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How Are Different Watches Set?

How Are Different Watches Set?

Most people think that you set a pocket watch the same way you set a wristwatch — by pulling out the winding stem. Well, that is true with many pocket watches, but by no means all of them! In fact, there are four main ways pocket watches can be set, and if you...
How Do You Open the Back of a Watch?

How Do You Open the Back of a Watch?

Most of the information crucial to identifying a particular pocket watch is inscribed on the watch movement. Different watches allow you to see the movement in different ways, however, and if you don’t realize how your watch opens up you can damage it. Pry off –...
Who Made My Watch?

Who Made My Watch?

The question I am most often asked is some variation of “Who made my watch?” This question usually occurs because the watch has no visible maker’s name or brand, and the answer is not quite as straightforward as you might think. There are various reasons why an...
Hallmarks

Hallmarks

Silver hallmarks in the UK date back to the medieval period and the practice of applying them as a guarantee of the purity of the precious metal represents Britain’s oldest form of consumer protection. It was Edward I (1272-1307) who first passed a statute requiring...