[late 18C–1940s] (UK Und.) a watch, thus thimble and slang, watch and chain.
[early–mid-19C] (UK Und.) a watchmaker’s or jeweller’s shop.
[late 19C] (UK und.) one who specializes in changing the cases of stolen watches.
[late 19C] (US und.) the illegal ‘gambling’ game of thimble-rig n. (1)
[mid-19C–1930s] (UK Und.) a thief who specializes in stealing watches from their wearers; thus thimble-twisting n.
[late 18C–mid-19C] (UK Und.) to steal a pocket watch.