My Great Granddad was such a dapper and proper fellow that was always dressed in his finest threads. He always looked like he stepped right out of the Great Gatsby with his perfectly tailored suit and his 1920’s fade style haircut. I honestly expected to see him with a sidecar in one hand and a cigar in the either whenever I saw him. One of my favorite things about his perfectly put together outfit was the classic touch of a pocket watch that he would add to every suit. He was never without one of his many pocket watches and felt that no outfit would be complete without one.
My Granddad had a whole dresser drawer full of pocket watches that varied by size, metal type and watch type. I never knew there were so many different varieties of pocket watches available and really assumed that they were all the same with the exception of the type of metal they were made out of. When my Granddad passed away he left me his pocket watch collection and it is still to this day my most beloved material possession. Upon first being able to really touch and inspect the watches on my own time, I quickly become obsessed with these little pieces of machinery and artistry. You could say that I fell down the proverbial pocket watch rabbit hole.
My favorite pocket watch in my new collection is known as a mechanical, double hunter watch. It is such an amazingly designed piece of art. The mechanical feature of the watch gives it an old steampunk feel that is so different and amazing to look at. I love being able to see all of the moving parts up close and personal. A double hunter pocket watch has a front protective plate and a plate that opens on the back side that serves as a handy little stand. I happen to have this type of watch is bronze and it is truly stunning.
I am equally obsessed with my mechanical, double half hunter pocket watch. I clearly have a thing for seeing the cogs and gears working away inside of the watches. The double half hunter watch is very similar to the double hunter watch in that they both have the front and back door. The only difference between the two is that the protective cover door is made of quartz, which allows you to see all of the moving parts of the pocket watch without the worry that you may damage the parts somehow. This watch was the one that my Granddad wore most days and is extra special to me because of it. This one was made of gleaming silver with very intricate engraved filigree on the back door.
There are three other types of pocket watch that make up my pocket watch collection: open faced, full hunter and half hunter style – they are all equally beautiful and ornate in design. I could spend days discussing each little detail of the different watches because there are endless details that I am constantly discovering. I often find myself pulling my watches out to revisit childhood memories and to admire the details and artistry that drew my Granddad to the watches. I feel so lucky to have shared his love of pocket watches, but also to have this beautiful collection to call my own and to pass on to another generation when it is time.