Professional Jeweler Archive: Off the Wrist

January 2003

Timepieces/New Products

Off the Wrist

No need to size the bracelet for these handsome clockers

Whether they’re hanging on a wall, stashed in a pocket or serving as a functional and decorative element in a home, timepieces take a variety of shapes and sizes. Here are a few that can serve dual purposes.

– by Michael Thompson

Speidel’s new line of engravable pocket watches was introduced in the fall. Pictured are closed and open views of one of four styles. Each is sold in a gift box with a choice of optional chains ranging from 9-12 inches. The line can be displayed in the same unit that houses Speidel’s new watch line (Professional Jeweler, November 2002, p. 55).

Speidel, East Providence, RI; (800) 556-6357.

The Wynnewood, Bulova’s new anniversary clock, comes in a walnut case and features an hourly Westminster melody, Roman-numeral dial, filigree hands and visible revolving pendulum. Suggested retail, $150.

Bulova, Woodside, NY; (800) 228-5682,

The Rittenhouse Clock Co. is a new company creating handcrafted long-case clocks (82 inches tall) using eight-day movements the company makes with modern machine tools in traditional 18th century style. The clocks are modeled after designs by 18th century American clockmaker/ astronomer David Rittenhouse. Each is tested and engraved with a serial number. The case is mahogany with silvered brass and polished steel dial, hands and corner cartouches. Retail price, $6,395. A portion of sales goes to Rittenhouse Town, a National Historic Landmark.

Rittenhouse Clock Co., Gladwyne, PA; (610) 642-2699,

Seiko’s glass-cased table clock, with subdial for seconds, allows a view of the gears in the movement. Suggested retail, $250.

Seiko Corp. of America, Mahwah, NJ; (800) 782-2510,

Aero’s full line of pocket watches also includes a variety of decorated pendant watches. This model features red lacquer and 24k goldleaf flowers. The chain is optional. Suggested retail, $375.

Aero Pocket Watches, Exclusive Time International, Flemington, NJ; (908) 788-0029,

This is one of a line of Hanhart Premium mechanical stopwatches with 24k goldplate and chromeplate. Push buttons and crowns are 24k goldplate. All use scratch-resistant mineral glass. Each is delivered in a hardwood presentation case. Suggested retail, $450.

Hanhart USA, Franklin Lakes, NJ; (800) 272-0272, ext. 7606;

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