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Article: An Intro to Pocket Watches: what to think about when you buy your first Pocket Watch

An Intro to Pocket Watches: what to think about when you buy your first Pocket Watch

An Intro to Pocket Watches: what to think about when you buy your first Pocket Watch

Pocket watches, those timeless pieces of horological art, have a unique charm that has captivated enthusiasts for centuries. Whether you're drawn to their historical significance, intricate craftsmanship, or vintage elegance, pocket watches offer a fascinating journey into the world of traditional timekeeping. This guide will walk you through the essentials, helping you understand their types and features. 

Types of Pocket Watch

Pocket watches come in various types, each with their own appeal. Open-face pocket watches have no cover over the dial, making them practical for quick time checks. Hunter-case watches feature a hinged lid that protects the dial, often adorned with intricate engravings. Half-hunter watches combine both designs, with a lid that has a cut-out or glass panel, allowing the time to be viewed without fully opening the case. Understanding these differences can help you choose a watch that suits your style and needs. 

Distinct features

When selecting a pocket watch, consider key features such as movement, material, design, and size. Mechanical movements (manual or automatic) require winding and are prized for their craftsmanship, while quartz movements are battery-powered. At Rapport, we celebrate the pure original art of clock-making with carefully crafted mechanical movement pocket watches. Materials like gold, silver, stainless steel, and brass each offer distinct aesthetic and durability qualities. Look for designs that appeal to you, whether simple and elegant or highly ornate, and consider personalised engravings for sentimental value. 

Choosing your chain

Pocket watch chains vary in length, with shorter chains being suitable for waistcoat pockets and longer chains ideal for trouser pockets or outerwear. Designs range from simple, elegant links to more intricate, decorative patterns. Additionally, consider the clasp type - T-bar clasps are common for securing to a button-hole, while bolt ring clasps provide a secure attachment to belt loops or pockets. 




Rapport has been carefully crafting clocks for over 125 years, and our pocket watch collection reflects this, providing beautiful and intricately designed products. Read more about Rapport's pocket watch journey here, and browse our unique and timeless pocket watch collection here

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