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post #1 of 10
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Now that I am wearing three piece suits, I would like to also wear a pocket watch. My trousers have a watch pocket. Any watches to recommend? And where to get them? Any information is welcome.
post #2 of 10
If you want to buy a new pocket watch, and you've got the $$$, a Breguet is hard to beat. If it were me, however, I would be searching the web for some nice vintage model bargains. Kai
post #3 of 10
I must compliment you on your sense of style clarinetplayer.There are numerous ways to wear a pocket watch and chain.In your jacket lapel.A variety of ways on your vest.(Here's some sartorial trivia---------What's the name of a buttonhole cut in a vest specifically to accomodate a watch chain ?)In a specially-made watch pocket of your trousers or in regular trouser pockets.But that wasn't your question.......... There are a number of truly exquisite pocket watches being made today by such makers as the aforementioned Breguet .The first that comes to my mind is Patek Phillipe.And there are others.The internet has a variety of different sources including ebay.Caveat emptor . One can also get an old watch rehabbed (Spelling?).When I found out how valuable my inherited watch was, I put it in the safe deposit box at the bank and then found an old pocket watch in need of some loving attention,had it rehabilitated and ended up with a nice-looking watch that keeps very good time.This was not very expensive. Some consider it dandified.That's OK with me. I've always thought that the slightly time-consuming process of snagging a pocket watch out of one's pocket and glancing leisurely at the face implies a certain indifference to the frantic pace of today's daily existence. The folks at work are used to it, but it seems that hardly a day goes by that someone, on the street or wherever, doesn't compliment me on it. Go for it and good luck .
post #4 of 10
Why bother with the trouser watch pocket? Why not go wholly Anglo (or should that be holy Anglo?) and wear it with a nice chain draping across the waistcoat front? Maybe ebay would have something more affordable than a Breuget or a Patek Philippe - a nice vintage Hamilton or Elgin pocket watch........
post #5 of 10
You definitely should consider a pre-owned model; why buy a new one when the old ones are just as good? Unless you want to buy a watch from the early 1800's, I wouldn't buy a Breguet. From the mid-1800's until recently, Breguet really was more of a retailer than a watch maker. Certainly, I would consider the great watch makers from the first 50 years of the last century: Patek (first among equals?) Vacheron Constantin Audemars Piguet Girard Perregaux Ulysse Nardin Cartier (actually made by others for them) Tiffany (ditto) U.S. makers: Hamilton was, I think, the top of the line, though I'm not certain of this. I would consider buying one at auction. The premier watch auction company is Antiquorum (www.antiquorum.com).They give a good rating of each watch's case, dial and movement, and an assessment of investment potential. Also, Sotheby's and Christies offer fine watches through their auctions -- catalogs available online. If you buy at auction, be prepared to pay to have the watch cleaned/overhauled, which will likely cost as much as $750, depending on where you have it done -- the watch companies are the most expensive. You probably don't need to have them do it for a pocket watch. Web sites: watchnet.com and timezone.com have classifieds, as well as good reviews and articles. Make sure you are well-educated before you spend a significant amount of money.[And beware -- watch collecting can become very addicting.]
post #6 of 10
I'm not much of an expert on fine watches, but I'd second the recommendation for Hamilton. There are many, many vintage models on eBay and elsewhere for reasonable prices; and most of them have a lot of style. Illinois is another good vintage option.
post #7 of 10
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Some consider it dandified.That's OK with me. I've always thought that the slightly time-consuming process of snagging a pocket watch out of one's pocket and glancing leisurely at the face implies a certain indifference to the frantic pace of today's daily existence.
For the reasons you cited, wearing a pocket watch is not a sign of "dandification".  It is practical and functional.  And, at the same time, a touch of elegant class.  Thanks for your interesting response.
post #8 of 10
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Web sites: watchnet.com and timezone.com have classifieds, as well as good reviews and articles.  Make sure you are well-educated before you spend a significant amount of money.[And beware -- watch collecting can become very addicting.]
Shoefan: Thank you for the listing and websites.  And for the "beware".  
post #9 of 10
Clarinetplayer. Please don't forget to send us pictures of you and your splendid-sounding suits when they appear.Perhaps you would have acquired a pocket watch and chain by then and you'll look like a page out of Esquire.........circa 1935. It doesn't get any better than that   IMHO
post #10 of 10
Using the search facility, I came up with this very old thread. I'm bringing it back to life... I believe the type of chain that spans across the waistcoat central opening is called a double Albert. In that case, what's the type of chain that simply sits to one side of the waistcoat, only revealed when one side of the main jacket is pulled back? I like this look, but is it now considered as too much like costume? How does this type of chain attach to the waistcoat?
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