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American Historic Pocket Watches

Updated on May 31, 2017
JFK Half Dollar Pocket Watch
JFK Half Dollar Pocket Watch

Pocket watches are traditional timepieces worn between the 16th century and the mid-20th century. Wearing one told society a lot about a gentleman, regarding his social standing and his position in society.

Designed to be 'worn' stylishly tucked away in a top-coat pocket, securely attached to a waistcoat, trouser belt loop, or lapel by means gold or silver chains, they come in two main styles, the hunter-case pocket watch, and the open-face pocket watch.

Chains were usually decorated with pendants which often carry the coat of arms of some fraternity, society, or club. They also had practical and functional gadgets to wind the watch, intricately decorated cigarette cutters for men of nobility, and fasteners designed to be put through buttonholes and worn in a waistcoat or sports jacket.

Earlier versions of the pocket watch only had the hour hand, but by the late 17th century, the minute hand started to appear. The first of their kind built with machine made parts were manufactured in the late 1830's.

American Historic Timepieces

Many men have pocket watches as keepsakes or heirlooms passed down from past generations. Others discovered them as great finds at tag sales or estate sales.

However, many who love these stylish timepieces don't have one passed down to them nor have they been lucky to find any to buy off the rack.

But wouldn't it be nice to have one which will become a personal keepsake, one that can also become an heirloom?

Historical pocket watches make great heirloom quality keepsakes and are wonderful for avid watch collectors or individuals that are interested in the history and interesting story behind each piece. And for those looking for classic gift ideas for timepiece collectors and those who appreciate vintage-inspired collectibles, American historical pocket watches are a must-check-out.

1. The American Indian Pocket Watch

These are true classic keepsakes, historical pieces of the Old Wild West that are handsomely crafted with highly-detailed silver tone covers.

Their vintage designs feature the relief images designed by American sculptor James Fraser, in 1911. This image became the 'heads' face of the buffalo nickel in 1913.

These pocket watches come with engravable backs, chains with fobs, and quartz movements.

When you press the crown, the timepiece will open to reveal an artwork based on another of James Fraser's typical sculptures.

2. Walking Liberty Silver Half Dollar Watch

The Walking Liberty Half-Dollar Pocket Watch is an elegant and stunning timepiece crafted in fine sterling silver watch and a genuine half-dollar case. Asides that the fact that it is eye-catching, it is historical and has a story to tell. Those who own this pocket watch find that it becomes a conversation piece when sighted by friends and family.

The silver dollar used in its construction actually dates back as early as 1916 to 1947. It is visible from both faces of its cover; its accurate quartz movement with Roman numerals second hand and fob chain is an added plus.

This vintage watch will make a great family heirloom.

3. Founding Fathers Pocket Watch

These unique vintage collectibles crafted in steel alloy are exquisite and valuable watches that open up to reveal portraits of America's famous and legendary, the Native Americans, Geronimo, Crazy Horse, Sitting Bull and Chief Joseph. They come with Roman numerals, quartz movements and minute markings.

They come with Roman numerals, quartz movements and minute markings.

The Founding Fathers Timepiece comes in a case that's crafted in steel alloy and features antique silver finish with enameled artwork, giving the appearance of inlaid works of turquoise.

"The case, crafted in steel alloy, features an antique silver finish with enameled Native American artwork, giving the appearance of inlaid turquoise......"

4. JFK Half Dollar Timepiece

This vintage engravable pocket watch features a genuine John F. Kennedy centenary half-dollar that’s dated 1776 to 1976 and beautifully set into an ornate cover. It's a truly classic timepiece.

It is easy to operate as all it requires is a press down on its crown to open it. The half-dollar coin has an image of Independence Hall on its reverse side.

JFK Half Dollar Pocket Watch comes with the typical vintage Roman numerals with filigree hour and minute hands, and a sweep second hand. It is crafted in heavy cast alloy metal with rich silver tone finish on a link chain with a fob.

This handsome pocket watch comes with a Certificate of Authenticity.

5. College Gold and Silver Pocket Timepieces

These keepsakes are functional and classy pieces of an Alma Mater.

They are crafted with an enameled college logo on the exterior of the steel alloy casings, and their Arabic numerals are quite legible on their face.

College Gold and Silver Pocket Watches come with chains and attached fobs, and are finished in lustrous brushed gold or silver tones.

College pocket watches come with a manufacturer's 3-year limited warranty.

Where To Buy Vintage Watches

Today you can find to buy antique and vintage pocket watches (authentic or reproduced) because they have suddenly regained their popularity due to a sub-genre of a cultural movement that embraces vintage fashion and arts of the Victorian era, a time when pocket watches were found everywhere and generally worn by the affluent.

To buy vintage pocket watches on-line, visit sites like Betty's Attic, eBay or Amazon. You will find awesome and handsome collections of historically crafted pocket watches.

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    • viryabo profile image

      viryabo 5 years ago

      Thanks Cloverleaf. How have you been?

    • Cloverleaf profile image

      Cloverleaf 5 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

      Hi viryabo

      Thanks for these excellent gift ideas, these vintage pocket watches are really beautiful and I enjoyed your hub very much. Voting up!