How do you properly wear a Pocketwatch?

Sorry if this is stupid, but since I have no experience with these, wondering how to wear. I've obviously seen 'chains' that go from pocket to pocket, but how else?  Just in your pocket, (hence the name)?  

These 2 came from my father, who got them from his grand father and his great grand father, who both worked on the railroads.  Thanks!

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One end of the chain was secured to a button so that if dropped, the watch wouldn't hit the ground. 

Usually, that end would be fished through a buttonhole so the hook was hidden behind the fabric. 

Then you'd secure the watch to the other end and drop it into the waistcoat pocket. 

Now you just put the watch on a stand on your desk or shelf and let the chain do whatever you want. 

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Those look awesome, and wonderful to have the family connection.

I have 3 antique pocket watches (all of which work and keep good time), but I never wear them. If I were to try wearing one, I'd want to make sure that it was on a chain and properly secured, since I know from personal experience how easy they are to drop.

If you haven't found it already, here is a link to a great resource for pocket watches:

https://pocketwatchdatabase.com/

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tempus

Those look awesome, and wonderful to have the family connection.

I have 3 antique pocket watches (all of which work and keep good time), but I never wear them. If I were to try wearing one, I'd want to make sure that it was on a chain and properly secured, since I know from personal experience how easy they are to drop.

If you haven't found it already, here is a link to a great resource for pocket watches:

https://pocketwatchdatabase.com/

Thank you Blake.  The Hamilton was serviced and a new crystal.  The Elgin was running, got a new crystal since it was missing, and my watch guy said it should be serviced, about $700.  That one will wait since it does run.  Someone said the Elgin looks like a Conductor's watch.

I will have to get a couple nice chains, then figure out how to wear them since I'm usually in shorts and t-shirts.

Have a great day!

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If you wear jeans likely you will already have a designated pocket for it on your right front side 😁

This article covers it 😉

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Da_Dutch_Collection

If you wear jeans likely you will already have a designated pocket for it on your right front side 😁

This article covers it 😉

you are correct, sir!

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IceCreamMan

you are correct, sir!

Don't skimp on the chain (or cord of some sort). Pre-shock resistant pocket watches are not likely to survive a drop on a hard surface without damage (e.g. the balance staff).

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for me it's a classic watch to wear when I'm in a 3 pieces suite ! watch in waistcoats pocket and chain tie to the button. 

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If the chain has a clip, literally looks like a little money clip, those can go on a belt or belt loop, watch in watch pocket or just a front pocket. 

Some of the chain hooks are meant to hook over a button, I believe.

The little bar end ones can also go through a lapel button and the watch in the chest pocket. 

Lastly, the chain length can be shortened at home if one has a pair of needle nose pliers and  a modicum of understanding how to break and re-close a chain link. Minimizing that dangling length by an inch or so can make a huge difference.