I've been getting interested in mechanical pocket watches as of late, and would perhaps like to make this into a hobby of mine, but I'm a bit lost when it comes to types of watches and how they work.
I would like my first pocket watch to be a keeper, something I can bring with me wherever I go (perhaps for the rest of my life) and maintain myself, but I'm not going to spend insane amounts of money. $200-$300 tops. (I'm 20 and poor.) Perhaps I can throw in a few hundred more for something special.
I'm deciding between an antique and a fresh-made watch. I would like to own a watch with a history behind it, but I also like many of the Charles-Hubert watches I see. Charles-Hubert is only a 20 year old company though. It seems the old-time watch makers aren't making a good selection of pocket watches anymore, and nowhere near my price range. Anyways, all pocket watches were new at some point, so buying a new one is alright with me.
I like German things, a German-made watch would be great, perhaps there's pocket watch makers in Germany I could visit when I get around to traveling there. Or I could eBay an old German watch, but there don't seem to be many around.
What are good books or resources I can get to help me get started? Any tips or advice would be greatly appreciated. Questions are welcome as well.