Pocket Watches

Written by Jill Morrison
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Pocket watches are customarily worn in waistcoat pockets. The popularity of these watches began at the start of the 16th century. In the middle of the 17th century, smaller versions of the pocket watch were created and they were often produced individually. By the 19th century, they were produced industrially to meet the demands of their ever-increasing customers.

Models of Pocket Watches

There are a few different models of pocket watches and each model has some defining characteristics. You can observe these characteristics by looking for a particular watch design, the movement, serial number, the dial, or markings on the case. Antique watches will reveal particular serial numbers and may be stamped with data on the inside of their cases or dials.

The older models of pocket watches require that you use a key to set the time and to wind the mainspring. To set the time on these watches, you will have to pull the winding crown up, turn the watch hands to the correct time, and then push the winding crown down. There are two types of watches that use winding keys.

Pin set and lever set models are the two major types of antique watches that require key winding. Pin set watches are set by pushing a small button or pin that is typically sticking out of the case. You will then have to turn the winding crown in order to move the hands. Lever set watches are also known as railroad grade watches. In order to set the time on these watches, you will have to push a lever on the side of the dial.


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