How to wear a pocket watch with fob

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How to wear a pocket watch with fob
Attach your pocket watch to a fob for traditional wear. (pocket watch image by timur1970 from

The traditional manner of wearing a pocket watch developed largely at the peak of the watch's popularity during the Victorian age, the middle to late 19th century. At the time, the pocket watch was a measure of wealth and considered a superior method of keeping time. A common addition to the watch and chain during the period was the fob, a small decoration or document seal placed at the end of the chain for display. There are two primary methods of wearing a pocket watch with a fob attached, depending primarily on where on the chain the wearer places the fob.

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Things you need

  • Pocket watch
  • Chain
  • Fob

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  1. 1

    Clip the pocket watch to the end of your watch chain. Open the clip at the end of the chain and slip it around the small ring attached to your watch.

  2. 2

    Attach the fob to the pocket watch chain, either at the end of the chain not attached to the watch, or about one-third the distance from either chain end. Open the clip on the fob and attach it to the chain using the ring at the end of the chain or by placing the clip around the chain body in the centre.

  3. 3

    Place the pocket watch inside a trouser, vest or blouse pocket. Arrange the fob so the chain lies flat against your clothes, dangling from the pocket with the fob's decorative face displayed.

  4. 4

    Wear the chain displayed fully across the front of a men's vest with the fob displayed slightly off-centre on the left or right side. Place the pocket watch in a vest pocket and extend the chain though the buttonhole at the level of the top of the pocket. Place the end of the chain inside the opposing pocket with the two sections of chains on either side of the buttonhole sagging slightly. Attach the fob to the low point of one of the sags. Hold the chain in place in the opposing pocket by placing the clip on that end around the pocket buttonhole.

Tips and warnings

  • Place your pocket watch in a pocket so you can access it with your non-dominate hand, enabling you to write and check the time simultaneously.

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