I would like to help but am short on time, can anyone help him/her? I will email him a link to this thread and hopefully he will join the forum.
Thanks in advance
Trebor's Vintage Watches
I'm a novice writer with a lot of ambition. I'm writing a story that involves an old pocket watch - say, about 70- or 80-years old. However, I don't know a thing about pocket watches. I do not need to know anything complex about pocket watches or their inner workings. I'm only looking for the basic terminology relating to the outside of the pocket watch. I could really use your help, Robert.
Here are my questions:
1) At the top of the pocket watch, the knob (???) you depress with your thumb to open the lid (???) in order to see the time is called the "stem" or is called the "lever," Robert?
2) Does "stem wind" mean that you must wind the pocket watch yourself periodically?
3) What does "lever set" mean?
4) How does "lever set" differ from "stem wind and set," Robert?
5) What does "double roller" mean?
6) Would Roman numerals or Arabic numerals be more popular in a pocket watch manufactured in the 1920's?
7) What does "silverode case" mean?
8) What is a "bezel"?
9) The "case" is the front and back of the pocket watch, I presume. The picture (or scene) is always "engraved" on the front of the case?
10) Popular "scenes" engraved on pocket watches are hunting scenes, fishing scenes, and railroad steam / diesel engines, yes? Can you think of any others, Robert?
11) What is a "three finger bridge"?
12) Pocket watches can be manufactured from gold, silver, pewter, brass . . . any other materials?
13) What I am calling the "lid" - the front of the case that springs open when the top is depressed with the thumb - is actually called what?
14) If I were to have a pocket watch inscribed with writing, would the inscription usually be on the back of the case or inside the the lid (front of the case)?
15) Is, "An inch of time is worth an inch of gold, but an inch of gold can't buy an inch of time" an inscription that is too long to have insribed on a pocket watch? What would you say is the maximum number of lines or words or letters that would fit on a pocket watch?
16) How about putting a photograph inside the lid (front of the case)? Often done? Easily done? Any reason why not to do it?
17) Are all pocket watch hands alike? Are some styles of hands better than others?
18) Would all pocket watches manufactured in the 1920's have a glass crystal?
19) What do you call the kind of second hand that is within a small circle at the bottom of the pocket watch dial (at the six o'clock position)?
20) Would the dial of a pocket watch manufactured in the 1920's be marked "Official RR Standard" only if it was manufactured in the United States? How about a German-manufactured pocket watch from the same time period?
Again, I'm extremely grateful to you for any help you can give me, Robert.