Engraved Pocket Watches - A Brief History

For millennia, people have always found ways of being able to tell the time and the pocket watch is one of the iconic images of humanity?s grasp of the knowledge of time. As you might expect, there is quite a long history associated with engraved pocket watches that could be of keen interest to anyone thinking of making a purchase.

Pocket watches represented a move toward smaller and more mobile time pieces than had been seen in previous centuries. The eighteenth century saw the rise of the pocket watch as we know it today and phased out the large, drum-shaped ?watch-clocks? that people used to have to lug around their necks. The engraved pocket watch made of gold and silver and easily nestling into a suit pocket was at first only something that adorned the outfits of the gentry. But it gradually became more and more popular as stylish, practical and compelling timepieces. It is said that when Charles II introduced waistcoats into fashion, the pocket watch as we know it today evolved in order to be placed into them. By the mid-nineteenth century pocket watches, thanks to the efforts of American Watch Company in Massachusetts, could be made with interchangeable parts. Thus, any breakage or damage to the internal mechanisms of the pocket watch didn?t mean the end of the beloved timepiece. Pocket watches remain popular as antiques and engraved gifts today for the more discerning gentleman, though their everyday use was phased out by the introduction of wrist watches at the end of WWI.

At Engraving Excellence, we are aware of the history that is behind engraved pocket watches and we put all of our respect for the past into the design and production of each pocket watch. If you want one for yourself, then why not have a look at our website at http://www.engraving-excellence.co.uk/?

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