The Many Different Pocket Watch Types

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The Many Different Pocket Watch Types
The easily worn wristwatch may have replaced the pocket watch in popularity, but hobbyists such as
myself still remain true to the roots of the pocket watch. I love mine - and I hope you do too! This
article will outline the many different types and styles of pocket watches out there for you to collect or
Take a Look at Pocket Watch
Open faced models have the dial on top and the face is exposed. Hunter-case models have a cover to
protect the lens of the watch from scratches or damage. Railroad personnel were required to carry an
open-faced pocket watch. A Hunter-case usually has it hinges at nine o'clock position on the cover and
the latches at the three o'clock position on the watch's cover.
Wind-up Versus Electric Pocket Watches
The original pocket watches relied on clockwork mechanisms to keep time. The more expensive
modern reproductions of these watches also use clockwork. If a person is more interested than the style
rather than true authenticity, he can save some money by selecting a battery operated pocket watch. The
battery-operated reproductions can also be bought in open face and hunter-case varieties. However, a
classic enthusiast may not opt for a battery-operated watch and may be more interested in a more
vintage timepiece.
Take a Look at Pocket Watches
Different Pocket Watch Movement Types
Key-Wind, Key-Set Movement - The first pocket watch models developed in the 15th Century required
a key to set the time and wind the watch. A user would place the key in the back of the watch and turn
it until it set the time. This movement type was used until the middle of the 1800s.
Crown-Wind, Crown Set Movement - This method worked similar to the key wind movement type, but
it did away with the key. The first crown wind pocket watch was sold in the Great Exhibition held in
London in 1861. Queen Victoria and Prince Albert were among the first owners of this new watch
movement type. Crown-wind, crown-set is the most commonly used movement type used in vintage
and reproduction pocket watches.
Crown-wind, lever set movement - This watch was wound the same way as the crown-wind, crown-set
movement watch, but it contained a lever that prevented the user from setting the time when the lever
was pulled out. The ability to keep the time from being set accidentally made this type of movement
popular with railroad employees in the United States and Canada.