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Vintage Pocket Watch: The Untold Story Behind the Design of This Timeless Piece

The pocket watch is a style of watch with a case that is intended to be carried in the pocket. The term “watch” may refer to any type of timepiece, including wristwatches, but an older term for wristwatches was “wristlet”. A 16th-century predecessor to the popularity of the pocket watch was the wearing of a watch on one’s girdle.  This blog will explore everything you need to know about vintage pocket watches! From their history as an elegant accessory, as well as how they were made and priced, this blog will cover it all. In addition, we’ll discuss where you can purchase these watches today and why they make such great gifts.

The History of the Pocket Watch

The pocket watch was invented during the middle ages (1120 AD to 1500 AD). They were attached to the waist and were called pocquetes. Worn on the person’s waist, a pocket watch would be carried on the left side of the waistband. The pocket watch was of two types: Those attached to the girdle of a person’s waist, and those that were fixed on a wall.  While pocket watches were initially attached to clothing, this changed during the 15th century. In France, pockets were created, and pockets were often deep. This gave the owner the ability to store other things besides clothing, and in the process, a need arose for a small pocket watch attached to the waist of the wearer. A study by Joseph Masseret, published in 1846, states that men wore about 40 pocket watches attached to their waist.

How a Pocket Watch Was Made

How a pocket watch was made is just one of the intriguing details that this blog will delve into.  One of the greatest mysteries surrounding the watch industry and its design is how the watchmaker’s model came to be called a “pocket watch.” If you’ve ever wondered why a watch is sometimes described as a “pocket watch,” you’re not alone.  While the earlier pocket watches were not pocket-sized, they were called “pocket watches” because they fit perfectly into a person’s pocket. When the time-keepers were designed to fit easily into a pocket, they became known as “pocket watches.” This term “pocket watch” is still used today, and even applies to some wristwatches.

What Was a Pocket Watch Worth?

How Much Would You Pay for a Pocket Watch in the Early 19th Century?  See Also:  How Much Do These Vintage Watch Brands Really Cost?  See How Vintage Watch Brands Have Changed Since the 1970s  David J. Margulies is the author of a number of classic books, including Hand Knit Watchmaking, Seemingly Simple Dress Watchmaking, and Classic Watches of the 20th Century. Learn more about David on his website and Facebook.  Sources:  The Pocketwatch: The Untold Story Behind the Design of This Timeless Piece by David Margulies. PopularPebble.com, 2013.  Pocket Watch Price Index.WristwatchBuzz.com, 2017.  Timex.com.  Quartz Watch Price Index. eBayWatchReviews.com, 2017.  Fossil.com.  Rings.com.

Why You Should Buy a Vintage Pocket Watch

Vintage pocket watches are cool.  If you want to take a day trip to visit a friend, you probably wouldn’t leave her home without her daytimer. Or, if you’re going to an office event, you might want to bring your ‘go-to’ watch so that everyone knows what time it is. A pocket watch lets you do that.  When it comes to technology, the pocket watch is hard to beat. Unlike pocket phones and watches that don’t have batteries or a battery-operated mode, pocket watches have a pretty good battery life. Plus, as a back-up, you can take a pocket watch with you on vacation, like when you’re on a cruise. The thought of having something like this on a ship makes you want to buy your wife a watch that’s more appropriate for a cruise.

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