Kansas City Pocket Watch Review
The Kansas City Pocket Watch is a “As Seen On TV” promotional old west styled commemorative item.
The commercial for the item indicates that this is a replica of the pocket watch stolen from a conductor in 1874 by the legendary Jesse James on one of his famous train robberies and that later he returned it to the conductor.
This item got mostly negatives reviews on Amazon but I think the reason is that the commercial for this item misrepresented the product through omission of the specifications of the replica pocket watch.
First the commercial shows a watchmaker putting together a mechanical pocket watch leading you to believe that the replica watch is mechanical when in reality it is a battery driven electro-mechanical watch.
Later the commercial indicates that how the gears within the watch are “mesmerizing” indicating once again the mechanical hand wound nature of the watch.
Toward the end of the commercial they show a gentleman fiddling with the stem of the watch leading you to believe that he is winding it when in reality he is most likely just setting the time. The commercial also indicates “battery free performance” which makes no sense considering it uses a battery driven electro-mechanical movement.
Honestly if you can see past all of this hype of the commercial this is not a bad little pocket watch considering it retails for between 10 and 20 dollars depending on the venue. The Kansas City Pocket Watch comes in a cool commemorative tin. Once opened the first thing I noticed was that the pocket watch is fairly heavy all metal construction and is connected to the metal chain. Pressing down in the stem opens the ornate protective cover over that guards the glass watch lens. Setting the time is accomplished by pulling the stem then rotating it until the watch reads the proper time. Once set, you press down on the stem. The clock movement is a fairly standard quartz movement which relies quartz crystal to regulate the Lavet type stepper motor.
I think this would make a great present for a friend or family member who is into old west history. Maybe this would be a great gift for the Steam Punk enthusiast in your life.
Kansas City Pocket Watch Commercial
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