The classic pocket watch appears to be making a comeback, despite the fact that we live in a highly computerised, smart-phone driven society. While new models are being released, the general view appears to be that older, antique pocket watches have more appeal. Pocket watches, in this sense, have become as much a fashion statement and discussion piece as they have become a useful method to tell time.
Types of Pocket Watches
There are two basic varieties of pocket watches: open-face and hunter-case, each of which can be further subdivided into sub-categories. Open-face watches do not have a cover over the face, but hunter-case watches have.
Most hunter-case watch covers include a hinged lid with a clasp that allows the wearer to open the case quickly. While they are typically hinged at 9 o'clock, more modern models include hinges at 6 and 12 o'clock.
In addition, some hunter-case watches contain a glass window that allows the wearer to rapidly observe the time without opening the case, known as half-hunter or demi-hunter.
Antique or Modern?
This is the most important question that everyone interested in pocket watches should ask, as both have pros and downsides.
When buying an antique pocket watches, the buyer should consider asking a few key questions that will influence the price and value: Who is the maker? Was it produced by a well-known watchmaker or brand? Who was the former owner of the watch? Given that the celebrity owner may make the item more of a collectible than a fashion piece, celebrity-owned watches certainly attract greater prices.
Even if it wasn't owned by a celebrity, many old pocket timepieces have fascinating backstories. What is the material that it is composed of? Stainless steel, gold, white gold, and platinum—the materials, like any other item of jewellery, have an impact on its worth.
Is it in good working order? Is there any exterior damage, corrosion, or other ageing or abuse signs? Has anyone worked on it before? Some timepieces come with a repair history.
Keep in aware that some repairs may have an adverse effect on the watch's functionality, lowering its value.
Purchasing a modern pocket watch may be simpler in some ways, as the buyer will not be concerned with previous ownership, care, or repairs. A decision to buy a modern pocket watch, on the other hand, may be influenced by a variety of reasons.
When making a purchase, consider the following questions: How will you use your watch? Will you wear it on a regular basis or save it for exceptional occasions? If you're going to wear it every day, it needs to be dependable. A simpler, more durable design is likely to be better for everyday wear than a more extravagant design reserved for special occasions. Is it necessary for it to be water resistant?
Is it covered by a warranty? A manufacturer's warranty should be included with new timepieces.
A Pocket Watch Is an Investment
As you can see, there are a lot of things to think about when purchasing a pocket watch. Whether you buy an antique or a modern pocket watch, it's a good idea to think of it as an investment. As a result, it's a good idea to look for something that will not only endure a few years but also be passed down to your children or grandchildren.
You'll be building a family heirloom that, who knows, could end up being a valuable timepiece for future generations. Pocket watches constructed of precious metals, as well as those with embedded precious or semi-precious jewels, tend to gain in value over time.
Whatever option you choose, one thing is certain: while pocket watches may go in and out of style over time, owning one is never a terrible idea.
Published by kevin Taylor