What are Pocket Watches
Nowadays regarded as one of the most collectable items in the jewellery industry, pocket watches were once an invention derived purely from necessity.
Developed many centuries before wrist-watches existed, pocket-watches were designed to be carried around by the owner in a pocket or, in their earliest incarnations, around the neck on a chain.
Before their invention, time-keeping had been limited to large clocks and sun-dials, and often people were left without any idea of what the time was except to gauge the position of the sun in the sky.
Pocket watches are by their very nature supposed to be as small and portable as possible.
Traditionally worn by men rather than women, their designs can be very ornate and ostentatious or can be quite simple and staid. Whilst some owners More...
No one knows exactly for sure where the word watch actually came from, although it is thought that it is once to have been related to the word wake, in the sense of a vigil.
Presumably, some of the first watches were used during the 1500''s by town watchmen, or by guards around europe. A watchman carried a portable clock around his neck or waist to time his rounds. These rounds were called watches , and supposedly, the small portable clock associated with these rounds became known as a watch, also.
Or possibly perhaps it was because a portable clock hanging around the neck was so close to him all the time that a person tended to ''watch'' his time as he went about his business and ordered his life to the clock.