12 Minutes: Where is the Pocket Watch?

The watch is hidden somewhere in the apartment, but where?

by Diego Perez
12 Minutes Pocket Watch

Finding the pocket watch is one of the earliest puzzles in 12 Minutes, and it can be difficult to figure out where to look for it. The cop always asks for the watch when he enters the apartment, but every time your wife is about to say where it is, the loop restarts. It’s a frustrating situation, but there is a way to get her to spill the beans. Here’s where to find the pocket watch in 12 Minutes.

How to Find the Pocket Watch in 12 Minutes

The pocket watch is hidden in the vent below the medicine cabinet in the bathroom. To reach it, take the knife from the kitchen counter. Then, go into the bathroom and open the medicine cabinet. Drag the knife to the dark area toward the bottom of the screen and you should see a prompt to interact with the ventilation grid.


After using the knife to open the vent, move your cursor around the dark area and you should see the pocket watch. Just click it to collect it. This is one of the obtuse puzzle solutions that we pointed out in our 12 Minutes review, so it’s understandable if you had no idea how to actually get the watch even if you already knew where it was hidden.

In order to deduce where the watch is hidden, you would have had to hide in the closet without letting your wife see you enter the apartment. The cop would then enter the apartment like normal, only he’d interrogate your wife on her own instead of both of you. She finally caves under pressure and tells him where the watch is, then he kills her and leaves.


Even if you did that already and heard that the watch was hidden in the vent under the medicine cabinet, it’s still really tough to figure out how exactly you’re supposed to interact with it. 12 Minutes has a few other puzzles like this, but this is the worst offender. It should all be easier from here, so good luck on your future attempts to break the loop.

12 Minutes is available now on PC, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S.

- This article was updated on August 19th, 2021

About The Author

Avatar photo

Currently serving as an Associate Editor at Attack of the Fanboy, Diego Perez has been writing about video games since 2018, specializing in live service games like Destiny and Final Fantasy XIV. His work is featured at publications like Game Rant and The Outerhaven, but Attack of the Fanboy is home to his best work. When he's not editing or writing guides, he's yelling about Ape Escape or grinding Lost Sectors in Destiny. Plus, he has a Bachelor of Science in Telecommunication Media Studies for Texas A&M University.