Pocket watches come in many different sizes and styles. One of the main differences is the type of case on the watch. This page tells you everything you need to know about the five main case styles. Open Face, Full Hunter, Half Hunter, Double Hunter and Half Double Hunter.
The Open Face pocket watch is self-explanatory; it's design has no cover and the time can be read without removing a case. This style of pocket watch was not popular in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries as they were easily broken due to the porcelain faces. Modern alternatives make this style of pocket watch a much more common and stylish time piece.
The Full Hunter pocket watch design often featured an ornately engraved outer casing with initials or even a picture or photograph displayed on the inner. Time-keeping, however, could become quite a hassle when the cover had to be opened every time the owner wanted to check the time, and this is why the half-hunter was invented.
The Half Hunter pocket watch featured a cover that included a crystal or hole that allowed the owner to see the hands of the watch without having to open it. Another factor to consider with pocket-watch design is the placement of their stem (sometimes referred to as the pendant). Traditionally the stem would be located above the ''12'' on an open-face pocket-watch, allowing the owner to hold the watch by the pendant and read the time.
The Double Hunter pocket watch has many of the same features as the Full Hunter pocket watch, with the front face of the pocket watch covered with a protective lid, but the difference with a double hunter pocket watch is that there is a lid which opens on the back of the pocket watch also, which is designed so that the mechanical movements of the pocket watch can be viewed, it also makes the pocket watch easy to stand on its own so that the time can easily be read, On Double Hunter pocket watches, the ''12'' would be located just below the stem of the pocket watch, which would mean when the watch is sitting on its own, the time would be facing the correct way.
Double Half Hunter
The Double Half Hunter pocket watch is a combination of the Double Hunter and the Half Hunter pocket watches, with it having all the features of a double hunter pocket watch which include having a front and back hinged-lid which fully opens, but the difference is that, like the Half Hunter pocket watch, it has a window on the front lid of the pocket watch which then enables you to view the dial of the pocket watch, with the luxury of having a protective covering to prevent the dial from being damaged. With these pocket watches you can also have the option of having a pocket watch with viewable mechanical movements from the front or the back of the pocket watch, which gives it a beautiful antique feel to it.