Railroad pocket watch

Although pocket watches have been for regular produce since the 16th century, Railroad pocket watches, as well referred to as railroad chronometers, were originally created in America in the course of the 1890s designed for a single matter- to help control timekeeping clearly as well as precisely along the main railways. Those watches were made and produced in order to assist managers and operators of trains, carrying important goods vital to business as well as trade, avoid railroad wrecks and delays. To generate accurate timekeeping feasible, standards were set into place for railroad- grade pocket watches and given that those watches are noted for the extremely precise timing, they become highly sought after among watch collectors nowadays.

Fundamental standards for timekeeping were produced by the American Railway Association in 1887, though it wasn't until a serious accident in 1891 that those standards were broadly adopted plus codified still much more stringently. A big collision happened in the town of Kipton, Ohio for the reason that the watch this conductor was wearing had quit going for a whole 4 minutes. [..Read More..]

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Vintage Hamilton 992b 21j 16s Open Face Railroad Pocket Watch Runs Great
$142.00 (34 Bids)
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1921 Illinois Bunn Special Pocket Watch Railroad 21j 16s Montgomery Dial
$199.90 (1 Bid)
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Westclox railroad pocket watch train on back running
$20.50 (4 Bids)
Time Remaining: 3h
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HAMILTON 21JEWEL 992 RAILROAD POCKET WATCH 24 HOUR DIAL
$176.51 (3 Bids)
Time Remaining: 4h 2m
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Antique Illinois 60 hour 16s Bunn Special 21 jewel Rail Road pocket watch 1927
$303.00 (54 Bids)
Time Remaining: 9h 58m
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Antique Ball Waltham 16s 17 jewels Rail Road pocket watch Runs Made 1907
$157.50 (11 Bids)
Time Remaining: 9h 58m
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Antique Waltham Vanguard 18s 21 jewels Rail Road pocket watch
$68.85 (11 Bids)
Time Remaining: 10h 3m
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Antique Elgin 16s BW Raymond 21 jewel high grade Rail Road pocket watch 1928
$207.50 (17 Bids)
Time Remaining: 10h 8m
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Antique Canadian 16s 17 jewels Rail Road pocket watch
$43.00 (11 Bids)
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ANTIQUE WALTHAM RIVERSIDE 16S 14K GP OF 19J POCKET WATCHRUNSRAILROAD GRADE
$70.00 (20 Bids)
Time Remaining: 10h 12m
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HIGH GRADE 1927 16s ELGIN 21j B W RAYMOND GRADE 478 MODEL 15 RAILROAD NICE
$111.11 (4 Bids)
Time Remaining: 10h 40m
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Hamilton Railroad Pocket Watch 922B and NYCS Engineer Certificate
$199.99 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 10h 52m
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Estate Vintage 16s Keystone 10k Rolled Gold Railroad Pocket Watch Case very nice
$41.59 (22 Bids)
Time Remaining: 12h 58m
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Genuine 23J Illinois Ball Official Railroad Standard B801321 Mens Pocket Watch
$1,980.00 (10 Bids)
Time Remaining: 1d 5h 14m
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High Quality 19 Jewel 16s Brandt Omega CCR Railroad Watch NO RESERVE
$352.00 (25 Bids)
Time Remaining: 1d 6h 1m
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Waltham 16 size CRESCENT STREET 21 jewel RAILROAD POCKET WATCH
$82.00 (3 Bids)
Time Remaining: 1d 6h 1m
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Elgin 21 Jewel Gold Flashed BW Raymond Railroad Mechanical Pocket Watch
$155.50 (13 Bids)
Time Remaining: 1d 6h 42m
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Excellent 16s 21j Elgin BWR up dn 14K WGF Mint Dial Railroad Pocket Watch
$500.00 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 1d 8h 58m
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Antique Hamilton 992 16s Railroad pocket watch rare Wadsworth Cross Bar case
$105.50 (9 Bids)
Time Remaining: 1d 10h 46m
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bradley great american railroads pocket watch setmint condition
$39.95 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 1d 10h 50m
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EXCEPTIONAL 1938 GENTS 16 SIZE RAILROAD STYLE 17 JEWEL ELGIN MONTGOMERY DIAL
$80.75 (8 Bids)
Time Remaining: 1d 11h
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NICE 127 YEAR OLD MENS 18 SIZE ELGIN BW RAYMOND EARLY RAILROAD GRADE PW 1888
$55.00 (15 Bids)
Time Remaining: 1d 11h 4m
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Antique Elgin Raymond Railroad Pocket Watch In 10 KT Gold Filled Case
$50.99 (11 Bids)
Time Remaining: 1d 11h 54m
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SHARP UNIQUE HAMILTON DECO STYLE RAILROAD DIAL D S ENAMEL Fits 992 OTHERS
$15.50 (4 Bids)
Time Remaining: 1d 12h 40m
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1947 Hamilton railroad pocket watch
$99.00 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 1d 13h 5m
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Hamilton 992 Railroad Pocket Watch 21 Jewel 5 Adjustments
$100.00 (1 Bid)
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Solar watch Co 21 jwl 16 size railroad swiss antique pocket watch clean
$50.00 (1 Bid)
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1901 ELGIN VERITAS 16 Size 23 Jewels Lever Set Rail Road Pocket Watch
$102.50 (23 Bids)
Time Remaining: 2d 3h 51m
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Vintage Haste de Luxe Buren 23 JSwiss Railroad Type Pocket Watch Train Engraved
$112.50 (23 Bids)
Time Remaining: 2d 4h 1m
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1913 Hamilton 992 Railroad Pocket Watch Excellent 21 Jewels 5 Position 10KGF
$52.99 (14 Bids)
Time Remaining: 2d 4h 7m
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If searching for the perfect antique railroad pocket watch, one point to note is that they are invariably of US make due to mandatory by the standards set in place. Besides, give consideration to the watch movement's size. A watch movement's size is decided by measuring a dial across the middle and after that along to the point where it's narrowest. Noting those standards placed by the Railways, any railroad- grade pocket watch were asked to be at least size 18 or 15. 227mm. That requirement altered to a bigger size 16(16. 919mm) by the Thirties.

Additionally, the watches were open faced rather than contained within a hinged case plus they were marked with Arabic numerals Roman. Every watch used no less than 17 jewels within its movement. The watches required the capability to be adjusted in over 5 positions- - face up, face down, crown up, crown down, or even sideways. , the timepieces were needed to maintain correct time inside thirty seconds week. This timepieces were even needed to have the ability to compensate for temperatures in a range of 34 to 100 degrees Fahrenheit.

More demands for the railroad watches steel escape wheels, lever sets, double rollers, regulators, winding stems pegged at 12 o'clock, white dials, but black hands. Using those standards, the good quality plus accuracy of these pocket watches were indeed unsurpassed in best.

Since US watch companies rose to fulfill the challenge given by the urgent requirements of a expanding railroad business, they produced ever more precise timepieces, often surpassing the necessities in the railroads. And the Waltham Watch manufacturer was the first to comply with the requirements of the railroad industry, though they were promptly followed by most of the other important US watch companies, together with Westclox, Ball, Hampden,Illinois, Elgin and Hamilton to name a few. It's those pocket watches, usually featuring as many as 23 jewels plus six adjustable positions rather than five, which are very looked for by collectors and watches enthusiasts.