Have you always wondered what the tiny pocket on your jeans was for? You’re not alone. Coins? Money? A single key? It won’t fit much will it? Most times it doesn’t get any use at all.

Levi Strauss has explained the original reason for your small pocket and it might suprise you. The pocket was originally designed as a watch pocket – for a pocket watch! It was designed for the cowboys of the 1800s to safely store their pocket watch in! The tiny pocket has outlived the pocket watch and remained part of the classic popular jean design.

The pocket has since become smaller and been called a coin pocket but doesn’t really fit many coins in! I guess the pocket is more part of the design rather than a useful pocket these days.

I’ve used the pocket to hold bobby pins, lip balm or a couple of coins but not much else will fit in there.

What do you use your ‘watch’ pocket for? Please leave your comment below.

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  • How interesting! I hardly wear jeans but when I do I have no idea what to do with that pocket haha


  • Fascinating! The things you learn.


  • Well you learn new things every day!


  • I didn’t know this – interesting, thanks.


  • I used to use mine for lip gloss when I was younger. These days I live in leggings lol


  • Best be getting my self a pocket watch then…lol.


  • How cool! I like to fold up a ten dollar note and shove it in there in case I need it but don’t have my wallet!
    I really hate the jeans with fake pockets!


  • I always thought it was for coins, that’s what my partner puts in his anyway


  • I know a lot of men who use it for loose change. I don’t think Aust. men would have put their pocket watches in those small pockets. I would think that probably started as an American or British custom. That’s an usual place to carry sunglasses too.


  • For a pocket watch? Really? I thought it was for coins! :-)


  • Well i never knew! Thanks!


  • How intresting, makes sense though for a small pocket watch!! I’ve never really used it.


  • Like it


  • wow you learn something new everyday hey


  • Thank you, I never knew that. I don’t use that pocket at all


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