"flipped out a large silver hunter"
Pocket watch, Hunter case
GNU Free Documentation LicensePocket watch, Hunter case - Credit: Isabelle Grosjean

Pocket watches come in two main styles – the hunter-case, and the open-face.

A hunter-case pocket watch has a spring-hinged circular metal lid or cover, that closes over the watch-dial and crystal, protecting them from dust, scratches and other damage.

An in-between style, the half-hunter, has an outer lid with a glass panel in the centre, giving a view of the hands. The hours are marked, often in blue enamel, on the outer lid – allowing one to tell the time without opening the lid.