I read a short story in English circa 1980-85 (although it may have been published much earlier) about a boy who carries an expensive pocket watch (perhaps inherited) but keeps getting in schoolyard fights, breaking the glass watch cover. After the first time his mother is so disappointed or upset that all the times after that he opts to go to the watchmaker by himself and pay his own money to replace the glass so she doesn't have to know.

The story seems to be set when pocket watches are still common enough that a watchmaker would have the materials on hand to fix it without it having to be left, but if I recall correctly it's still considered unusual for this boy to have the watch, either due to his age or due to pocket watches being on their way out... and maybe he keeps getting in fights because of the watch. I'm pretty sure I read the story in an anthology and not in a magazine.

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    Did the watch have any special properties or confer any special powers ? you mention an anthology ( presumably of short stories ) what other stories were there in the anthology? can you be more precise about the setting : place and time of the story ?
    – schweppz
    Oct 11 at 8:04
  • No, the story had no elements like that, not that I don't avidly consume sff, but in this case I believe it was more like a "high brow" literature anthology. Unfortunately I don't remember the other stories or any more about the setting of this story.
    – Lee C.
    Oct 11 at 16:18


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