How to Draw a Pocket Watch

“I’m late! I’m late, for a very important date! No time to say ‘hello,’ goodbye! I’m late, I’m late, I’m late!”
-The White Rabbit, Disney’s Alice in Wonderland (1951)

​Did you know that watches have been around for more than 500 years? The first was designed by a lock maker around the year 1500. For the first time in history, people were able to tell the time of day by a means other than looking at the position of the sun. These early watches did not use batteries – they had to be wound daily, using a small metal knob to tighten a spring within the watch.

​​Wrist watches are popular today, but the first watches were either carried in hand or suspended on a chain. The chain could be worn like a necklace or pinned to the garment, with the watch tucked into a nearby pocket – thus, the title of pocket watch. Pocket watches were the most popular type of watch from the time of their invention until shortly after World War II.

​​In popular culture, pocket watches have come to symbolize times past; movies often depict Victorian gentlemen, politicians, early American railway conductors, and well to do men in the American West or gold rush Alaska as carrying pocket watches. The White Rabbit in Disney’s 1951 cartoon Alice in Wonderland carried such a watch – but he was still unable to make it on time.

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​Steam punk art and jewelry – which depicts a Victorian alternate reality in which mechanical steam power rather than electricity and digital devices became the dominant technology – often use pocket watches and their gears, or internal workings. A painting by surrealist artist Salvador Dali, entitled The Persistence of Memory, depicts a number of pocket watches melting upon a bleak background.

Would you like to draw a pocket watch? Doing so is simple with the help of this easy, step-by-step drawing tutorial. All you will need is a sheet of paper and a pencil, pen, or marker. You may also wish to use crayons, colored pencils, or something similar to shade your finished drawing.

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​Step by Step Instructions for Drawing ​a​ Pocket Watch

How to Draw Pocket Watch

1. Begin by drawing a circle. This outlines the basic shape of the pocket watch.

2. ​​​​​Draw a slightly smaller circle within the first circle. This outlines the face of the watch.

3. Use short lines to draw an hourglass shape on top of the circle. This part of the watch is called the crown.

4. ​​​​​​​​​​Draw a small circle around the crown. This will form the loop to which a chain is attached.

5. Draw a slightly larger circle around the previous circle, completing the loop.

6. Use a series of curved and straight short lines to draw an irregular shape beside the crown. This forms the knob used to set the time on the watch.

7. Draw the hands of the watch. Begin by drawing a dot in the center of the clock face, and a small circle around it. Then, draw thick lines extending outward. Remember, the position of these lines determines the time shown on the watch. Draw a long, narrow diamond at the end of each line, and shade it.

8. Draw a circle around the center of the clock face.

9. Draw numbers 1 through 12 around the outside of the clock face. In our example, we used Roman numerals – I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII, IX, X, XI, and XII.

10. Color your pocket watch. Traditionally, these watches were gold or silver in color.

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