure of the exact age, but, it is Swiss Made, Valgine, 17 jewels, Incabloc, and the dial is just flawless.

The front of the watch has a charming fisherman engraving  and is in very good condition.  The is no wear through visible on the plating and the embossing is deep and high quality.  The front cover pops open perfectly when the pendant is pressed.  If this watch was used, I don’t think was a daily wear watch. The inside of the front dial cover has a well executed tool pattern, a real one, not the stamped versions seen in modern, cheap pocket watches.  The dial is pure white with black roman numeral markers for 1 through 12 and small, red, Arabic markers for 13 through 24 hours.  The hands are very elegant and expertly cut.  The seconds hand is at the 6 o’clock position.  The crystal appears to be acrylic and has no scratches at all.

The rear of the watch has a floral pattern, and is expertly engraved as well.  Again, there is no wear through on the plating that is visible without a jeweler’s loupe.

The watch also came on a nice quality chain and traditional fob, not a belt clip.  A little dandy, but I am sure in a suit, you can pull it off.  The watch is about 44mm in diameter, so not too large, and smaller than what a lot of people wear on their wrists now!

The movement is a 17 jewel, Swiss made movement, shock protected, 18,000 bph,  and keeps excellent time.  The power reserve seems good as well, well over 32 hours.  I would guess that the watch was made in the 60, by how little wear there is.  I don’t think I will wear it much, but I am still glad I acquired this watch.  I have not been able to find out much about this brand, I assume they were one of the thousands of companies wiped out in the quartz revolution.


Case: 44mm diameter, gold plated.
Back: gold plated, snap back style.
Crystal: Acrylic, domed.
Movement: 17 jewel Swiss, Incabloc shock protection, 18,000 BPH.
Complications: Small seconds.
Other:   On 12″ watch chain, with fob.



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11 Responses to Watch Review, Valgine Pocket Watch

  1. Daniel Ruben says:

    Nope. I have a great Valgine from the 60s. I investigated and found that they are still up and running. They often produced specific order watches and not many production runs. The owner I gather is Richard Mille who designs hot new bling watches. Dont know if Valgine makes them or not. hope this is informative for you.Best regards, Dan

  2. John Moremon says:

    Hi, I also have a Valgine pocket watch which I picked up about 15 years ago at an auction. I think I paid AUD100 and didn’t know what I was buying. I don’t use it but just have it and wind it when I think of it. Like yours it is perfect in detail but the face is not quite the same and it has a coat of arms on the cover. I am very happy with it even though I don’t use it or even need it.

  3. shirley Clay says:

    I have just found Valgine mens wristwatch incabloc the case is 925 silver and seems to be from around 1940sI purchased it in Melbourne aust

  4. Chuck Boyer says:

    As a flyfisherman I am more than envious of this watch. I’ve seen the knock-offs … YUK. A great find!

  5. Hamish says:

    Hey i have a pocketwatch very similar to the one above! Ive owned it for about 20 yrs! Its the same style and look as the above, just has a different picture on front! Anyone know the value on these? Its in perfect condition

  6. admin says:

    I am not sure what this watch is worth, I only paid $20 for it, but it could be worth much more. I see people ‘fishing’ on eBay for around $200 for it, but I don’t think there that much market for pocket watches.

  7. Steven says:

    My father gave me his Valgine Pocket watch which he had received as a gift in the early 70’s. My mother had purchased this watch for approx. $150.00 CDA then. It is in excellent condition as my dad never wore it, only on a few occasions. I had it serviced recently by a professional who had 33 years of experience with watches, He advised me that the Cie no longer exists and that this watch could easily fetch 400.00 CDA. I will not sell this watch as it is only a matter of time when these watches will come back in style.

  8. robinson says:

    I have got a Valgine woman pocket watch as a small gift for my wife in Barcelona last week.I paid for EURO50.Looks great as it is like brand new–golden colored.

  9. Sakari Rauhala says:

    I have a Valgine pocket watch
    bought in the late ’70, with a plowman theme. Does anyone know what it would be worth,It’s hardly ever been used.

  10. Wahyu says:

    Saya juga memiliki jam saku Valgine, ibu saya membelinya di tahun 1976. Cover depan bertema perburuan rusa. Kondisi fisik masih bagus, mekanis jam juga berfungsi dengan baik. Adakah yang tahu berapa nilai jam tersebut saat ini ?

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