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I know it's an anachronism, but I can't help but be curious about what it would be like to own a really nice, well made pocket watch. I wear a tweed vest (just as much for function as for fashion) to work most days, and I would love to find a pocket watch to boot.

I'm less interested in antiques as I am in something that is simple, affordable, and over built.

Any suggestions?

asked Jan 17 '12 at 10:36

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I have had the Swiss Army pocket watch for over 15 years. Very basic watch, quartz (battery) with no cover. Stainless case with scratch resistant crystal. Sadly, it seems to be discontinued. Amazon ha a couple of used ones on their site here. Good luck!

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answered Jan 18 '12 at 18:50

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I clicked on the pocketwatch link in the post (from my RSS feed) and created an account specifically to recommend the Swiss Army pocket watch -- and then discovered the only other post here recommended the same. It's a great watch and I'm sure it will suit your purposes well. There should be some used ones floating around on Ebay too.

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answered Jan 19 '12 at 08:26

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I don't have any experience with it, but Garrett Wade sells this watch, which looks simple and fairly solid.

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answered Jan 19 '12 at 08:54

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Check out Princetonwatches.com They have them. Good company too. http://www.princetonwatches.com/shop/PXD198.asp

Or the Patek Philippe vintage watches on ebay are drool worthy and will work forever. You do have $6-$10K to spend, right? :-O

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answered Jan 19 '12 at 11:07

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I have had good luck with the Charles-Hubert pocket watches. They're in production, under $100, and keep good time. Available from Amazon, and a bunch of specialty sellers.

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answered Jan 19 '12 at 13:33

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You can still get jeans with a watch pocket. I'm still very satisfied with my Bulova that I bought thirty years ago.

I found one working pocket watch in the batch my grandfather had that also seems to keep good time.

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answered Jan 19 '12 at 14:25

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I emphatically recommend Bertucci field watches - they are very understated and classic-looking, but are built like tanks. I work in a chemistry lab, and every other watch I've ever owned quickly becomes spotted from solvents dissolving cheap plastic watch faces... these can take lots of abuse. For the features, they're also relatively affordable (just over $100)

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answered Jan 19 '12 at 18:11

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I love my Victorinox Swiss Army Watch! Fits in the watch pocket of my jeans, and is very durable (I have destroyed a number of cheaper pocket watches). But...it looks like you will have to buy one used now!

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answered Jan 19 '12 at 20:21

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Try Tissot ( http://www.tissot.ch ) They have a range of pocket watches. I haven't had one of their pocket watches but I am very happy with their bottom of the range mechanical automatic wrist watch.

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answered Jan 20 '12 at 03:29

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Try Tissot ( http://www.tissot.ch ) They have a range of pocket watches. I haven't tried their pocket watches but I am very happy with one their inexpensive mechanical automatic wrist watches.

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answered Jan 20 '12 at 03:30

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