The Art of the Irish Pocket Watch and how to wear it


About The Irish Pocket Watch

Pocket watches are said to have originated as early as the 14th century where they were referred to as pocket clocks. The early concepts contained only the hour hand and not the minute hand and later the minute hand was added. The creation of a watch has always been a specialist craft and many hours go into creating a beautiful working system of swings and hands. Pocket watches are now seen as a statement piece and you will see many being worn by men in different styles. They prove to be a great gift for the groomsmen at a wedding.
The Irish Celtic themed pocket watches are a popular item because they not only are a creation to behold in the inside, but they are also decorated beautifully with the symbolism of Celtic Ireland.

If you are going to wear the pocket watch then wear it in style. The last thing you should do is squash all that beautiful Irish design into your pocket.  Before you choose your watch you should choose your chain wisely. Here is an overview of the types of chains and afterwards we give you some tips on how to wear your pocket watch.


The T-Bar Chain

The T-bar is a versatile chain that comes with the watches that gives you the option to wear it attached to the inside of a waistcoat if that’s your choice of clothing. You can choose the more modern look or else the more traditional look.


 The T-bar used with a waistcoat


Using The Bolt Chain and Belt Bar

If you're not wearing a waistcoat, the bolt or belt chain is a good option to go for. These chains allow you to attach the watch to a more casual ensemle. The chains can be supplied in different thickness levels depending on the occasion you are wearing it for.


Pocket watch with belt bar for a more casual look


Your pocket watch of choice can fit with an array of style, especially if you are able to pull off something creative but know the limits! Pocket watches were seen as a traditional piece, and yes they have a long history but that does not mean you can go your own way.


The Traditional Way

You'd sometimes see this ensemble at a wedding with the grooms men wearing them attached to their waistcoats for the occasion. Yes they may have the time on their iphone in their back pocket but that's not a classy choice! A waistcoat is part of a three piece suit and it is the inner garment. So to wear the pocket watch with this garment you simply bring the chain through one of the button holes and attach the fob to one of the pockets. Instead of the fob, a t-bar can be used or a bolt ring as displayed above.

If the waistcoat is a tweed waistcoat then the traditional pcket watch design is a more fitting choice. On the other hand if the waistcoat is more of a modern silky look then the modern style design is the best option.


The Casual Choice

If you want to wear the watch with a pair of jeans then make sure you a have the watch stongly secured. This is where we advise that you use the bolt or fob chain. You can then keep the watch in your pocket. However, be careful that you don't have a pocket that is too deep because when you want to reach for the time you dont want to struggle to get it out. If you dont want to go with the chain option you can use a leather strap instead which can be a good choice.


 Leather strap attachment with T-bar style


Wearing it at your Work

    Not many jobs involve throwing on the newsboy cap and heading out to the farm or the building site these days but nevertheless the pocket watch can still be a useful way to tell the time without the distraction of a watch around your wrist. If you choose to bring a pocket watch with you, make sure that the chain is a heavy durable one and attach it to your overalls but make sure it's safely tucked into your pocket to avoid it getting caught up in any tools.


    We believe that the Irish traditional style pocket watch is a timeless accessory and a statement piece that is here to stay. How you wear it is up to you. With so many watch faces and designs to choose from, there is always a piece for you. We leave you with a video of how the Mullingar Pewter pocket watches are made in the midlands of Ireland: 


    Please enjoy browsing our collection of pocket watches and other Irish gifts for men!

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