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The History Of Gold Pocket Watches

Gold pocket watches have once been very popular among the upper classes in society as they were a symbol of wealthy and position. Gradually, it has become quite a common accessory for people of fashion. This article will give you a quick look on the history of gold pocket watches.


The evolution of gold pocket watch began around the 16th century with earlier recorded times dating back to the 14th century as the original birth of this watch. These watches could be worn or carried mainly three different ways. During the early 16th century wearing your watch around your neck seemed to be the choice of the times as this lasted several years. I have seen several instances over the last couple of years where this display of watch wearing could be seen in some music and fashion venues. I did not realize at the time that this was a fashion statement from the 16th century, after all displaying a watch of this type around your neck spoke volumes about your place in society.


That trend faded and the gold pocket watch made its way to the wrist. Again the watch was worn fashionably, if you could afford this watch you were considered royalty and you showed it off as such. The pocket watch soon made its way to the pocket for several reasons one being to protect it because of how easily the watch could be damaged from being worn around the wrist. The wrist worn watch also led to a number of dropped watches from being worn from the wrist. So the pocket is where the gold pocket watch resides and will be forever.


During the 16th century pocket watches would occasionally be lost or stolen probably due to the way they were worn or just carelessness. Ransoms of 3-5 pecos were offered for the return of any lost or stolen watch. These watches were highly thought of as evidenced by the ransoms being offered for their returns. After all these were the keepers of time and very fancy ones at that. The accuracy of the gold pocket watch improved with time and will forever be considered the beginning of time as we know it.


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