69 of 71 people found the following review helpful
on September 16, 2011
I've just received this watch in the mail so I can't comment on how well it actually keeps time, though I can tell you how very pleased I am overall. The quality of detailing is beautiful, it seems to have this perfect weight about it, it even sounds good. I was curious to see if the face of the watch was open or covered since the case itself is see through, and I was so glad to see that it was. I was scared that if it were open the hands may be vulnerable, being so small, but they're safely tucked away behind a protective glass cover. I recall reading a review stating that they thought the chain seemed to be of cheaper quality than they expected. This probably caused me to think that the chain would be a flimsy piece of garbage, but it also may have led to me being pleasantly surprised as the chain seems wonderful to me. There was one final detail that immediately sealed the 5 star deal in my review, and that would be the seller included a spare battery inside the box. I have uploaded 3 pictures myself to hopefully help others in deciding whether or not to buy this watch.
25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
on October 26, 2011
My wife and I each got a pocketwatch for our Steampunk costumes for this Halloween. I admit that bases on the price, we were expecting this pocketwatch to be a flimsy costume piece. Much to our surprise, this watch is VERY nice! The amber front is nice and thick and pops open easily to reveal and antique looking face. The pocketwatch case is nicely engraved, and looks very antique. The piece is heavy, but the attached chain is nice and heavy, so I'm not worried about it breaking the chain.
Rather than a cheap costume piece, this watch is a heavy, nice piece, one that can be passed on and treasured. The extra battery was a nice bonus!
Highly recommended for Victorian and/or Steampunk costumes or just for a nice pocketwatch.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on September 7, 2011
Though this watch is made out of "cheap" materials, it is very appealing. It has the feel of a worn antique pocket watch. It looks and works great. The price is almost nothing. My only complaint is that the chain is very cheap and I worry about it pulling apart.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on January 5, 2012
No, it's not likely as durable as the $200+ models but it's keeping time just fine so far, it's nice and heavy (for a cheepie) and it's quite smart looking! I like the clear cover as it will save some wear on the hinges. If it doesn't last long, I'm not out a bunch and I can replace it. It saves my husband from using "The Good Watch" when he's out working.
Update: the review was written at Christmas and now it's March 20th and it's dead. New batteries don't even help and it hasn't even been out of the house yet. The insert from the manufacturing company has a nice guarantee standing behind it but the website no longer exists. Still, I'm not out much and my toddler get's a new toy so it still has some usefulness.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on November 6, 2011
I bought this as a gift for a dear friend of mine who has always wanted a pocket watch and is notoriously late to everything. I think the watch itself is a great size, it has a nice weight to it. I think people forget how much they paid when they complain about the chain, this is a very inexpensive watch and the watch itself is lovely. its to be expected that some corners be cut to make something inexpensively and they did this with the chain. i love that it came with an extra battery, and ive had it over a month and its still on the right time. I cant vouch for how well it holds up to wear and tear because its tucked safely away in a box for now.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on September 16, 2012
The watch is gorgeous! The amber face cover makes it something out of the ordinary---so many people have commented on it once they saw it! It's in daily use and hasn't received any special treatment---in fact, it's rattling around in a pocket with at least a couple of other items every day---and so far it's keeping perfect time. :o) As for it's weight, it's heavier than I expected for such a low price and the stem/hinges feel very sturdy and secure. The extra battery was a nice addition. I was afraid it would be damaged on arrival when I saw the packaging (just a padded envelope!) but it arrived safe and sound with not a scratch, which had to have been more luck than anything from the look of most of my packages when they arrive!
I'll update this review after it's been in use for awhile, but as of now I can recommend it as being well worth it's price.
UPDATE: 04/24/2014 - It's still chugging along, and still looks as good as when it was brand new.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on January 21, 2012
I am quite pleased with this pocket watch! No surprises--the pictures and information are true to the real item. It has an authentic feel to it.
My only concern is the way it's changed time on occasion, usually when I'm messing with the button to open it. What I've learned is that you have to only move the BUTTON up and down, not the ring below it, unless of course you're changing the time.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
For $9.00, you can buy a Meal For One at a local diner.
Or, you can buy two Tall Lattes and toss the loose change into the Tip Jar.
Both options net you immediate gratification that is forgotten within the hour.
Or, you can buy THIS watch for $9.00 and carry along with you, daily, a venerated and timely way to tell time.
Nowadays, it seems that the world falls into one of two categories: Tech Head or Luddite. I believe that you can embrace the BEST OF BOTH WORLDS, and this stunning pocket watch brings the BEST of the Past into the Present.
