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Cool Pocket Watches For Men

Updated on October 23, 2014
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Jeff Johnston is a medieval reenactor and avid history fan. He is also the publisher at Living History Publications.

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Cool Pocket Watches Are The Ultimate Accessory for A Sharp Dressed Man

I've always had a fascination with pocket watches, I think a nice vintage looking pocket watch sets off a formal dress, and makes a business casual outfit look just that much better. A pocket watch oozes style and class more than any other single accessory for men, except maybe a great tie.

Pocket watches lost favour to wrist watches for reasons of convenience more than anything else, but now as people are used to using their cell phone as a timepiece and wrist watches are fading the resurgence of the pocket watch is coming. Pocket watches are again becoming a fashion statement, and I couldn't be happier. There is a pocket watch fit for any style.

1891 Antique Elgin H H Taylor Railroad Grade Pocket Watch 18s, 15 Jewel, Lever Set, Train Etched Case, Chain, Runs E2084
1891 Antique Elgin H H Taylor Railroad Grade Pocket Watch 18s, 15 Jewel, Lever Set, Train Etched Case, Chain, Runs E2084

This is a classic railroad watch. Though it only has 15 Jewels, so by many rules it wouldn't quite make the cut.

 

The Ever Classic Railroad Watch

In the mid 19th century to the early 20th century railroad men were required by the terms of their contract to wear a certain watch, helping to ensure that the trains ran on time. These watches are now highly sought after classics.

The watches are prized not only for their history with the railroad, but because they were of exceptional quality. Most companies required the watches to have a minimum of 17 jewels for movement and could only vary by 30 seconds over a week, and they were required to do a test once a week to ensure the watch was maintaining its quality.

By Pirkheimer (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
By Pirkheimer (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

The History of Pocket Watches

Pocket watches can be traced back all the way to the 15th century. They evolved from "Nuremberg eggs" which were spring driven clocks that were worn around the neck. The didn't take off until the mid 17th century when styles changed and technology allowed for the modern pocket watch to emerge.

It was in the 1720's that jeweled surfaces were designed to protect the movement from wear allowing for more accurate time keeping over a longer period.

For more history of the pocket watch check out the Wiki Article

How to Spot A Classic Pocket Watch

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      ettorecolella 4 years ago

      The Asian inspired design are fantastic.

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      Jeff Johnston 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      @atomicgirl24: yes they do work for women too :D

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      atomicgirl24 4 years ago

      I used to have an antique-style pocket watch eons ago and would buy one of these, regardless of whether they're for guys or not. I just like the way they look.

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      Jeff Johnston 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      @Ahdilarum: That is a rather cool pocket watch isn't it :D

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      Ahdilarum 4 years ago

      I liked Two Tone Swiss watch from this collections