Pocket watch stands
What is a pocket watch stand?
Pocket watch stand is a stand for a pocket watch. When the pocket watch is not worn, it can rest on a pocket watch stand, where it is both safely stored and displayed for others to see. It is a place to showcase the timepiece. While wristwatches are usually stored in a box, many pocket watch owners prefer to store their watches on pocket watch stands instead, uncovering the watches’ other function as an exquisite piece of decoration.
What are pocket watch stands used for?
The most obvious function of the pocket watch stand is to serve as a tool to store a pocket watch. It enables the watch to be transformed into a unique table clock and thus uncovers the hidden functionality of the traditional timepiece.
Stands have always been a designer piece and have evolved even further in the recent years with makers such as Itero Pocket Watches offering modern pocket watch stands. People with acquired taste for design opt for the modern lines of the newer stands to decorate their homes. Pocket watch stands are often found in offices, living rooms, libraries and bedrooms and can be a head-turner in every setting.
When did pocket watch stands become popular?
Ever since the rise in popularity of pocket watches in the 17th and 18th century, owners were looking to showcase their valued possessions. At the time, pocket watches were still luxury items and those, who could afford them were proud to show them to their friends and family. At night, pocket watches would hang on special stands, converting them into a clock.
Therefore, pocket watch stands of all shapes and forms emerged. Usually made out of wood, brass or cast iron, the stands were hand-made and often included motives from nature and religious figures.
With the rise of the wristwatch in the 1920s, the popularity of pocket watches and thus the popularity of pocket watch stands declined sharply, however, modern variants are becoming more popular, since they enable their owners to differentiate their design choices from others. More on the history of pocket watches can be found in our dedicated blog post.
What material are pocket watch display stands made out of?
There are a variety of pocket watch stand variants out there and the variety is not solely limited solely to the shape and form of the stand, but also to its material. The most common materials used today are brass, wood (walnut and oak being the most prevalent), aluminum, stainless steel and marble. Often, there are elements of glass included in the pocket watch display designs, which usually serve as a protection from external conditions (e.g. dust).
In past years, there has been a shift back to more sustainable natural materials, which don’t require extensive processing to produce the final product. This is also reflected in the choice of the materials in the production of pocket watch stands, as more and more wooden variants are emerging as a replacement for their metal counterparts. Walnut wood with its luxurious feel remains the most popular, closely followed by the more contemporary oak wood with its Scandinavian vibe.
How to choose the right pocket watch stand?
When buying a pocket watch stand for the first time, there are several things to keep in mind.
First, what is the material that you are looking for? There is a large choice, including wood and metal, which often makes is difficult to decide. While some people prefer the cool feel of aluminum, others are more inclined towards the warmer tones of wood, which complement the metal pocket watch it is meant to hold.
Second, are you looking for a brand-new stand or an antique? The two markets are largely different and cater for different target audiences. The status of a stand as an antique often commands a higher price compared to brand new ones, even if they are hand-made. The condition of the stand should also be kept in mind, as the antiques are usually damaged from extensive use. At the end of the day, though, it comes down to personal preference.
Third, what kind of a design are you looking for? Contemporary pocket watch stands, which are lately mostly made out of wood, offer modern sharp lines and a look to fit in a modern home. On the other hand, there are other types of stands, which include complicated shapes, engravings and other details that make them unique.
Last, but not least, what kind of a pocket watch is it for? While some pocket watch stands are universal, there also exist custom-made ones, which are tailor-made for a particular watch. One of them is the wooden pocket watch stand by Itero Pocket Watches, which was crafted for our modern pocket watch.
Why should you buy a pocket watch display stand?
If you are striving to make an impression and stand out, chances are you have thought of buying a pocket watch before. Such a historic timepiece is a definite conversation starter and a fashion statement of its own kind.
To take your statement to another level, owning a pocket watch display stand is a great choice. With it, you can showcase your pocket watch in your home or even in your office, demonstrating your strong design taste.
Even if you are not the one to own or desire to own a pocket watch, a combination of a pocket watch and a complementary stand makes for a great gift idea. It is a timeless and personal gift, which will make the new owner remember you for decades to come. Furthermore, enhancing it with a personalized pocket watch can make all the difference.
Where to buy pocket watch stands?
There is an abundant choice of vendors, which are selling pocket watch stands. Those include the traditional watch stores and antique shops, online stores such as eBay or Amazon and other dedicated merchants.
Another place to buy a stand is directly from the producer of the pocket watch you are buying your stand for. This way, you ensure a perfect fit and prevent your watch from taking any potential damage from the sub-optimal watch stands.