Here's What That Small Pocket On Your Jeans Is Really For

| by Zara Zhi
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Have you ever wondered what that tiny pocket on the front side of your jeans is for?

Well, the lingering mystery has finally been solved -- and the answer is a surprisingly sophisticated one.

Those little pockets are actually for watches, Perth Now reports.

"Back in the 1800s, cowboys used to wear their watches on chains and kept them in their waistcoats," Quora user Nitin Achdev wrote in response to a question on the website, according to Perth Now. "To keep them from getting broken, Levi’s introduced this small pocket where they could keep their watch."

The claim reportedly checks out.

And though most people don't wear watches -- and even fewer carry pocket watches -- today, the original design has endured throughout the years.

According to Levi Strauss’ blog, the small pocket is cherished by “denimheads” and remains to serve other purposes: “The first blue jeans had four pockets—only one in back and, in the front, two plus the small, watch pocket. Originally included as protection for pocket watches, thus the name, this extra pouch has served many functions, evident in its many titles: frontier pocket, condom pocket, coin pocket, match pocket and ticket pocket, to name a few.”

The history of jeans is filled with other fascinating facts.

The orange color of the thread allegedly came from Jacob Davis' insisting that it match the jean’s copper rivets.

Another interesting detail is that the crotch seem is the most intricate part of any pair of jeans. “Crotch depth” is determined by having a model sit in a chair and then calculating the distance from their waistline to the seat.

Sources: Perth Now, Levi Strauss / Photo credit: liz west/Flickr

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