Nowadays, people are quick to showcase an overzealous wristwatch or flash their cell phone cases when it comes to timekeeping. Those with a little more sophisticated style still appreciate the use of a pocket watch as an accessory piece, meant to dress up the simple act of timekeeping. The way they are worn has evolved with the times. Whilst pocket watches are considered to be antiques (having been around for centuries), they can still be considered for fashionable use if handled with care.
Just like with time telling from a wrist watch right-handed wearers carry their pocket watches on the left side of their bodies. Similarly, left-handed wearers carry their pocket watches on the right side of their bodies. It is best to ensure your watch is kept separate from loose change, keys, and other potentially damaging items. Unintentionally dropping your pocket watch is your biggest worry. This is why most pocket watches have been designed with a loop for attaching a chain to stop it from hitting the ground when you bend over or lose your grip on it.
Pocket watches are meant to be worn entirely inside a front pant pocket, a vest pocket and/or your jacket pocket. There was a time when long coats included a pocket with a loop that was especially intended for pocket watches but those days are long gone. It is also just as easy to have your local tailor add in a loop to a pocket and/or jacket to ensure that your pocket watch has a secure location to hold on to.
While some pocket watches were sold with a matching chain, others were not. Purchasing a chain for your pocket watch is dependent upon your choice of styles, metals, and length. You can determine the best chain length when you are sure of your pocket watche’s intended wardrobe location. Metals should match the watch style for a cohesive look although an alternative to a metal chain watch is a leather strap. A front pant pocket or vest pocket traditionally would require less chain length to secure to a buttonhole then an inside pocket or jacket pocket. Wherever you choose to wear your pocket watch, be sure to have enough length to secure your chain to a buttonhole or loop.
Today, pocket watches are worn mostly in the front pant pocket and without the signature pouch. However, it is still encouraged to use a cloth or leather pouch to protect the watch from wear when in use. Waist pouches have lost some popularity over time but still offer a stylish add on accessory to your pocket watch. Most pocket watch pouches secure to the waist by the belt and comes with a built-in loop to chain your pocket watch to. Wearing a leather pouch tends to be the most common alternative to complement pocket watches. It is also considered the gentlest on your pocket watch.
Don’t be afraid to show off your pocket watch. Pocket watches are considered elegant personal possessions and a welcoming ice breaker in a crowd. Each stylishly paired piece containing qualities as unique as its owner.