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As I get more mature I am thinking of a nice pocket watch to wear instead of wristwatch. I am leaning toward a vintage Zenith for this, being somewhat of a Zenith fan. Is this possible or are all vintage pocket watches really just for a collection and not for day to day use?
 

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Absolutely possible. I'm not a PW wearer myself - but I know some of our members wear a pocket watch all the time. Make sure that you have a sturdy chain on it though to prevent dropping.

Zenith would be a great choice.
 

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As I get more mature I am thinking of a nice pocket watch to wear instead of wristwatch. I am leaning toward a vintage Zenith for this, being somewhat of a Zenith fan. Is this possible or are all vintage pocket watches really just for a collection and not for day to day use?
Absolutely possible! First make sure it's serviced, but then just wind it and carry it. The parts in PWs are larger, so they are sturdier wear more slowly than those in a wrist watch.

One thing, though - get pants with watch pockets. Blue jeans have them, and some dress pants, but any seamstress or tailor should be able to add them. If you put a pocket watch in the same pocket as your keys and coins, it will get scratched.

Also, careful with the chain around doorknobs. I broke one of my favorites when the chain got hooked on a doorknob, pulled it out of my pocket, then let it fall 3 feet to a hardwood floor.
 

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Of course it is. I did so for years - and what I wore was "only" a FF (Favre Freres) 8 jewel cylindre escapement watch from before WWI. It actually belonged to my great grandfather.....

That's a damned nice watch, Tick Talk. What make is it ("F. Luthi, Paris"?!), how old is it and what movement is insde, if I may ask?

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Oh excellent news, now to look for a nice Zenith……any recommendations that I should be keeping in mind: is there a period that I should be looking at to get the finest?
 

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Oh excellent news, now to look for a nice Zenith……any recommendations that I should be keeping in mind: is there a period that I should be looking at to get the finest?
I don't know anything about Zenith pocket watches, so I can't recommend a time period for finding the "best" watch, but looking for one with the highest number of jewels should result in getting a watch that will last the longest, assuming all other aspects of the vintage watch are found in the same condition. A person knowledgable about Zenith pocket watches should be able to give you some recommendations of which movements for which you should look.
 

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Of course it is. I did so for years - and what I wore was "only" a FF (Favre Freres) 8 jewel cylindre escapement watch from before WWI. It actually belonged to my great grandfather.....

That's a damned nice watch, Tick Talk. What make is it ("F. Luthi, Paris"?!), how old is it and what movement is insde, if I may ask?

Hartmut Richter
Great story Harmut. May I ask how the cylinder escapement fared for wear and accuracy? And begging forgiveness of the OP for this digression, here is a pic of the movement for you. Luthi was the Paris jeweler that retailed this piece. If you don't mind the tease; can you take a guess at the maker? Un spécialiste en heures sautantes ;-)

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Of course it's "possible", but there are practical considerations to make depending on your fashion sense and what kind of watch you want to wear. To wear a pocket watch you need an appropriate pocket, for example. Yes, you can wear a pocketwatch in a regular pant pocket, but you don't really want it sharing pocket space with other things (like keys or coins or other things that will scratch it up). Most jeans have a "watch" pocket, but the size of those varies by brand; some simply wont' take anything larger then a 12 or 14 size watch. Watches in pant pockets can be bothersome if you spend a lot of time sitting, and if you're using a "watch" pocket, you don't want it to be too tight; that makes it difficult to pull the watch out and can also increase the wear on the bow and the case.

Ideally, pocket watches deserve a good waistcoat, but that's a rather particular fashion statement that isn't for everyone.
 

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Of course it's "possible", but there are practical considerations to make depending on your fashion sense and what kind of watch you want to wear. To wear a pocket watch you need an appropriate pocket, for example. Yes, you can wear a pocketwatch in a regular pant pocket, but you don't really want it sharing pocket space with other things (like keys or coins or other things that will scratch it up). Most jeans have a "watch" pocket, but the size of those varies by brand; some simply wont' take anything larger then a 12 or 14 size watch. Watches in pant pockets can be bothersome if you spend a lot of time sitting, and if you're using a "watch" pocket, you don't want it to be too tight; that makes it difficult to pull the watch out and can also increase the wear on the bow and the case.

