View Full Version : Looking for a Pocket Watch

02-20-2013, 10:11 PM
Im looking for a Pocket watch for daily use. Ive got an OK one made by Colibri but Im looking for something better.

Any of you guys use a pocket watch?

Cover or open face? Pros & Cons?? Chain or leather strap???

Suggestions and sources???

02-21-2013, 05:58 AM
I use to carry one a lot but have gotten away from it lately. I never had a good one= just ones from Walmart. I liked a chain for casual/dress but used a leather braid for serious work times. Ones without the lid are easier to read one handed with out having to fumble around to open it but I have busted the glass/plastic on a couple with out it.

02-21-2013, 06:24 AM
How much do you want to spend, and what kind of abuse is it likely to see? A hunter case (covered) is desirable for asthetics, but with modern Sapphire crystals, not necessary for protection. No one buys a pocket watch for the convenience of quickly glancing and telling the time, so the extra second to depress a button to open the case is a little moot.

The style of face will be important to know also. Classic? Modern? Traditional?

02-21-2013, 07:28 AM
I look for bae to swoop in any moment with a truly Tier 1 example for you.....

He's the guy to ask about time pieces....and I hear he looks a little like Father Time....

Hummm....that actually makes alot of sense now that I think about it. :think:

02-21-2013, 07:43 AM
Railroad grade Hamilton

02-21-2013, 08:50 AM
I have a Lord Elgin pocket watch from my grandfather. It's inscribed with his name and "Salesman of the Year, 1957". It's one of my most treasured material possessions. Elgin stopped production in 1968, so they make great pieces of history to carry around.

02-21-2013, 09:27 AM


Ed I have purchased from both sites and have been pleaded with the items I picked up, I prefer the closed face

02-21-2013, 11:29 AM
I have just recently (as in Yesterday) carrying one of my grandpa's (he passed in '99) old pocket watches. My grandma thought it was broke and brought it up here to me... After much Google-fu failure, a friend of mine's dad (coincidentally, this man's mama worked in the factory where it was made) called me for something and said "It's manual. Wind it." And I felt like an idiot because now it works and keeps awesome time. Waltham. Model unknown. Has a train engraved on the back. Small seconds.


02-21-2013, 11:33 AM
My grandfather always carried one so I have carried one on and off, but they always broke or the stem unscrewed.

03-05-2013, 02:04 AM
At first I thought I wanted a hunter style or double hunter (closed face / face and back); but now Im thinking a simple glass face (no cover) will be fine. What I DO want is something fairly large (not clown large), over 2 inches and with a back that can be engraved (sic semper tyrannis). A manual movement is preferred with say 17+/- jewels.

Id rather it not be an antique, so I can insure it works and I can keep it working. Im gonna try making it an everyday piece, so I dont want a POS but neither do I want a $10K price tag.

I havent decided on case colour. I "think" I want a simple face; but a sub dial for the second hand would be OK too. I DON'T want a skeleton face.

03-05-2013, 06:14 AM

Is this too "classic aviator"? Excellent manual wind Swiss movement, sapphire crystal, water resistant to 100M (just in case), stainless steel case. $2200.00

03-05-2013, 09:37 AM
I like that alot^^^^^^^^

03-05-2013, 06:49 PM
There's also a Swiss Army pocket watch. Can't remember now if it's Victorinox or Wenger.