Pocket Watch Shopping Guide
by Le costumier De Bourges on Jul 09, 2020
Guide to buying a pocket watch
Types of pocket watches
Most watch lids are hinged and fastened with a latch that allows the wearer to quickly open the watch to check the time. While traditionally the hinges were in the 9 o'clock position, more modern styles have put the hinge in the 6 o'clock and 12 o'clock positions. Additionally, some hunter-case watches have what is known as a half-hunter where a glass panel allows the wearer to quickly see the time without opening the case.
Another type of pocket watch known as a Double Hunter or Double Half-Hunter, are those that have an additional cap on the back of the watch, often to be used as a support when partially opening the watch. While many people can buy an old pocket watch for its style, there are also many new models that are fully functional and digital. Obviously, the choice is personal and there are plenty of options, of all styles.
Pocket watch movement: Which types to choose?
As we often say, it's not only the physical aspect that counts... What's inside counts just as much, if not more. So in order to choose the type of movement with full knowledge of the facts, you might as well master your subject at your fingertips.
The Quartz Pocket Watch
The Mechanical Pocket Watch
There are two types of mechanical pocket watches: manually wound and automatic.
Here, the energy does not come from a battery but from a movement. In order to operate a hand-wound mechanical pocket watch, it has to be wound regularly by hand, by turning the crown. As for the self-winding watch, it winds itself by itself, thanks to the wrist movements of its owner. If you own an automatic mechanical watch, move your wrist and bring the watch close to your ear. You will hear the sounds of its mechanism in action.
In short, more noble by the beauty of its mechanics and its technical prowess, more handcrafted, the mechanical pocket watch lasts much longer than a quartz pocket watch.
Its weak points: a much higher price, overhauls every 4 to 5 years and less resistance to shocks. Note also that mechanical watches can regularly be a few minutes early or late.