True, but pretentiousness or lack thereof hasn't.
I think the pretentiousness is based on how it is used. If it is an every day thing that one uses without flourish, ie open it look at the time and put it away, then it is NOT pretentious. If it is a gold filigreed piece that the person holds up for all to behold that he is looking at the time on a, gasp, pocket watch, then yes it is pretentious.
It is really how you use it. Wrist watches can also be conspicuously pretentious.
They can still be worn. They're functional and can be beautiful examples of craftsmanship. They're uncommon now, but not extinct. The key is to wear them because you like them and find them useful, and to not make a big show of it. As with any more unique style choice, you have a much better chance if you wear it naturally, without affectation, just because you like it and think it looks good. If you're trying to impress other people it's likely to come off poorly.
I'm almost 61, and way too old to be a hipster - I was doing the things hipsters are "discovering" today long before any of them were even an exchange of bodily fluids. I also wear a fedora (actually, a bunch of fedoras and other kinds of hats.) I like hats of all kinds. I like vests. I like pocket watches. I like bow ties. Wearing this stuff when I feel like wearing it makes me happy. It certainly hasn't had a negative impact on my career or any other aspect of my life, at least not that I've been able to discern.
I also shave with a straight razor and use fountain pens - both of which I buy for next to nothing at flea markets and restore. It's a hobby and gives me pleasure to bring discarded old things back to life and then use them for what they were meant to be used for. (Feel the same way about old woodworking tools.)
If anyone else thinks I'm pretentious for for dressing the way I like to dress, or for doing the things that make me happy, well, ... those are their issues, not mine. I'm happy, and pretty well satisfied with the way my life has turned out.
Dino that's an awesome reply. I'm definitely inspired to do the same!
I say yay. We should keep that which is classic, even bring it back if it dies. I'm looking to get myself a pocketwatch, but no ideas where to look. Any suggestions?
What are you looking for? You can get some basic battery-powered ones cheaply on Amazon and other online retailers. If you want something nicer, you're looking at spending significantly more money, either for a new watch or a used one.
I have two mechanical pocket watches, both made by Movado, which I found on eBay at great prices (under 100 dollars each). However, if you buy vintage watches, they may need repair, which can be expensive and take time, as you'll either need to send it back to the company or find a skilled watchmaker.
The one I use nowadays was a gift from my sons, both teenagers without much in the way of money, so I don't think it was very expensive at all. I think they got it on Amazon. It doesn't have a brand name, just says "Quartz" on the face. It's stainless steel, very plain, but classic-looking. Keeps absolutely perfect time, and has for a few years on its first battery.
Nathanael pretty much gave you every thing you need, I'll just add Etsy as another resource. Some pretty interesting designs and styles on that if you do a search. Some are relatively in-expensive knock around watches, 10-20 dollars all the way up to 100's or more.
Thanks everyone those are great suggestions! May try a cheaper battery operated one to start with and go up from there later.
I have a pocket watch I got upon college graduation. I used to wear it when at work as I was and am on a keyboard most of the day. These I wear it when I am in full regimental dress (suit and tie).