It seems we all like pocket watches but we continue to collect them
for different reasons. When I show off a PW to someone in my family or a friend
who doesn't collect them they are almost always attracted to the case and the dial
the movement is secondary. They say, "what a lovely face that watch has"
or "what a beautiful case", or is that a RR watch.
One of the tipping points that made me want to collect watches in ernest was that I saw a
very clear very closeup photograph of a highly jeweled watch and I could actually see the
jewels in the settings. I was "WOWed" by it. I said to myself this is really cool.
I had liked PW's very much already and always wanted to carry one and had collected a few
but after I fell in love with the movements and had that WOW experience I was really hooked on them.
I had collected some 7 jeweled watches back then and I wasn't a snoot
but I knew I wanted ones that I could see the jewels and their settings.
Eventually I also came to really like the plate/bridge layout of the watches too.
I know some people who only collect only Railroad watches, and some who
only collect key wind watches, and some who collect by brand name,
and some that only collect 23 jeweled watches, and some that want a little
of each. I also know people who collect beautifully carved cases in gold and
other precious metals some with beautiful enamel work as well.
I'm not really asking or trying to start a discussion here how or why you started collecting watches
that has been discussed 1000 times, but once you started collecting
which features of the watches you collect brings you the most "wow" factor.