Everyone has a pair of denim jeans, and I am sure you do. Are you wearing one? Take a look at one of the front pockets, and stick your finger into that itty-bitty pocket sewn into the larger one. Why is it there? Ever wondered? Quench the thirst of your curiosity below.
That tiny pocket is called a watch pocket, originally for men who wore pocket watches and needed a protective place to store them. Though, as Levi points out, the pocket has also served many other purposes over time, from watch storage to coin hoarding.
The burning question arose this week after curious minds re-discovered a Quora thread in which users had discussed this mysterious fifth pocket for years.
The Levi Strauss blog confirms their conclusion:
The first blue jeans had four pockets—only one in back, two in the front, plus the small watch pocket. This extra pouch has served many functions – coin pocket, match pocket and ticket pocket, to name a few.
The pocket appears on the oldest pair of jeans in the Levi’s archives, which date to about 1879.
That’s an additional fact you now know.