We will now learn About Pocket Watches For Men.
we will go a little into the history, and the different types, and what type of outfit you can use with a pocket watch, and how to use them.
I really love the Pocket Watch, so I wanted to share this with you, and maybe make them more popular again.
The history of pocket watches.
The first time-peace people carried around with them was a mix of a clock and a watch. They were a lot fatter than the pocket watch we know. They used to wear this clock-watch around their neck, in a chain, kinda like Flava Flav, only classier.
This timepiece was made in the 16th century and was so fat, it kinda was cylinder-shaped, it was almost the size of the small soda can you get on airplanes. It only had one hand, which was the hour hand. It did not have a glass cover, but a hinged cover made of brass to protect the face of the watch, the cover kinda had a shape like this symbol #, so they could see through it. Later the shape of the watches, evolved into a more of an egg shape, and after that, they could make them into whatever shape they want, and they did, some of the cooler ones I have seen pictures of, was of a skull and a cross and a book.
The 17th century, is where they became pocket watches because the style change and they started to put them in their pockets. They also switched the chain to the kind we have today, it is called a fob. They connected them to their waistcoats/vests, and belts to prevent them from dropping the pocket watch.
I believe they had glass to cover the face by then, and the type of cover we have today. The cover was often decorated with family/society/club crest or other fancy decorations, and it was a symbol of rich high class.
The pocket watch was very popular until the end of world war one, when the military invented the wristwatch.
Pocket watch types
There are 2 different types of pocket watches, some say 5 but I think 4 of them are too similar to call them each a type of pocket watch.
We have the open face pocket watch, this has no cover, it is just open, hence the name, Open face. The other is called Hunter case. This is the type with a cover. The other ones, some say are their own types are called, full hunter, half hunter, double full hunter, double half hunter. Full hunter is the one with a cover, the half hunter has a cover with a hole so you can see the time without opening, the double full hunter and the double half hunter, are the same only it has a cover on both sides, that you can open.
It is not that much difference between all of them, you can only tell them apart from the cover
Are you getting married? or going to some other fancy pansy party? Then this is the ideal time to use a pocket watch.
From the very beginning of the pocket watch, it was the Nobel rich upper class that used them. Their outfits were very very formal. So we still wear our pocket watches when we dress up to look our very best, Tuxedo and business suit with vest’s is when we wear them the most. But you can also wear a pocket watch when looking a bit more casual. Throw on a dress shirt and some ok looking pants and an odd vest. An odd vest is a vest, that is usually made from different kinds of material than a suit vest, and it can come in many different patterns and color’s, so it makes you look sharp but more casual. If you want to wear a pocket watch with this kind of vest, you can, but I would try to find a pocket watch that doesn’t stand out too much. Maybe a steel or silver-colored, or a retro brass color, or maybe even a little stained or dirty, like in the Oliver twist movie, could look very good with an odd vest, it would, however, depend on the color of the vest.
There are not that many ways, but I will tell you about the few ways you can use it.
One way, that is not very popular anymore is, you connect the fob to your belt, and the pocket watch In your pants pocket.
The most popular way is with a waistcoat/vest, you fit the chain to your middle buttonhole and the watch in one of the pockets.
Another way is, you pull the chain through your middle buttonhole and put the end of the chain in one pocket and the watch in the other.
Have you ever wondered what that small extra pocket in your pocket on your jeans are for? that is specially made for pocket watches, it was invented by Levis in the 1890s for the cowboys and miners, altho this pocket now days are too small for most pocket watches.
You should never put the chain in the same pocket as your watch because the chain can then scratch the watch.
Do you want one now?
Now that you know the history and the types, and what outfits you can use them with, and how to use them, you can start using them all the time, you can even use them without putting on a suit or tuxedo, and still look casually sharp. You can now go out and find one, that fits the outfits you want.
I have reviewed 4 pocket watches here: https://watchclicks.com/reviews-on-pocket-watches-for-men/
I hope you liked this post, and please leave a comment If I got something wrong or If you have any questions about pocket watches. Or if you just want to. Have a nice day!