It’s been a very long time but we thought it would be a good idea to restart our blog that we’ve neglected for such a long time. One of the questions we get emailed about very frequently is how to open a pocket watch to view the movement. There are so many different types of watches that we decided to do a detailed guide with lots of images to help out
Pair cased verge watches similar to this one will usually open from the front.
First depress the thumbpiece and open the outer case.
Remove the watch from the outer case. Then using your nail open the front of the case. The glass and bezel will swing back to reveal the dial.
Using your thumbnail depress the lever situated at the 6 O’clock position and the movement will swing back on its hinge so you can view the escapement.
Hunting Cased Watches
Opening a hunting cased pocket watch is a little easier although it does require a watch knife or a penknife if the case is very tight and stiff. Turn the watch over so that you’re looking at the back of the case. Using your knife or fingernails gently prize open the case to reveal the movement or inner cuvette.
If there is a cuvette apply do the same again to reveal the movement.
When starting an antique collection, it can be easy to get carried away, buying the first item that you see. But if you do not choose your antiques carefully, you could end up with a collection which has gained little value over the years, and also one where the pieces have little cohesion together as a complete collection. We’ve written a list of golden rules of antique collecting to help get you started and on track with your new collection:
Here at Pieces of Time, we’ve put together a list of golden rules to bear in mind when it comes to antique collecting to help get you started and on track with your new collection:
We’re often asked by our customers how to set up a new barometer so that they can create their own weather forecasts, so we thought that we would help everyone out with a guide on all the necessary information, from what they are used for to adjusting for various altitudes.
If you’re new to the barometer world and need a little help then follow our guide and you’ll be on the right path before you know it.
A barometer is predominantly an instrument for measuring atmospheric pressure. There are two main, or common, types of ‘standard’ barometer; the aneroid, and the mercurial, which was invented first. There are of course our fine antique pocket barometers on offer too! It was a man by the name of Evangelista Torricelli who invented the first barometer, affectionately known as the “Torricelli’s tube”.
Those of you who are currently interested in buying watches and time-pieces will be delighted to know that records have been breaking all week long during the watch sales in Geneva. Both Christie’s and Sotheby’s sales exceeded all expectations. The climax last night of a world record price for any vintage time piece.The Graves watch which sold for in excess of 20m SF + Commission. The last time this watch was sold at auction was…
if you have ever bought a new or antique barometer and needed some information on how toset it up, adjust, or just ensure it works accurately, so that you can create you own weather forecasts then why not follow these simple steps?
The name of a pocket barometer is already self-explanatory, simply meaning a barometer that you can fit into your pocket. Originally Victorian men would wear them in their waistcoat pockets. The first pocket barometers were produced in the early 1860s.