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A study in Mycroft’s pocket watch.
Seen only briefly in The Great Game and A Study in Pink is Mycroft’s pocket watch. From what can be seen of it a few observations can be made.
Materials: Mycroft has opted for a more classic silver pocket watch rather than the more lavish gold, most likely sterling silver.
Style: Hunter. This style features a spring hinged cover that closes fully over the face to protect it. Mycroft reads his watch with the cover open at the 9 o’clock position which most likely means it is a vintage piece as opposed to a more modern pocket watch. Vintage hunter-case watches were hinged at the 9 o’clock position and read sideways. Modern lower quality hunter cases open at the 6 o’clock position.
Fastening: In The Great Game (see image) Mycroft wears his pocket watch with a simple silver Double-Albert style chain, one of the most authentic British styles since the 1800’s. The chain is held in place with a T-bar (which fits through the waistcoat button-hole) and has two complete chains. One chain is attached to the watch and the other can hold things such as a cigar cutter or knife and is put into the opposite pocket. Double-Albert chains were a distinct sign of status in the Victorian age. In A Study in Pink, Mycroft wears a single albert chain with a large silver fob drop (and it’s very hard to see!). The fob is quite a lot larger than usual so is most likely decorative - on closer inspection (meaning, moving closer to my computer screen!) it appears it could be in the shape of a heart, but this could be wishful thinking on my part.
Brand: We think canon Mycroft would have gone for a Waltham pocket watch, an American company that started producing pocket watches in 1850. Early Waltham watches fetch up to £6,000 today but aren’t often used for time keeping as they’re more museum pieces. BBC Mycroft may still own an antique as he probably takes very good care of his pocket watches but most likely owns something like a Bond Hilton. (Or perhaps Mark Gatiss’ own!)
NEXT STUDY: pocket squares.