Watchmaking-feature31-300x177Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites to present The Art of Watchmaking with David Sokosh

Learn the anatomy of vintage pocket watch movements from Brooklyn’s finest watch designer, David Sokosh, at the Kemerer Museum of Decorative Arts on Saturday, September 12, from 6-8 p.m. Immerse yourself in the theory of time as David demonstrates the ins and outs of watchmaking.

Guests can watch as David demonstrates his process of taking vintage Swiss pocket watch movements and repurposing them in new wrist watches called, Brooklyn Watches. Guests can also interact with David, as they will be encouraged to participate in a short Q & A session following the demonstration.

Brooklyn Watches are built in Brooklyn, New York, by David Sokosh and are available exclusively through or in person at the Brooklyn Flea. They are part of a small group of mechanical watches built in America. All Brooklyn Watches are powered by Swiss, 17 jewel, manual wind pocket watch movements produced in the 1970s, which never need batteries. To keep the watches running, guests can wind them each day. Since the watches contain vintage pocket watch movements, these watches are larger than average wristwatches. Cases range from 41 to 48 mm across. Brooklyn Watches combine vintage movements with contemporary cases, dials, hands, and straps.

The event will take place in the setting of the Steampunk exhibition in the Kemerer Museum of Decorative Arts, located at 427 N. New Street, Bethlehem. Light refreshments will be served.

While at the event, guests can wander through the Steampunk exhibition and see David Sokosh’s memorable Steampunk-inspired watch displays and tin types in the Schweitzer gallery.

Tickets for this event are $10 for non-members and free for members of Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites. Guests can pre-purchase tickets online at or call 1-800-360-TOUR.

All proceeds from this event help Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites to maintain 20 historic landmarks in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

Historic Bethlehem is a not-for-profit institution that brings to life three centuries of American history. Historic Bethlehem tells the story of a small town of great influence, home to some of our nation’s earliest settlers, to America’s first municipal water pumping system, and to one of the world’s greatest industrial companies. Historic Bethlehem is located in Eastern Pennsylvania, only a 1.5 hour drive from Philadelphia to the north and 2 hours west of New York City. Historic Bethlehem is an Affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution and is distinguished as a National Historic Landmark District for Historic Moravian Bethlehem.