How to attach a pocket watch chain

Written by james clark
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A pocket watch is an accessory for a man. The watch bows clips to a chain which attaches on the other end to a belt loop or vest button. The timepiece can be stored in a trouser pocket or the pocket of a vest, which is the traditional way to wear a pocketwatch. Watch chains come in a variety of lengths, styles and materials, from gold to stainless steel. Virtually all chains attach to the watch in the same manner.

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Things you need

  • Pocket watch
  • Watch chain

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  1. 1

    Grasp the watch bow, which is the metal or gold loop over the crown (the winder).

  2. 2

    Hold the end of the chain with the spring clip and push inward on the clip to open

  3. 3

    Slip the clip hook over the bow and release the clip to secure the chain to the watch.

  4. 4

    Attach the other end of the chain (the fob) to a belt loop if the chain is equipped with a larger clip, or through the button hole of a vest if the fob is a short metal or gold rod. The fob inserts through the buttonhole and turns to prevent the chain from falling out.

Tips and warnings

  • Cheap chains can break. Invest in a chain that reflects the value of the watch in your pocket.

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