In addition to the two chronographs I’ve detailed above, I would also like to briefly direct your attention to a Longines pocket watch from the 1920s that’s just landed in the HODINKEE Shop. Pocket watches are often overlooked among contemporary watch collectors, and I was guilty of doing as much for years, until around this time in 2019. That’s when, during a Thanksgiving visit with my grandparents, I received a pair of pocket watches – one lever-set Hamilton, one South Bend – that were originally owned by my great-grandfather. I had never previously spent any significant amount of time with a pocket watch, but over the past few months, I’ve kept both timepieces on my desk as I’ve worked from home, and part of my daily routine has involved winding and interacting with them. They’ve served as great reminders of family I haven’t seen in nearly a year, with a physical presence that no FaceTime or Zoom call can replicate.
As 2020 draws to a close, and many of us continue to spend more time at home, I can’t endorse pocket watch ownership enough. It’s rewarding in a way completely different from a wristwatch, and spending time with my pair of pocket watches every day has given me a new appreciation for the history of watchmaking and how we measure the passage of time.