A pocket watch is often a fashion statement. People wear them on chains or leather straps and as pendants hung on a necklace or brooch. The style for men is usually to wear the pocket watch hung on a chain fastened to a belt loop or to wear it in a vest pocket.
Classic-style watch chains with decorative fob drops are still popular with three-piece suits or just to wear with jeans. Chains and straps for ladies' watches often sport attractive charms or medallions.
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A simple and stylish way to wear a pocket watch is with a decorative chain. Watch chains come in several styles and many different metals. The most common style today is a chain with a fastener that attaches to your belt loop, with the watch carried in a trousers pocket.
Ornaments often decorate the chain to make your own individual style statement. Western-style watch chains are gaining in popularity. Heavy Spanish-style gold or silver chains clip onto a belt or trousers loop and hang down from your jeans pocket.
The traditional style for wearing a pocket watch is to wear the watch on a vest chain. Vest chains are available in the Single Albert or Double Albert style. This fashion became popular in the 1900s in honour of Prince Albert of England.
Single Albert watch chains fasten to the middle buttonhole of the vest and usually have a fob drop of some sort hanging down from the chain end. At the other end of the chain, the watch rests in the left vest pocket.
The Double Albert chain is longer and fastens to the vest in the middle of the chain. One end of the chain holds a watch while the opposite end of chain carries a pen knife. The heavy gold chain makes an impressive appearance looping from centre vest to pockets on both sides.
Pocket watches are popular with ladies as well. Professional women, teachers and nurses wear pocket watches. A popular style is to wear the watch pendant from a gold chain worn around the neck. Other women favour wearing small pocket watches in their trousers pocket with a decorative leather strap with an attractive medallion or charm attached.
During the early twentieth century, ladies' watches were fashioned into brooches that pinned to a blouse front. This fashion spurred the development of smaller, lighter-weight pocket watches to protect delicate fabrics from tearing.
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