Sep 25, 2015

What's the Deal with the 5th Pocket on Your Denim Jeans?

created at: 09/25/2015

Ever wonder why your jeans have that little fifth pocket on the right side? 

Turns out, the fifth pocket was introduced around the turn of the 20th century, and its original purpose was: to hold a pocket watch. Truth. Even today, most jeans that are manufactured to traditional measurements will still be able to house a size 16 pocket watch, and the belt loops are still spaced to be able to accommodate the watch’s ring-clip chain. 
Cool, huh? Got a pocket watch? Give it a shot.


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B.Fitz on May 18, 2017:

I use it for my motorcycle key when I park it. also, will fold up some bigger bills when i go to casino or gentlemen's club ;)

Dave K. on Jan 11, 2017:

I've used a Zippo lighter for decades so that's what I've always used that pocket for, to the point that it's pretty much a ritual to remove it from that pocket to use it.

However, I bought a pocket watch recently(Because I have a thing for different watches) and that's what it will be used to carry when I have that on me.

Robbie on Dec 29, 2016:

Useless! It was useless when I was a kid and many years later remains useless Yeah buy a pocket watch in order to put the pocket to use.

José Jaime on Feb 02, 2016:

I carry my Zippo here!

Becky <>< on Sep 29, 2015:

This post shows my age, as I answered the question before I even clicked on the link. 

tilden on Sep 27, 2015:

I use it for guitar picks

Steve on Sep 26, 2015:

I keep my EDC knife in that pocket.  Fits perfect.

Anonymous on Sep 25, 2015:

interestingly enough, this pocket on my jeans is big enough to hold my iphone.. try it..