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The Clock Watch BLOG

... Q&A on clock matters. A blog by Claire - The Mantel Clock

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Basic Guide to Pocket Watches

Posting date: 3rd May 2007 16:10

A pocket watch has traditionally been a strapless circular timepiece which is kept in a pocket. It usually has a chain ( traditionally called an Albert or fob) by which it is secured to a waistcoat, lapel or belt.

Compared with the 19th and early 20th century, the pocket watch is a minority taste having been well overtaken by the modern wrist watch in popularity and convenience.

Pocket watches come with several different types of lid or "hunter"

  • 1. Full lid or cover ( known as a full hunter )
  • 2. Full lid with a glass centre, allowing you to tell the time with the lid down ( known as a half hunter )
  • 3. No lid ( known as open dial )
  • 4. Double lid, front and back, allow you to open up the back ( known as twin lid)

Traditional mechnical pocket watches have specific places at which the hunter stem or main stem of the watch is positioned. However, many modern versions are not bound by these traditions, particularly those watches with quartz movements.

There are many collectors of antique pocket watches and dedicated restorers and enthusiasts. However, in addition to these, there has also been a recent upsurge in interest for the modern pocket watch, whether mechanical or quartz, particularly for traditional weddings and grand occasions.

Many pocket watches are given as retirement presents with engraved messages on the back. As with all clocks and watches, the quality of the pocket watch is going to depend on the quality of materials from which the case is made and the quality of the time movement inside.

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