Dalvey full hunter stainless steel pocket watch

February 14, 2010 by  
Filed under Dalvey, Ernest Jones, £51 - £75

Dalvey pocket watchThis classic styled full hunter pocket watch from Dalvey Scotland features quartz movement, cream dial and stainless steel finish. Classic watchmaking at it’s best this timepiece would make an ideal gift for any man, perhaps as an anniversary, wedding or bestman gift.

Being made with a full hunter design the watch comes complete with a protective stainless steel case to cover the watch dial when not in use with the Dalvey logo on the front. The back of the watch is plain allowing for engraving if required to add that personal finishing touch to this classic piece.

Product features
Brand: Dalvey
Case material: Stainless steel
Dial face colour: Cream
Dial face shape: Round
Movement type: Quartz

Ernest Jones being watch specialists also offer an engraving service with this pocket watch. In this case the engraving is limited to 10 characters on the back of the piece with prices of £7.00 for upto 3 characters ideal for initials or £9.00 for between 4 and 10 characters.

The Dalvey full hunter is available from Ernest Jones – click here for more information and to buy.

Types of pocket watch

February 2, 2010 by  
Filed under Questions

There are three different distinctive pocket watch designs and styles, the open face, full hunter and half hunter, each have their own uses and purposes. Pocket watches are often classed and sold by their design type hence the reason you will often see a timepiece detailed as open face or hunter style.

Although pocket watches are a watch design on their own there are various different styles and designs that set them apart from each other, much in the same way as you have different style wrist watches. These design differences effect the way that the pocket-watch is used and how the time is displayed. Each design can have an effect on the value of the watch especially when looking at purchasing antique pocket watches as the different designs were popular during different periods in time.

Collectors or horologists as they are also sometimes known tend to stick with one particular design style that way they can specialise in a certain area, they also can then build up knowledge of a particular brand or period of time.sekonda-1-front-small

There are three main types, the open face, the half hunter and the hunter (also known as the full hunter). There are also double hunter and half double hunter variations but these are less common and as the names suggest are variations on the main three design types.

Open face

Open face pocket watches as the name suggests and as illustrated are of a design where there is no cover of the face of the watch. The time can be read without the need to remove any covers. This style is more modern and was not common until the twentieth century due to the porcelain used on earlier watches being easily damaged. Now with more stronger materials used for the face open face pocket watches have become a lot more popular.

Full hunter

The full hunter style was a more popular choice during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries as the full hunter featured a cover that opened and closed with the use of a small hinge attached to the side of the watch. Often popular as gifts the full hunter was often decorated with various designs on the outer casing and it was not uncommon for some to display initials or pictures on the inside of the cover. The main drawback of this design however was that each time the owner wished to view the time they would have to open the front cover which for a watch in everyday use became tiresome.

Half hunter

This is where the half-hunter style pocket watch came in, by combining both the accessibility of the open face with the protection of the full hunter the half hunter became a popular choice. Like the full hunter the half hunter still featured a cover however this time it included a hole that allowed the owner to still see the time even with the cover closed and without the need to open it.

In addition to the three main types there are also many different designs and styles available for pocket watches.
The different styles include:
Polished finish
Brushed finish
Plain face
Viewable mechanical parts

The above list is not exhaustive so you can be sure to find the style and design that you are looking for given the choice available, not to mention that they can be purchased as antique collectors items or as new.

An alternative to a pocket watches ideal for a female is a gold pendant. Where pocket watches may suit the older generation a pendant is a great gift idea for any young female.

Lincoln Pocket Watch

george-chatterton-goldThe Lincoln from Stauer is a gold pocket watch with a full hunter design. The watch takes its name as it is based on the pocket watch owned by Abraham Lincoln.

The original watch owned by Abraham Lincoln was featured heavily in the news last year following the discover of a secret message left by a watch repairer called Jonathan Dillon, the message read Jonathan Dillon April 13-1861, Fort Sumpter was attacked by the rebels on the above date J Dillon, April 13-1861, Washington, thank God we have a government, Jonth Dillon.

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The watch itself is made by The George Chatterton Company who have painstakingly recreated the design of the dial and position of the small second hand and they have even replicated the mysterious engraving on the back of the piece. Anyone interested in either American history or Abraham Lincoln will treasure this piece of workmanship. The movement employs vintage styled manual winding with 20 jewels and the case is 14k gold fused which aims to match the colour of the original exactly which can be found at Smithsonian’s Museum of American History. Now over 200 years since the iconic Americans birth the fastination of Lincoln still lives on.

The George Chatterton Watch Company has set a strict limited edition and Stauer is the only place that you can find this piece of history meaning that this will over time become a collectors item for sure.

The George Chatterton Watch Company Lincoln pocket watch is available only from Stauer and in limited numbers – click here to buy or for more information.