We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
As my lad and I reviewed the jewelry and silver components of my parents' estate tonight, I happened to notice that he was not wearing a watch. He said that a watch in the summer just gets sweaty and, besides, who needs one? You just pull out your iPhone, and there's the time.
Just like an old-fashioned pocket watch, I observed. Then I pointed out one of my Grandpa's gold pocket watches on the jewelry list.
Then I had a thought. Why don't these modern phones have some clip-on chain-type things like the watch chains of the old days? It could be a new/old fashion, and useful too.
To answer your question, the pocket-watch could be "read" from belt or bellybutton distance, the iPhone or Smart-whatever needs to be brought up to the ear or in front of the face. The pocket-watch chain could be 8 to 12 inches, at rest, the chain loops down to the top of the thigh. The device that needs to go from the belt to the face/head area needs to two feet minimum and at rest in its belt case recreates the look of the 1940's Zootsuiter. Catches on doors, drawers and passing semi's very well.
But you can still buy pager chains if you want one for the pocket-watch.
The boys are trying to kidnap a baby from the kidnappers for the ree-ward money. In the fracas, they leave the baby, whom they'd instantly fallen in love with, on the top of the car (unbeknownst to them, the baby had slid off unharmed).