A common question on the different designs and styles on pocket watches is ‘what is the difference between a half hunter and full hunter?’
The answer is: A Half Hunter enables you to read the time with the cover closed and usually has a window in which you can view the time through whereas a full hunter has to have the cover open to read the time and usually has a sealed closed cover to help protect the watch face.
Some prefer the easy access of a half hunter and this is often a popular model for more regular use whilst others prefer the more protective design of a full hunter style.
Half hunter (window to show time when cover closed)
Full hunter (enclosed watch face / dial – see lid design)