To wear a pocket watch is not as complicated as it seems. All you need is the right fit and a little confidence. The classic way to wear a pocket watch is to wear it on a vest or blazer, with the chain going through the buttonholes. I then tucked the end of the chain or clasp into another vest pocket.

    The pocket watch chain is the part that connects the pocket watch to the clasp or other accessory. There are 2 types of pocket watch chains depending on which side they are on. We can clip it to the grommet and left to dangle gracefully. The pocket watch chain can be attached across the body to the grommet on the other side, creating a double Albert style. Alternatively, the chain can be tied to the same side of the pocket where the watch is located, which is known as the Single Albert style.

Single Albert pocket watch
double Albert watch

    When wearing a pocket watch, make sure that the watch is facing inwards towards the body. The watch is protected from damage and you can discreetly check the time. The length of the bracelet should be long enough to make it easy to pull the pocket watch out, but not so long that it swings too much.

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Pocket watch parts

   Learning how to wear a pocket watch involves understanding the parts of a pocket watch. A pocket watch, like any other timepiece, is an intricately designed and meticulously crafted machine. The main parts that make up a pocket watch include the case, dial, hand, watch crystal, movement and chain, accessories like T bar or clip. Each component plays a vital role in the operation of a pocket watch, ensuring accurate and reliable timekeeping.

    The case of a pocket watch is usually made of various materials such as gold, silver or stainless steel, alloy, brone which protects the internal parts like movement, hand from dust, moisture and vibration. The dial displays the time, usually in Roman or Arabic numerals with the watch’s signature hands.

      The most special accessory is a pocket watch chain which plays the same role as the strap, connecting the pocket watch to the clothes, as different styles of bracelets affect the way the pocket watch is worn, such as the aforementioned single Albert and double Albert.

Pocket watch parts

How to wind a pocket watch

how to wear a pocket watch

    Most pocket watches are mechanical movements that need to be wound to provide power, so it’s necessary to learn how to wind a pocket watch. The first step is to pull out the crown, push the crown forward with your thumb, rotate the watch hand clockwise for 30 to 40 revolutions, stop when you feel resistance. And then press the crown back to its normal position. It is important not to overwind the watch, as this can damage the internal mechanism.

    It is recommended to wind a mechanical pocket watch once a day to ensure its accuracy. However, the frequency of winding may vary depending on the specific model and its power reserve.

How to open a pocket watch

   Before opening the pocket watch, you need to prepare some tools. First, we need a small screwdriver in order to remove the back cover of the pocket watch. Second, ensure that a clean cloth or gloves are used to prevent any damage or contamination to the pocket watch.

Firstly, locate the back of the pocket watch

   The back cover of a pocket watch is usually located at the back of the case and needs to be opened in order to perform operations such as repairing or replacing the battery. The location of the back cover may vary slightly from pocket watch to pocket watch, but it can usually be found by looking at the back of the case.

Secondly, opening the back cover

    To open the front or back, hold the bezel (side) with one hand, and with the other hand hold a thin-bladed knife, gently rotate it over the lip of the case and push it inward, gently popping off the bezel or back cover with the knife. Then, carefully remove the back cover from the case with your fingers or a screwdriver, being careful not to use too much force as this may damage the internal parts of the pocket watch.

Conclusion

    A pocket watch is a timeless accessory that exudes elegance and sophistication. Knowing how to wear and operate a pocket watch properly can enhance your style and add to your unique appeal. Whether you are an antique enthusiast or a watch collector, understanding the history and mechanics of pocket watches will enhance your appreciation of these exquisite devices.

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