When I first started collecting pocket watches, I knew absolutely nothing
about them except they looked nice and I wanted one. I couldn't even
figure out how to set the time on my first watch! As with any specialized
field, pocket watch collecting has its own terminology, and it's not always
easy for a novice collector to understand what the "experts" are talking
about. What follows is a brief explanation of some of the terms I use when
describing my watches, as well as some [hopefully] helpful information about
watches in general. This is not meant as a scholarly treatise, and much
of what I say are basic generalizations.
Also, I now have available copies of my informative and lavishly illustrated 40+ page booklet "The New Collector's Guide to Pocket Watches." This self-published booklet expands upon much that is found on this page, and also includes a number of additional sections, including a brief history of timekeeping through the ages, a diagram of all the major parts of a watch, and much, much more. The Guide is now available on Amazon.com in both paperback and Kindle format:
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