While I had Ilford HP5 Plus loaded into my Nikon N90s, my wife bought me a gift of two vintage pocket watches. I’ve always loved watches and for decades have had to strongly resist collecting them. My wife tossed all that good resistance out the window. Not that I’m complaining.

I mounted my 55mm f/2.8 Micro-Nikkor to the N90s and went in close. I shot handheld at box speed, ISO 400.

Pocket watch
Pocket watch
Pocket watch

Analogue Wonderland provided me the roll of HP5 Plus in exchange for mentioning that they did. Get yours from them here.

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Pocket watches on Ilford HP5 Plus

Some vintage pocket watches through a macro lens.


11 thoughts on “Pocket watches on Ilford HP5 Plus

  1. I recall when pocket watches made a minor comeback in the mid-late 70s to go with the vests that were back in style in mens’ suits. I had one, complete with the little gold chain. I still think they’re cool. But I have not worn it in 35+ years. Now wrist watches are becoming old fashioned.

    • I know all about slippery slopes; I’ve slid down several in my lifetime! I used to say I was a collector of collections, so many things did I collect. I got it down to just cameras when Margaret bought me these watches!!

  2. tbm3fan says:

    Don’t open the top drawer of my tall dresser. I prefer wristwatches myself and wear one everyday since I don’t carry a cellphone. Even if I did carry a cellphone I just think older wristwatches are cool looking.

    • Wristwatches are certainly a more practical thing to collect, as they’re more easily worn. I wouldn’t mind having 4-5 good old very nice wristwatches, the kind you have to wind. I’d wear them when I was dressing up*, which is seldom enough that if I got ones with batteries in them, sure as shooting the battery in the one I wanted to wear would be dead. With a wind-up watch, you set it, wind it, and go.

      *I like watches, but I don’t miss wearing one every day.

      • tbm3fan says:

        I actually forget to wear mine today and it screwed me all up. I thought I was talking to an insurance company at 4:20 and every time they tried to transfer me to an extension I got nothing. Went back to work on my computer and saw that it was now 6:00pm. What a minute!

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