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Sure am. I've been cheating on the APW though.....Are you wearing a watch
I either find pants with a watch pocket ("coin pocket" to the younger generation) or, for dress slacks and suit pants, I have a watch pocket added by my neighborhood tailor. The important factor is carrying the watch in its own pocket, to avoid scratching on other objects, and carrying it closer to your belt or waist to avoid excessive leg motion.My question is how are y'all wearing your watches? I don't wear a vest everyday and probably never will. Are there best practices for wearing a pocket watch with modern pants and a button down shirt?
This is how I wear it with the two piece or just shirt and slacks. A 12s fits nicely in that odd inner pocket.Often, pants will have another little pocket inside the right-side pocket.
Monastiraki in Athens! Bringing the watch back home you did not pay any duties and taxes, while they are a nightmare for me! I hope you enjoyed your staying!
Newest addition to my collection and what I'm carrying today.Several weeks back I had a conversation with Rick and we discussed the old threads
about carrying a watch. I really did not spend time looking for it, as it has been dormant
for quite a spell.
I will tell you my position on a wrist watch. Our closest town is Lebanon, KY and we do
indeed have a Walmart. Over the years I would go in, select the size and kind of quartz
watch I wanted to wear on my left wrist. Sure enough 3 years would go by and the battery
would conk out. I'd buy one at our local jeweler, give that crook some money and maybe
make it two years and it was that time again. I got fed up, I was already collecting pocket
watches and I finally found my permanent American watch maker (Rob Carter), so I made
my mind up to look through the watches for the best fit.
Keep in mind I collect mostly key winds, but I do have some serviced lever sets. I came to
the conclusion the best bet was my old E Howard Mershon in a hinged salesman display
case. I only had about $200 in the movement and $75 in the glass back. My other choice
was any one of my AT&Co grades in a silver case. Then I remembered every now in then
I go to church, weddings, funerals and special events, so I needed a carry watch for just
that occasion. I thought I'd use the same value model and add a bit for say a gold case.
Now one should note, I own hunter cased watches, but I prefer not use them. Instead I
collect original side winders. Also, from time to time, I'll switch up and grab one of my
other fusee's or a Swiss watch.
So I have my three displays of serviced watches and I have a group of carry watches
(also serviced). I will show two and name off the rest. As time goes by and I grab one of the
named ones for carry I will add the photos to this thread. Here I will name them and show
three of them (Rockford is for Sunday).
E Howard SN# 15062, AT&Co grade SN# 311609, Rockford model 2 SN# 66146.
Now Rick and I discussed making this thread for anyone who wants to add their
carry watch to this list. Keith R... and Rick Hufnagel.
Now if one goes to a meet and carries one, that counts.
EDIT: Thanks Tom M., for putting up the model 1859 with the DS dial, in "My early
Possible Railroad" thread!!
Here are the carry watches for Keith R...
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That bow and those hands are fantastic. Very nice piece
Those are both gorgeous watches, Ethan, but I am partial to Howards, and that one is a knockout.I've just wound up two very nice but very different watches, both about 124-130 years-old. The big one is 53.4mm in diameter, 15.7mm thick, and weighs 142 grams cased. The little one is 35mm in diameter, 10.9mm thick, and a svelte 39 grams cased. Frankly, I can't imagine carrying the big one in any of my pockets for very long. Which one would you prefer to carry?
The little one is this circa 1898 Elgin Grade 201 hunter. It's a Shreve PL in a 14k A.W.C.Co. case. Grade 201 is a 19-jewel 0-size movement, about as high-grade as any Elgin made.
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The big watch is this circa 1891-1893 Howard Series VII N-size watch. It is in a 14k E.H. & Co.-signed case.
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Very nice. I did a search to find the rest of the story - https://mb.nawcc.org/threads/elgins-with-heart-cut-out-balance-cock.170058/#post-1538642My brother is in from overseas and I felt like wearing a special
one today that is fresh from service. This Vermont PL should be perfect for a lunch today.
Jerry, I find that even when a non-collector does ask, the response after they've seen your watch is often dissatisfying. I once showed a waitress who requested to see my watch a Howard keywind in a gold case with a helical hairspring and a super-rare movement layout. She said, "My grandpa had one just like that." That's because all this particular woman knew about old watches was that they were round and they ticked. So, sure enough, grandpa's watch was "just like" mine.My wife and I went out to dinner with three other couples tonight and I thought I would wear one of my more showy watches. I pulled it out of my pocket a few times to check the time but none of our friends even noticed or asked about it.
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"What (you ask) is that watch you are wearing?" Well, since you care, it is an 1888 model Waltham, "Am'n Watch Co." grade in a fancy Fahys gold-fillled case, ca.1896.
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So, sure enough, grandpa's watch was "just like" mine.
I just had this conversation with a local dude. We met through a watch sale, and it was fun to actually find a fellow watch nerd in the wild.What (you ask) is that watch you are wearing
Whenever I am interacting with someone wearing a chain that looks like it might have a watch at the other end of it, I usually ask. Sometimes it is only a wallet. Other times it is a modern quartz reproduction of a 19th or early 20th century pocket watch. But every once in a while it is an actual mechanical pocket watch. and we get to talking.Yes it's rare.
I wore that one for a day or two, but it was just too bulky for me. I have switched to something smaller - a Waltham 10-size Colonial-A model with a 19j Riverside movement. (The '88 model is 52 mm diameter and the 10-size is only 43.5 mm; 35% thinner, too)."What (you ask) is that watch you are wearing?" Well, since you care, it is an 1888 model Waltham, "Am'n Watch Co." grade in a fancy Fahys gold-fillled case, ca.1896.
Jerry, I expect pretty soon you'll be carrying your experimental Keystone Howard 6/0 Size (or was it 3/0?). As for me, I like bulky watches. A Howard N Size will do in a pinch, but I really prefer my Waltham 20 Size watches.
No, not really. It gave me a hernia the last time I tried. Just kidding. I haven't gotten out of my gym shorts yet, but I may throw that watch in my shirt pocket, inside it's padded carrying pouch, later today.are you wearing that one today Clint