Despite the fact that wrist watches have largely replaced the pocket watch from daily fashion, this type of watch remains popular. It is a beautiful watch to give as a present, for example at retirement, a jubilee or a birthday. Even young people today often wear a pocket watch; in combination with a three-piece suit, or simply in the small front pocket of their jeans (which was originally meant for this). On this page you will find pocket watches in different styles from famous brands such as Mondaine, Royal London and Davis.
There are two types: hunter-case (with lid), and open-face (without lid). An intermediate shape, known as the demi-hunter, is a pocket watch whose lid has a glass panel or hole in the middle so that the time can be read. Even pendant watches are still being produced.
The first timepieces worn on the body were an intermediate form of clocks and watches. These clock watches were attached to clothing or worn around the neck on a chain. The watches were made of heavy materials and only had an hour hand. The dial was not covered with glass, but had a hinged lid, often decoratively cut-out so that the time could be read without opening the lid. From around 1610 watches were fitted with a protective glass.
Styles change, and in the 17th century rich men began to wear watches in their jacket pocket instead of as a pendant. The rise of the railways - particularly in the United States - in the last half of the 19th century led to a widespread use of pocket watches by all population groups.
Until the beginning of the 20th century, the pocket watch was omnipresent. The wristwatch was seen by men as an effeminate accessory. Wrist or arm watches were mainly worn by ladies from the seventeenth century.
Pocket watches remained popular until after the First World War, after which a transition period began. Officers in the field started to wear their watch on their wrist because it was easier to read. The first models of wrist watches were therefore pocket watches for which a special leather strap (also called fob) was made. This band often had a protective flap over the dial and the glass. The wristwatch was created from this.