Pocket watch use peaked in the late 19th century as a wave of investment went into pocket watch design and manufacture by companies such as Elgin, Waltham, Hamilton, and Illinois. The was because railroads needed highly accurate, precision timepieces so their locomotive engineers could maintain strict schedules, thus avoiding collisions.
Hunting case watches, popular during the 19th century, have a closed cover that flips open when you push a button. By 1900, the open face watch took over and hunting case watches became less commonplace.
The shafts on the wheels of pocket watches are made of steel, and the plates are made of different kinds of brass, most commonly nickel brass (also known as nickel plate). The gears are usually made of brass, but some were made of steel and gold was used on high-grade watches.
Antique pocket watch collectors care both about a watch's movement and its case. Cases were made of different metals like silver and gold. Many were gold-filled, with two thin sheets of gold on the outside around a thicker layer of brass.
Pocket watch cases were also made from a wide variety of silver colored material, with names like silveride, usually nickel based. While gold watch cases are appealing to collectors, today's value has more to do with what was appropriate to the watch at the time.
The quality of an antique pocket watch movement is related to the number of jewels it has and other factors. For a more detailed discussion of jewels see railroad pocket watches.
Best of the Web (“Hall of Fame”)
Barry S. Goldbergs Pocket Watch Collection
American Watch Company Web
National Watch and Clock Museum
Clubs & Associations
Other Great Reference Sites
Most watched eBay auctions
Recent News: Pocket Watches
Source: Google News
Book Review: 'The Great Abraham Lincoln Pocket Watch Conspiracy'The Cauldron (subscription), October 19th
If you're a history buff who loves reading rollicking adventure books, then “The Great Abraham Lincoln Pocket Watch Conspiracy” is perfect for you. Jacopo Della Quercia, a history writer and educator, has crafted a wonderful historical fiction novel...Read more
Altering history with Jacopo Della Quercia: The Great Abraham Lincoln Pocket ...alloveralbany, October 17th
He came to Albany a few years ago to be closer to family (his brother and sister-in-law own the popular Lark Street bakery Crisan) and started work on his first novel -- the newly released Great Abraham Lincoln Pocket Watch Conspiracy -- "an equal...Read more
Patek Philippe's Best-Kept SecretWall Street Journal, October 13th
ON THE TRAY IN FRONT of me is Switzerland's best-kept and most-anticipated secret of the year: the dazzling white dial inside a glowing circle of rose gold that is Patek Philippe's 175th-anniversary Grandmaster Chime. Thierry Stern, 44, the fourth ...Read more
Man claims cop stole cash right out of his pocket, watch the videoWABC-TV, October 8th
In the video, keep an eye on the right hand of the police officer, which goes into Lenard Joye's sweater pocket and comes out with what Joye claims is a wad of cash, which the police officer does not give back. "Why you gonna take my money," you hear...Read more
Pocket watch mystery solvedITV News, October 8th
The search for the rightful owner of a gold pocket watch presented to a World War One hero has ended. ITV Tyne Tees reported last week how a Northumberland woman found the watch - belonging to a Wesley Jackson - in her late father's possessions...Read more
Limited edition Henry Ford pocket watch now availableMotoring Research (blog), October 7th
Henry Ford pocket watch Detroit watch manufacturer Shinola is making a series of timepieces inspired by American innovators – and this is the second, influenced by Henry Ford. It features a polished stainless steel case and, naturally, you can have the...Read more
New Watch: Shinola The Henry Ford Pocket WatchBloomberg, September 30th
Shinola (Detroit) -- Most luxury watches these days are mechanical wristwatches, but what we have here is neither: it's a quartz pocket watch from Detroit-based watchmaker Shinola. The Henry Ford Limited Edition Pocket Watch is the second installment...Read more
Pocket Watch takes off on British Airways flightsWatchPro.com, September 23rd
Pocket Watches, which was launched by distributor Peers Hardy in April this year, has enjoyed sky high sales onboard British Airways flights, the company says. The fashion watch brand was first listed in BA's Highlife magazine in July, and immediately ...Read more