Turns out my friends include many mustache-waxing pennyfarthing-riding hipsters who carry pocket watches and inform me that the tiny pocket on a pair of Levi’s is too big enough to hold a pocket watch.
Mitch Wagner originally shared:
Says here the tiny pocket in jeans was initially put there to hold a pocket watch.
I call shenanigans on this – pocket watches are too big for that particular pocket. I’ve always assumed they were there to hold coins – particularly practical until the 1970s or so when you could actually buy something useful for less than a dollar.