Originally Posted by Cary Grant
Me again... so where do pocket watches fit in this? Who's the go-to brand in this regard?
Check out the Breguet Marie Antoinette pocket watch
To be honest, pocket watches are not particularly popular these days. In fact, most of the brands don't produce a pocket watch line. Richard Mille released the RM20 tourbillon pocket watch, but its too much of a novelty.http://www.europastar.com/europastar..._id=1003796517
Having said that, vintage time only pocket watches of big names can be found at affordable prices, including those by Patek, Breguet and IWC as well as good old American brands like Hamilton.
If I were in the market for a pocket watch, I'd be looking for a vintage American made pocket watch like Hamilton, Elgin, Waltham, Ball or Illinois circa 1920's. These are railroad grade pocket watches which are defined as:
Must be Open faced, i.e. no flip open cover
Size 16 or 18
Minimum 17 jewels
Adjusted to at least five positions
Keep time accurately to within 30 seconds per week (that's about gaining 4.5 seconds a day)
Be adjusted to temps of 34 to 100 degrees Farenheit
Have a double roller, steel escape wheel, lever set, regulator, winding stem at 12 o'clock
Have bold black arabic numerals on a white dial, with black hands.
Hamilton continued to produce pocket watches until 1969 and given their popularity, I suspect that a good negotiator could walk away from a vintage watch store or fair with one of these beauties at a fraction of the cost of a wrist watch.