Friends, my son's interest in pocket watches brings me into your world.
He is graduating from high school in a few weeks. When we asked him what he might like to commemorate the event he said, much to our amazement, that he would like a pocket watch. Not a new one, mind you, but a vintage one, because, as he told his mother, "old is always better." Bless his heart.
I have no experience in such things and would appreciate any guidance. The appropriate watch need not be gold, jewel encrusted, or from the shop of a lone, celibate Swiss watch-maker living in the shadow of the Matterhorn. But it should have integrity and subtle artistry. It should have some historical context (perhaps a trainman's piece) and keep a modicum of good time. And it should make my boy smile every time he takes it out to see when he in world he is.
I am obliged in advance.