Swiss Pocket Watch Makers
Pocket watches predate wristwatches by nearly 400 years, with the first pocket watch introduced in 1510 in Germany. Through the years, pocket watches became an integral part of high society status, especially pocket watches made mostly or entirely in Switzerland. Swiss pocket watches gained a reputation as making stylish fashion statements during the 19th, and early part of the 20th, centuries. When wristwatches were given to army troops to better coordinate attack timing during World War I, pocket watches began a slow descent into obscurity. For the past 50 years, pocket watches are more collector's items than they are functional timekeeping pieces favoured by consumers.
Nonetheless, Swiss pocket watches have witnessed a mini-renaissance, as consumers understand the value of making an investment in this piece of men’s jewellery. Consumers can buy Swiss pocket watches at jewellery and antique shops, as well as shop online at the leading auction site, eBay. First, interested consumers should learn what defines a pocket watch, especially one made in Switzerland, as well as understand common pocket watch terms, and know what to look for when buying a Swiss pocket watch.
What Is a Pocket Watch?
A pocket watch fits inside of most pockets, typically waistcoat and trouser pockets. Pocket watches can possess a visible bezel or manufacturers can encase pocket watches with a gold or silver cover. Manufacturers can polish, engrave, or add artistic designs to the protective covers. Pocket watches have small spring latches that open the protective covers. For security reasons, most pocket watch owners secure their watches with a gold or sterling silver chain. The type of chain depends on where the watch is to be stored. A pocket watch T-bar chain slips through a waistcoat buttonhole, and then attaches the spring chain to a belt loop by using a belt clip. Shorter style chains feature fobs on the end of the chains. This type of chain hangs freely from the pocket.
What Defines a Swiss Pocket Watch?
Some manufacturers define Swiss watches as watches completely manufactured in Switzerland or watches that possess a Swiss movement. The Swiss government proclaims that the Swiss share of production costs must be at least 60 per cent for a watch to assume the Swiss label. However, the watch industry proposes a more stringent production cost minimum of 80 per cent. The confusion that surrounds the definition of Swiss watches has led to numerous false claims made by watch sellers. Watches that are entirely manufactured in Switzerland carry the designation "Swiss made" and the manufacturer’s logo prominently displays on either the watch case or on the back of the watch. Consumers should search for Swiss pocket watches entirely manufactured in Switzerland to ensure authenticity. A Swiss-made pocket watch that has been entirely produced in Switzerland encompasses a level of unparalleled quality and durability.