I initially found out about this watch from Park Avenue Princess' review. Wonderfully written, I then looked at the obscenely under-priced cost and immediately ordered one...for myself. And I'm a GIRL! :D
My history with pocket watches goes back to the earliest memories I have. My Grandfather worked for the railroad as a crew member and spent his time watching for load shifts from the caboose. Standard issue for the men was a pocket watch and my Grandfather kept that watch maintained and polished until the day he left this Earth. After 10 years on the rails, he went back to his parent's dairy farm and took over, married my Grandmother and began their family. One of The GREATEST JOYS of my childhood, was when Grandpa would allow me to wind his pocket watch. I still have it, in a glass case next to my bed, and wear it on his birthday each year.
But, a watch with THAT many memories is NOT what I want to use every day! See, I'm a landscape architect and we.get.dirty! We get downright filthy and if you want to ruin a wrist watch in a week's time, give one to a landscaper! Between the water our hands/arms are always in, and the filth that we encounter every day, a typical wrist watch lens becomes unreadable within a month, if the water and dirt it encounters on our wrists doesn't kill it first. So, I've used pocket watches, instead, all of my adult life. They attach to my jeans, securely, and I actually USE that wee little pocket that has people scratching their head over its use, on their jeans...it was designed to carry a pocket watch and protect it from everything that a normal pocket carries.
When THIS watch arrived, it came in a small mailing envelope. But, inside, swaddled in bubble wrap, was the most charming of Shrimp Pink boxes, with a wee matching bow. WOW!!! GREAT way to make a statement! After opening the box, this watch was firmly attached to foam padding, with the watch on top and the chain safely beneath the foam.
At first glance, I fell more in love with this watch then I even thought possible. Yes, the photo is great, but actually holding it and feeling the hefty weight of the watch and the killer chain just brought it's beauty 'home'. My watch arrived ticking and set to my time zone; I don't know if this was intentional or accidental. The sepia-coloured dial is what made me order this; it just made the watch appear that it came from another time. I own roughly 10 other pocket watches: some very modern; some with metal lids so you can't see the time; and some really, really girly ones for dress up. THIS watch is utterly unique. You can very clearly see the hands on the watch unless you're dealing with a very dark room; in that case, just pop the lid of the glass case and you have a typical Black/White contrast between the dial and the hands. And, unlike many glass lenses which are just flat or curved in the frame, THIS lens has a multi-beveled edge which *sparkles* when light hits it! In some of the reviews, they mention that their chain didn't match the one in the photo. Mine does, exactly. It is chunky and thick and wonderfully heavy with a very, very sturdy clip to attach to your pants.
The case and chain colour is best described as antique brass; it pairs with the amber front flawlessly. I really like that ALL the numbers are represented, unlike some of the pocket watches I own that only have the "12/3/6/9" numbers. It's easy to set by pulling up the stem at the top. It runs on batteries; mine did not come with an extra one. The surround around the sepia front and the back of the watch is an intrigue "engraved" botanical pattern: it looks like poppies and acanthus leaves.
Why do I love pocket watches so much? Half of it is due to my beloved Grandfather's influence. Each time I pull my watch out of my jean pocket, I see HIS hand's holding it. But, I also love that it's evocative of a time when THIS technology was the height of "tech". I also like that it's JUST a watch...not a phone, not a camera, not a flashlight...it just does what it's supposed to do, tell analog time. Plus, I like the kick I get when I pull it out in front of friends and clients. There's always a look of delight and surprise when they see a pocket watch; inevitably, they MUST hold it and some that hold it also have memorable stories to share of an uncle or grandfather who owned one.
How much more joy can come from $9.00? Good Memories from The Past, making Good Memories of My Future.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on May 31, 2012
$16? You can't be serious!! I have recently gotten into collecting pocket watches and I couldn't believe this price. Most of them go for $40, or $100 (or more) if you get into the high end ones. I just had to see what this was. Well, it's a lovely antique looking timepiece, beveled and smoked glass lid, quartz works (so you don't actually have to wind it), perfect for any Steampunk / Victorian costume or even for daily timekeeping use. It's beautiful, inexpensive, and keeps good time. You absolutely cannot beat the value of this watch!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
The ESS Men's Stainless Steel Case White Dial Amber Front Antique Pocket Watch is absolutely gorgeous! For the money, I don't think you'd find a pocket watch of better quality. The amber colored glass front opens with a push of the button located at the top of the pocket watch to reveal the face of the watch. The face is a bright white color with large numbers making it easy to tell time. The glass front can be closed by gently snapping it back in place.
The back has an intricate raised ivy vine design which gives this delicate timepiece character. The pocket watch I received did not have the same chain as shown in the picture. It came with a thin necklace type chain that is the same color of the case. So, it has a ring to put the chain through which is attached at the top, rather than the clip shown in the photos. However, I think it only adds to the beauty of the watch and doesn't take away from quality or design.
If you're in search of a gift for someone special or simply something special for yourself, this pocket watch is perfect and would even make a treasured item to pass down through generations. The person I bought this item for absolutely loved it and I couldn't be happier with this purchase. Highly recommended!