An Orient Pocket Watch: a Gentleman’s Best Friend

March 5th, 2010 | 7 Comments

Pocket watches were the most common type of watch from the 16th century all the way until wristwatches were popularized after World War I. Since the classic pocket watch design has fallen out of mainstream popularity, it is, more than ever, seen as a mark of gentlemanly style and refinement.

Orient offers a pocket watch style that has been described as “a new take on an old standard.”

Read on to learn about:

The History of the Pocket Watch

One of the earliest references to the pocket watch came in November 1462. In a letter from an Italian clockmaker to the Marchese di Manta, the clockmaker offers the Marchese a “pocket clock” better than the one the Duke of Modena had.

This early pocket watch was still weight-driven. However, by the end of the 15th century, mainspring-driven pocket watches had appeared in Italy and Germany. A German master locksmith was regularly manufacturing pocket watches by 1524, and their popularity spread throughout the rest of Europe during the 16th century.

The first American pocket watches with machine-made parts appeared in the late 1830s. Watches were considered a high-status item before the mid-19th century because production of mechanical watches didn’t become streamlined until around mid-19th century.

Railroads Made Watch Popularity Grow

In addition to improved production, the rise of railroads during this time period led to widespread popularity of pocket watches. The probability of train accidents and wrecks increased significantly, if all railroad workers did not have access to an accurate current time. Because of this, pocket watches became required equipment for all railroad workers.

Pocket Watch Style

There are 2 pocket watch styles:

  • Open-face pocket watch
  • Hunter-case pocket watch

An open-face pocket watch has no cover. Typically, open-faced watches have the pendant located at the 12 o’clock position and the sub-second dial located at the 6 o’clock position.

Watch Mainspring

A hunter-case pocket watch has a spring-hinged circular metal lid or cover that closes over the watch dial and crystal. The lid protects the dial and crystal from dust, scratches, damage and debris.

Most antique and vintage hunter-case pocket watches have the hinges at the 9 o’clock position. Typically, the stem, crown and bow of the watch is located at the 3 o’clock position. However, modern hunter-case pocket watches usually have the hinges at 6 o’clock and the stem, crown and bow at 12 o’clock.

Choosing a Pocket Watch

When choosing a pocket watch, keep in mind size and style. Some pocket watches can weigh down your pocket with their bulky size, and others lack the sophistication of vintage pocket watches.

If you are looking for a slim, elegant pocket watch at a reasonable price, consider an Orient pocket watch. With only a 40mm diameter, you won’t even feel it in your pocket as you float through your busy days.

Part of the company’s Executive series, the CDD00001W features a 40-hour power reserve indicator so you know when you must wind your watch. The Orient pocket watch also boasts a stainless steel case, 4-screw fixed caseback, and sapphire crystal.

Check out this review:

Choosing a pocket watch over a wristwatch is a bold choice, a choice best suited for classy gentlemen with high style.

Cassie Wallace

  1. 7 Comments | Tell us what you think!

  2. By Gil Belford on Mar 16, 2010

    Nice to see that someone still values the old values of the gentlemen.

    I will most likely be purchasing one of these in the future!

  3. By Eric Freutel on Apr 17, 2010

    A very charming watch with a gorgeous dial, an interesting complication(power reserve) and an unbeatable value- a tremendous watch for the money!

  4. By My name is Nobody on Jun 28, 2010

    A very intresting pocket watch indeed, I personaly really like the clock face on the orient pocket watch, altough my personal preference goes to Hunter-case pocket watches I’m quite interested in this Open-face pocket watch.
    Pocket watches always remind me of the good old days.

  5. By CHAN CHEE KEONG on Dec 10, 2010

    ORIENT pocket watch is a all new pocket watch needs no worry about the pocket watch spare parts compare with the old or used pocket watch.

  6. By CHAN CHEE KEONG on Dec 12, 2010

    I will be very happy if the free Orient watch is Orient CDDOOOO1W pocket watch and I am one of the lucky winner.

  7. By Aaron kincheloe on Apr 26, 2011

    I just ordered one. I can’t wait to carry it in my pocket at work where no jewelry or wrist watches are allowed.

  8. By Christopher on Jul 20, 2011

    Great quality watch especially the pocket watch. Great dial and I love the blued hands. Exquisitely made. 40hr power reserve is always a plus.

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