21 answers by real people - why is a watch called a kettle in english slang?
The use of “kettle” to mean “watch” first appeared in the argot of thieves in the 19th century, and apparently first referred to the large pocket watches popular at that time. The shape and heavy metal construction of old pocket watches makes likening them to kettles only a slight stretch, and a thief specializing in watches was known in the early 20th century as a “kettle banger.”
Slang For Wrist Watch
so if a stranger asks me the time and i tell them sorry i dont know me kettle stopped you promise i wont get taken away wearing one of those nice white jackets with the extra long sleeves
from kettle and hob = fob = watch
kettle & hob = fob (watch)
because a car is called a a book.