Jeans make up a good portion of everyone’s wardrobe. From popular styles from Levis and Wrangler to designer brands Diesel, For All Mankind and Lucky to higher-end luxury designs from Ralph Lauren Black Label, Gucci and Hugo Boss, five-pocket jeans are a fashion mainstay.

Levi Strauss introduced the first pair of jeans in the late 1870’s, featuring a silhouette in blue cotton denim and four pockets: two front pockets, one back pocket and a small pocket above the right hand front pocket. In 1905, Levi Strauss added a second back pocket and five pocket jeans have become the standard ever since.

The small front pocket was originally intended for pocket watches that could easily fit into that compact space and also attach to an adjacent belt loop from the hanging chain it was suspended on. Wristwatches were virtually non-existent in the late 1870’s and early 1900’s, so the small pocket was an essential feature. BUL-97A116

While the small front pocket is rarely used today for its original purpose, many of the watchmakers who produced pocket timepieces during the late 1800’s and early 1900’s are still around today. Prominent watchmakers Perrelet, Cartier, Ingersoll, Baume & Mercier, Graham and Bulova all produced luxurious pocket watches during this period.

Many of these heirloom timepieces offered luxurious cases crafted in gold or sterling silver along with featuring mechanical or automatic movements inside. American watchmaker Bulova is renowned for its automatic pocket watches introduced in the late 1800’s, especially the Newton 17-Jewel Automatic Pocket Watch in two-tone 18K gold with a rounded square case, Swiss-made automatic movement, a skeleton case back and fluted detail on the edges.

Although Bulova does not make many pocket watches today, some of the brand’s wristwatches pay homage to the classic elements of pocket models from yesteryear, including the Automatic Men’s Watch in rose gold-tone stainless steel available at popular online retailer Traditional men’s timepiece has a 42mm diameter case highly polished to a lustrous glow. The handsome black alligator-textured leather strap with a deployment clasp adds to the debonair good looks.

The intricate dial has a 24-hour sub-dial, an open-heart small-second window and a second open-heart window. The textured black background is accented by polished rose gold-tone sword hands and Roman numeral hour makers. The exhibition skeleton case back lets you see an alternate view of the intricate automatic view inside.

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