Although pocket watches are essentially a single design, there are a few different aesthetic elements that greatly affect the way the pocket watch is used and displayed. These elements can determine the value and age of the watch, as well as being ultimately more or less attractive to each owner.
Collectors tend to stick with one particular design over all others, or one well-known brand that specialised in a certain design. Pocket watches are often classified by the type of face display they are endowed with - there are five main types: open-face, full hunter, half hunter, double hunter and the double half hunter.
There are three different types of pocket watch chain. Each has a different use to be worn with different clothing.
Albert T-Bars can be worn with a waistcoat where the T-Bar slots in the button hole. A variation is the double Albert T-Bar for two pocket watches or a pocket watch and another item kept in the other pocket.
Belt slide chains feature a top loop that slides over the belt or top of the trousers. The pocket watch on the end of the chain is kept in the trouser pocket.
Bolt Ring chains feature a bolt ring that can be attached to a trouser belt loop or a waistcoat. The pocket watch rests in the pocket of the waistcoat or trousers.