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    Is it possible to use a vintage pocket watch on a daily basis?

    As I get more mature I am thinking of a nice pocket watch to wear instead of wristwatch. I am leaning toward a vintage Zenith for this, being somewhat of a Zenith fan. Is this possible or are all vintage pocket watches really just for a collection and not for day to day use?

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    Re: Is it possible to use a vintage pocket watch on a daily basis?

    Absolutely possible. I'm not a PW wearer myself - but I know some of our members wear a pocket watch all the time. Make sure that you have a sturdy chain on it though to prevent dropping.

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    Re: Is it possible to use a vintage pocket watch on a daily basis?

    Quote Originally Posted by Telban View Post
    As I get more mature I am thinking of a nice pocket watch to wear instead of wristwatch. I am leaning toward a vintage Zenith for this, being somewhat of a Zenith fan. Is this possible or are all vintage pocket watches really just for a collection and not for day to day use?
    Absolutely possible! First make sure it's serviced, but then just wind it and carry it. The parts in PWs are larger, so they are sturdier wear more slowly than those in a wrist watch.

    One thing, though - get pants with watch pockets. Blue jeans have them, and some dress pants, but any seamstress or tailor should be able to add them. If you put a pocket watch in the same pocket as your keys and coins, it will get scratched.

    Also, careful with the chain around doorknobs. I broke one of my favorites when the chain got hooked on a doorknob, pulled it out of my pocket, then let it fall 3 feet to a hardwood floor.
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    Re: Is it possible to use a vintage pocket watch on a daily basis?

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    Re: Is it possible to use a vintage pocket watch on a daily basis?

    Of course it is. I did so for years - and what I wore was "only" a FF (Favre Freres) 8 jewel cylindre escapement watch from before WWI. It actually belonged to my great grandfather.....

    That's a damned nice watch, Tick Talk. What make is it ("F. Luthi, Paris"?!), how old is it and what movement is insde, if I may ask?

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    Re: Is it possible to use a vintage pocket watch on a daily basis?

    Oh excellent news, now to look for a nice Zenith……any recommendations that I should be keeping in mind: is there a period that I should be looking at to get the finest?

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    Re: Is it possible to use a vintage pocket watch on a daily basis?

    Quote Originally Posted by Telban View Post
    Oh excellent news, now to look for a nice Zenith……any recommendations that I should be keeping in mind: is there a period that I should be looking at to get the finest?
    I don't know anything about Zenith pocket watches, so I can't recommend a time period for finding the "best" watch, but looking for one with the highest number of jewels should result in getting a watch that will last the longest, assuming all other aspects of the vintage watch are found in the same condition. A person knowledgable about Zenith pocket watches should be able to give you some recommendations of which movements for which you should look.

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    Re: Is it possible to use a vintage pocket watch on a daily basis?

    Quote Originally Posted by Hartmut Richter View Post
    Of course it is. I did so for years - and what I wore was "only" a FF (Favre Freres) 8 jewel cylindre escapement watch from before WWI. It actually belonged to my great grandfather.....

    That's a damned nice watch, Tick Talk. What make is it ("F. Luthi, Paris"?!), how old is it and what movement is insde, if I may ask?

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    Great story Harmut. May I ask how the cylinder escapement fared for wear and accuracy? And begging forgiveness of the OP for this digression, here is a pic of the movement for you. Luthi was the Paris jeweler that retailed this piece. If you don't mind the tease; can you take a guess at the maker? Un spécialiste en heures sautantes

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    Re: Is it possible to use a vintage pocket watch on a daily basis?

    Of course it's "possible", but there are practical considerations to make depending on your fashion sense and what kind of watch you want to wear. To wear a pocket watch you need an appropriate pocket, for example. Yes, you can wear a pocketwatch in a regular pant pocket, but you don't really want it sharing pocket space with other things (like keys or coins or other things that will scratch it up). Most jeans have a "watch" pocket, but the size of those varies by brand; some simply wont' take anything larger then a 12 or 14 size watch. Watches in pant pockets can be bothersome if you spend a lot of time sitting, and if you're using a "watch" pocket, you don't want it to be too tight; that makes it difficult to pull the watch out and can also increase the wear on the bow and the case.

    Ideally, pocket watches deserve a good waistcoat, but that's a rather particular fashion statement that isn't for everyone.
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    Re: Is it possible to use a vintage pocket watch on a daily basis?

    Quote Originally Posted by AbslomRob View Post
    Of course it's "possible", but there are practical considerations to make depending on your fashion sense and what kind of watch you want to wear. To wear a pocket watch you need an appropriate pocket, for example. Yes, you can wear a pocketwatch in a regular pant pocket, but you don't really want it sharing pocket space with other things (like keys or coins or other things that will scratch it up). Most jeans have a "watch" pocket, but the size of those varies by brand; some simply wont' take anything larger then a 12 or 14 size watch. Watches in pant pockets can be bothersome if you spend a lot of time sitting, and if you're using a "watch" pocket, you don't want it to be too tight; that makes it difficult to pull the watch out and can also increase the wear on the bow and the case.

    Ideally, pocket watches deserve a good waistcoat, but that's a rather particular fashion statement that isn't for everyone.
    FWIW, I carry mine inside whatever pocket is handy to the outfit of choice, but protect it within a velvet service pouch. Really easy to pop it off when required but, as you mention, saves rubbing against the harsher elements that reside within one's pockets!
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