My last post touched on the history of the pocket watch. If you’re thinking of buying one for yourself, make sure you read this first.
To find a pocket watch you’ll love for years to come:
1. Choose a quality movement.
Even the plainest pocket watch has jewels in its mechanism. And a watch’s jewel count is a good predictor of how well it will run. Look for a watch whose movement contains at least 15 jewels (and more if possible).
2. Choose a case type.
Pocket watch cases come in three main varieties.
A hunter case has a lid that protects the watch face and must be flipped or screwed open to reveal the time.
A demi-hunter case has a lid with a small circular cut-out that lets you tell time even while the case is closed.
And with an open case watch, the crystal and watch face are always exposed to view.
3. Choose a case material.
You don’t have to be rich to own a really cool timepiece. They made vintage watch cases in a
range of different metals, including:
· Solid gold (10k, 14k, 18k)
· Gold-filled or gold-plated brass.
· Solid sterling or coin silver
· Silver-tone nickel alloys (with names like Nickeloid, Silverine, Oresilver, and German Silver)
Do you prefer Arabic or Roman numerals? A white face or a metallic one? A plain or engraved
Found the ultimate pocket watch? Now comes the fun part: deciding how to wear it! Pocketwatch.org will show you how.