Ideally, pocket watches deserve a good waistcoat, but that's a rather particular fashion statement that isn't for everyone.
FWIW, I carry mine inside whatever pocket is handy to the outfit of choice, but protect it within a velvet service pouch. Really easy to pop it off when required but, as you mention, saves rubbing against the harsher elements that reside within one's pockets!
 

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Of course it's "possible", but there are practical considerations to make depending on your fashion sense and what kind of watch you want to wear. To wear a pocket watch you need an appropriate pocket, for example. Yes, you can wear a pocketwatch in a regular pant pocket, but you don't really want it sharing pocket space with other things (like keys or coins or other things that will scratch it up). Most jeans have a "watch" pocket, but the size of those varies by brand; some simply wont' take anything larger then a 12 or 14 size watch. Watches in pant pockets can be bothersome if you spend a lot of time sitting, and if you're using a "watch" pocket, you don't want it to be too tight; that makes it difficult to pull the watch out and can also increase the wear on the bow and the case.

Ideally, pocket watches deserve a good waistcoat, but that's a rather particular fashion statement that isn't for everyone.
I have waistcoats….but you are right there is a certain style to that but equally I wear a waistcoat with jeans, it can be done. Also, I am very careful where I put my wristwatch hand for the very same reason, I don't put my watch wearing hand into the same pocket as my keys for instance.

Whoops just notice Mr Tick Talk IS wearing jeans with a waistcoat, excellent!!
 

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I carry my pocket watch about half the time.




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guspech….hmmm…beautiful watch there.
Thanks. I love it. My wife gave it to me on our wedding day in June of 2000 in mint but non working condition. Just this year I finally had it cleaned, oiled and repaired. I would have fixed it sooner. But I thought it had been lost during our move from our old house to our new house.

LOL. She found it in one of our fire safes of all places. LOL.


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Well, the old cylindre escapement was accurate well within the minute per 24 hours. Usually within the half minute. As for durability, I couldn't have asked for better - I dropped it once and the balance staff didn't break!

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Of course it's "possible", but there are practical considerations to make depending on your fashion sense and what kind of watch you want to wear. To wear a pocket watch you need an appropriate pocket, for example. Yes, you can wear a pocketwatch in a regular pant pocket, but you don't really want it sharing pocket space with other things (like keys or coins or other things that will scratch it up). Most jeans have a "watch" pocket, but the size of those varies by brand; some simply wont' take anything larger then a 12 or 14 size watch. Watches in pant pockets can be bothersome if you spend a lot of time sitting, and if you're using a "watch" pocket, you don't want it to be too tight; that makes it difficult to pull the watch out and can also increase the wear on the bow and the case.

Ideally, pocket watches deserve a good waistcoat, but that's a rather particular fashion statement that isn't for everyone.
I carried a selection of pocket watches every day for about 5 years as my daily watch. My wife, who knows her way around a needle and thread, sewed watch pockets into all my pants. She used a hunter-cased Hamilton 943 to figure how large the pocket needed to be, so they were plenty big, and the location gave a really nice drape of the chain, from belt to pocket. I did have to get a number of larger springrings to attach the chain to a belt loop.

These days, I'll carry a pocket watch sometimes when wearing jeans, but also with a pair of Dockers I got at Costco of all places. They came with an integral watch pocket just like my wife used to make.
 

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Well, the old cylindre escapement was accurate well within the minute per 24 hours. Usually within the half minute. As for durability, I couldn't have asked for better - I dropped it once and the balance staff didn't break!

Hartmut Richter
Thank-you, Sir! And to answer your question about the digital pocket watch; the maker was Robert Cart of Le Locle. Cheers,
 

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I carry one of my Russian pocket watches sometime. I'd rather have a braided leather thong than a chain since I always wear jeans, but they were hard to find on the bay and the ones I saw on the river site had bad reviews, so I made my own. I've tested them with 6lbs of weight and they held up fine.


Sterling silver plated lobster clasp and gold ring from my past.



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Black and gray flat braid


A hand carved bone arrowhead I made years ago and used as a fob. I don't have a Molnija with the wolves on the back but thought it would go with that if I get one.
 
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