I'm thinking about buying a pocket watch...
I've always loved mechanical things, parts working smoothly together, things that go tick, clockwork, blah blah blah. Plus, I've been told that I come across as saying we should take everything back to 1800's. ("We should use gold nuggets as currency, or even go back to the bartering system!" "Zeppelins kick ass!" "Get rid of cars, let's all ride bikes!") :D
Anyhow, I wanna buy a pocket watch for about one hundred American dollars. I'd like it to tick, I'd like it to be wind-up, I want to be able to see the clockwork inside, and I don't want it to fall apart after a week. Does anyone have any tips for me? Like, "Make sure it says '17-jewel,' or else it's no good."
On that note, if a watch is listed as having "17 Jewel Skeletonized Mechanical Movement," does that mean that it's wind-up?
How much of a problem is it if you buy a watch with a plain, smooth case? (I'm worried about scratching).
If it isn't too much trouble, I'd appreciate it if you'd share what watch/es you've had in the past.