Return of the Dapper Gent

Fob watches, also known as pocket watches, aren’t smart (they won’t measure your steps or your heart rate), but the heaviness of the watch and the vintage feel of the keychain to accompany it, seal it as the go to watch for special occasion dressing.

They first appeared on the scene in the 1500s as large round timepieces with only an hour hand, which evolved - due to King Charles II’s love of tucking his into his waistcoat pocket - into smaller sized pocket watches we are familiar with today. Ten years ago they had a reputation as beloved of round bellied bankers and barristers, but now the pocket watch conveys a hipster status of a man doing his own thing.

There is no other watch that can add instant dapper elegance to any occasion and they are best worn sparingly for special events. I myself bought an antique silver pocket watch as a surprise gift for my fiancé on our wedding day, and had it engraved on the caseback ‘see you at 2pm’.

So along with proper grooming and a firm handshake, the pocket watch says more about the modern man than it used to.


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9ct Waltham Pocket Watch & Chain (1919)


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18ct Mouline & Legrandroy Geneve Pocket Watch


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The Doble specialist watch room, for new and antique watches, is due to open soon on 10 July 2018 at our Exeter store - 01392 272228.