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Some of the Earliest Porn was in Erotic Pocket Watches

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Sex is timeless.

Move aside nudie ball point pens and Tijuana bibles, the latest smutty antiques to be uncovered from the annals of history are erotic pocket watches. Dubbed "pocket porn," these dirty timepieces have a history that dates back to the early 19th century. Until recently, these erotic watches were only for in-the-know ardent collectors because their sexy undercurrents were concealed. Usually the hand-painted and extremely graphic depictions were hidden behind dials and faces of the pieces. But turn a knob, and out comes the duke groping under the courtesan's skirt. 

Chris Del Gatto, consultant to Jacob & Co. jewelers, told CNBC that erotic pocket watches have a rich, illicit history, "In the beginning, people would commission pocket watches with faces of their wives or lovers because oftentimes people were separated months or years at a time." These extremely rare gold and silver enameled automaton watches were a luxury when they debuted centuries ago, and today, diamond-encrusted modern takes on pocket porn like the "Caligula" are selling for up to $1.6 million. Which, I have to say, is a pricey reminder of your long-distance lover's naked form when an up-the-skirt shot is just a sext away. Below are some of the highlights of this time-honored tradition.

[h/t CNBC]

Images via Antiquorum Auctioneers.