Wednesday, January 27, 2016

The Best Men's Pocket Watches for Under...

Pocket watches are one of those lost relics, that went by the wayside with the things like the train, and the log cabin.  Things you can still find in our day, but things that produce such a feeling of age and awe, that most people can't help themselves from stopping and staring for just a moment.  It's for good reason though, the primary reason being you had to fish a pocket watch out of your pocket in order to read it.  People did not like that.  And I can appreciate that.

The Best Men's Pocket Watches for Under...

The Best Men's Pocket Watch for Under 50 Dollars

Relic Watches
Silvertone Pocket Watch
Model: ZR85071
Case: 47mm Stainless steel
Functions: HH, MM, SS
Movement: Quartz Movement
Water resistance: 99ft

Relic Watches is produced by Fossil, it is an economy line for them.  It's kind of hard to find out anything about their products, but, I have to say, this pocket watch is the best of a bad lot.  Seriously, for less than 50 dollars all the pocket watches I could find are 3 dollar Chinese bulk watches that anyone can buy at sites like Aliexpress.  I'm not knocking them, I have been looking at some of the watches there, there are so many, if you just want to see if you like a pocket watch as much as you like the idea of using a pocket watch, spending 5 dollars on one might be your best choice.

But, I digress.  The Relic Silvertone pocket watch is a 47mm quartz driven, stainless steel case pocket watch with a Demi-Hunter.  The relic has a black face with white Arabic numerals, and silver hands with illumination imbued into them.  The second hand is red.  The pocket watch comes with a chain that is detachable.

Overall, for under 40 dollars, this is not a bad looking pocket watch, the Demi-hunter is a nice addition, to help protect the lens.  I have not heard a lot about Relic, but I am happy that they are owned by Fossil.

The pocket watch will not need to be wound, as it is powered by a quartz movement, and it has some water resistance. But you should not take it swimming.

Amazon sells the watch for 37.50, which seems like a very reasonable price for a entry level pocket watch.

The Best Men's Pocket Watch for Under 100 Dollars

Gotham Watch Co.
Mechanical Silver Tone Pocket Watch
Model: GWC14036S
Case: 47mm, Brass
Functions: HH, MM, SS
Movement: Mechanical
Battery: N/A
Water resistance:

Gotham Watch Co. is not in any way related to the old Swiss Gotham watches, not at all.  Gotham pocket watches are a lot like most new pocket watch companies, in that sell pocket watches for under 300 dollars.  They are re-branded Chinese watches. 

That is not necessarily a bad thing, Chinese movements are pretty good for the price, the biggest concern with anything from China will be the lack of quality control and product inspection.  Meaning you could get one that doesn't function quite properly, and it may be a little work to get it rectified.  And you are not going to generally be buying these as

All that being said, The Gotham watches look pretty good.  This watch, is pretty nice looking.  It has a 47mm, chrome plated brass with the crown at the 3 o'clock position, and a Demi-Hunter cover with Roman numerals marking off the hours.  The dial is white with a partial skeleton, and also marking the hours with Roman numerals.  And the hour, minute and second hands are cobalt blue.  The watch also includes a 15" chain.

The movement is a Mechanical, hand winding model with 17 Jewels.  I am unsure about the power reserve or the bph on this movement.  

Amazon sells the watch for 79.95.  I think that is pretty god for a mechanical pocket watch.  It has gotten good reviews on Amazon, and for anyone looking for a inexpensive pocket watch, may want to take a look at the Gotham watches.

The Best Men's Pocket Watch for Under 200 Dollars

Ingersoll Watch Co.
Mickey Mouse 1930's Collection
Model: 25835
Case: 50mm, Stainless steel
Functions, HH, MM, SS
Movement: Mechanical Hand wound
Battery: N/A
Water resistance:

I couldn't resist.  The Ingersoll Mickey watches are classic in a lot of ways, and I figure, what better place to put one, than on a pocket watch list.  This pocket watch is a tribute from the classic Ingersoll/Disney watches.  Ingersoll is not the same company it once was.  The components are not all built in-house anymore.

That being said.  It still is an iconic watch and one that should be accounted for on any best of list.  The modern version of the Mickey watch is a 50mm stainless steel pocket watch with the crown at the 12 o'clock position.  The case can be purchased with either a polished finish, or the antique finish, like the one shown in the picture.  The dial is white with the iconic picture of Mickey Mouse, his hands used as the hour and minute hands.  The watch uses Arabic numerals to identify the hours, and it has a small seconds dial at the 6 o'clock position.

The movement is a 17 jewel, mechanical, hand wound movement.  I assume this is a Chinese movement, but have no proof of where the movement comes from.

The watch sells for around 190 dollars.  And for a Mickey Mouse fan, it seems reasonable for a fully functional pocket watch with the iconic mouse on it.

The Best Men's Pocket Watch for Under 500 Dollars

Orient Watch Co.
Classic Epoch
Model: FDD00002W0
Case: 40mm, Stainless steel
Functions: HH, MM, SS
Movement: Orient Mechanical Movement 48C40
Battery: N/A
Water resistance: 

We have finally stepped out of the realm of mysterious movements and  origins.  And it has come in the form of the Orient Epoch pocket watch.  A quality watch from a quality Japanese watchmaker.

The Orient Epoch has a 40mm stainless steel case with the crown at the 12 o'clock position, it has a sapphire crystal on both the front and back.  The dial face is white with Roman numerals at the hour marks in black lettering.  The hour, minute and second hands are black and the power reserve indicator located at the 9 o'clock position also has a black hand and markings.  The pocket watch also comes with a stainless steel chain.

The Orient Epoch comes with the Orient Mechanical 48C40, manual wind movement.  It has a 40 hour power reserve and runs at 21,600 bph.  The watch gives you a power reserve indicator on the face as well.

The Orient Epoch is a nice pocket watch. It is built with quality parts from a quality company.  It is listed on the Orient website for 425 dollars and I look at it as a reasonable by at that price.

Wrap up
The pocket watch market offers some pretty slim pickings.  In fact, the only watch that I would want to own on this list, personally is the Orient.  That's not to say that the other men's pocket watches on this list are not decent, they just are not for me.

At the best men's watches for under, I will try to say how I see it, and this is how I see it.  If you want a every day pocket watch, I would look at the Orient.  If you are looking for a collection piece, you're going to want to consider the Mickey watch, if you want something you use every once in a while you are going to want to go with a Gotham or a Relic.

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