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The Digital Pocket Watch: The Smartest Way to Tell Time

Pocket watches may differ in terms of form and aesthetic components, but they all have the same mechanical inner workings. If you own a pocket watch or want to become a collector, it is a good idea to grasp how pocket watch parts interact with one another and how the fundamental mechanics of the watch function, especially because older watches are more prone to cease operating or require repair on sensitive sections.

What is a pocket watch?

First, it is important to understand that a pocket watch is not a digital watch. A pocket watch is a mechanical wrist watch (or pocket watch) with a face that is meant to be worn on the wrist. These watches usually consist of a face with “fixed” or “dial” style numerals at either 12 or 9 o’clock. Pocket watches often have a domed or tapered case with curved corners and vertical lines running along the edges of the case, along with push pins in the case that allow for changing the case’s content. Some are engraved with names or sentimental dates.  The inner workings of a pocket watch may differ from those of a digital watch, but they are not entirely dissimilar.

Pocket Watches and the Modern World

To understand how this tiny watch movement can serve you, first look at the watch in its present state. Unlike a mechanical watch, which can only be worn for a limited amount of time, the pocket watch can be worn for days, weeks, months or years. A well-made pocket watch is very durable, despite the relative fragility of the hands and face. There have been several questions surrounding the longevity of pocket watches over the years. A recurring fact is that the hands do tend to get dirty, especially if worn in wet or dirty locations. But it is believed that due to the open design, the dust has nowhere to build up and it is quickly removed with a vacuum cleaner. Another indication that the pocket watch is not worn on a very formal or formal occasion.

The Parts of a Pocket Watch

The watch face: the piece that’s often the easiest to see. It’s the display that you’re looking at while you’re wearing the watch and that shows the time. The face itself is shaped to be easily read from several different angles and can be made with various materials and designs. There is also a variety of available watch faces to choose from to reflect your personality.  The hands: these are the individual pieces that count time when the time display isn’t on. The hands are typically decorated with metal or some other harder material, and you’ll be able to see the numbers on the hands by tilting the watch up or down. The number “7” on the watch face is the 8 o’clock position for all pocket watches, or 3 o’clock on a lug watch (such as the Rolex Explorer).

How Do You Read the Time on a Pocket Watch?

Pocket watches come in all sorts of styles, from time-only (no perpetual calendar) to perpetual calendars to simple, watch-only examples. Some pocket watches have detailed movements that give them mechanical features that resemble the movements of standard mechanical timepieces. While most pocket watches do not have crystal faces and reflector hands like a contemporary mechanical watch, all pocket watches are equipped with the heart of the watch—the timekeeping device. The two most common and arguably most essential elements in a watch are the winding handle and the mechanism that changes the time.

Some Commonly Asked Questions About Pocket Watches

Since all pocket watches are of the same basic design, they all share the same basic parts: the movement, the crystal, and the hands. In general, most pocket watches were built around the movement — that is, the gears that run the movement — and a watch case or cover. Each type of movement has a different number of gears (ticking clock, tick minutes, and minute-counter movements have a full set of 10). Common movements include mechanical and mechanical-calendar movements. Both types of movements can utilize a semiautomatic or a fully automatic movement, which determine the number of gears the watch will have. The mechanical movements utilize a traditional balance, repeater, and balance spring.


A good pocket watch is in possession of several mechanical components which must work in perfect unison for them to be operated. Therefore, the pocket watch will always keep accurate time whether it is operated by hand, wire, or the built-in movement. Pocket watches, especially mechanical pocket watches, have stood the test of time as their reputation has survived the generations to become a family heirloom and keeps people in touch with the real world and present-day life.  Several models are available in the market, and by searching the web or asking the owner of a watch that is no longer in use, you can find the one that best suits your needs and requirements.  Requirements for a pocket watch:  Size – Pocket watches come in different sizes: small, medium, large and extra-large.

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