A survey for a design student on overnight care for a pocket watch.

Discussion in 'European & Other Pocket Watches' started by Glenn Jenkin, Nov 29, 2019.

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Do you have a perfect solution for storing your pocket watch and fob chain overnight?

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  1. Glenn Jenkin

    Glenn Jenkin Registered User

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    Dear fellow pocket watch lovers, thank you for your comments and pictures.

    I am wanting to act on behalf of a grade 11 student I teach who has taken on the challenging of solving my overnight pocket watch storage problem. As with you guys, I am very particular with my pocket and accessories, including my gold fob chain.

    As part of this long term project, the student (Annie) needs to obtain general feedback from a range of people who may have a similar problem to establish a need beyond just the client (me).

    To this end, she would like to ask the following questions.

    1 Do you have a perfect solution for storing your pocket watch and fob chain overnight?
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    2 If no, can you elaborate on the problem and how you store the watch at this moment?

    I know Annie would be interested in sharing her work and development with you guys, and I hope you can find a minute to share your thoughts.

    Kind regards

    Glenn (for Annie)
     
  2. Bryan Eyring

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    Laid flat on the rear of the case, with chain attached and adjacent to the watch, away from my hands whilst I sleep:)
     
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  3. richiec

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    My good ones stay in a segmented box with their friends with the chain attached and nestled next to the movement.
     
  4. Omexa

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    Hi, a Large Safe that is not easily removed would be an ideal place to store a Valuable Pocket Watch; in my Case a Top Floor Apartment with only one Deadlocked entrance and Mesh on the Balcony to stop Thieves. Regards Ray
     
  5. Audemars

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    In a locked box, in a locked safe which is (a) built into a wall and (b) bolted to a big chunk of concrete which is an integral part of the house. Simple.
     
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  6. richiec

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    As opposed to most, no one would retire on my "collection".
     
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    and not mine either but that's not why I collect;)

    But the OP asked about overnight storage not long term storage.



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    Overnight or long term - I don't see the difference if you are talking about objects with either great sentimental or monetary value.

    - yes, I'm paranoid, but that doesn't mean they aren't out to get me.

    P
     
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  9. DaveyG

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    I, some time ago, sold a silver J W Benson pocket watch with all of its original paperwork, receipts and boxes etc which dated to 1923. The J W Benson advice was to remove the watch from its associated chain, wind it fully and place it underneath your pillow before you 'retired' for the night. This, of course, would be in the time when the watch was in daily use and there was no central heating and the likelihood is that the house would have been a lot colder than we are accustomed to these days.

    My collection is stored in draws that have been lined with dense foam rubber, dial up and not running. When I have a watch running I place them in plastic stands, usually pendant up and sloping gently at about 15 degrees.
     
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  10. Glenn Jenkin

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    Thank you for all those who responded. It means a lot to gain data supporting the problem.
     
  11. Dr. Jon

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    I believe the OP wanted to know about storing the watch when sleeping, between wearings by day.
    Almost any not too shiny flat surface will do. If the surface is too polished the entire watch may oscillate in reaction to the balance swinging and the rate go off.

    It should be in a place where you are not likely to knock it overnight and and not a place where you are likely to throw anything on top of it. This is why a night stand is not the best option.

    I wind my pocket watches almost as soon as I get up but not immediately as it takes a bit of time for the body to get fully functional. If you check your email when you get uo keep it near that device.
     

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