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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Hamilton FANCY RAILROAD Gold Filled Running Pocket Watch 21 Jewels 940 movement
$172.50 (22 Bids)
Time Remaining: 4h 44m
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Vintage Illinois Watch Co Railroad Pocket Watch Open Face 17 Jewels 1562911
$15.50 (3 Bids)
Time Remaining: 5h 17m
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Waltham 18 size 15 jewel Illinois nickel silver open face case railroad dial
$52.00 (6 Bids)
Time Remaining: 7h 8m
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1918 ELGIN BW RAYMOND POCKET WATCH LEVER SET RAILROAD GRADE 455 19J RUNNING
$55.00 (11 Bids)
Time Remaining: 8h 43m
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1912 Elgin B W Raymond 16 sz 21 jewel railroad pocket watch
$172.50 (27 Bids)
Time Remaining: 10h 50m
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HAMILTON 940 RAIL ROAD POCKET WATCH 21J OF GF C1911 RUNS
$140.47 (19 Bids)
Time Remaining: 11h 14m
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Antique Howard series 5 16s 19 jewel Rail Road grade pocket watch1912
$260.99 (24 Bids)
Time Remaining: 11h 17m
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1927 HAMILTON 992 16S 21J RAILROAD GRADE ORIGINAL HAMILTON SALESMAN DISPLAY CASE
$117.51 (7 Bids)
Time Remaining: 11h 24m
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Antique Hamilton type I 992 16s 21 Ruby jewel Rail Road pocket watchMade 1913
$228.19 (51 Bids)
Time Remaining: 11h 27m
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Elgin B W Raymond 19 jewel Railroad Watch Salesman Case 18 Sz
$86.00 (12 Bids)
Time Remaining: 11h 48m
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ANTIQUE BALL WATCH CO OFFICIAL RAILROAD STANDARD OPENFACE POCKET WATCH 21 JEWELS
$141.50 (19 Bids)
Time Remaining: 12h 42m
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Antique Gold Southbend Railroad watch
$64.00 (9 Bids)
Time Remaining: 1d 2h 28m
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Hamilton 992 GOLD FILL Railroad Grade Pocket 21 Jewel Watch Double Roller
$189.99 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 1d 6h 13m
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RARE Hamilton 992 Commemorative Railroad Pocket Watch 10K Gold Filled 17 Jewel
$144.35 (5 Bids)
Time Remaining: 1d 7h 25m
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Antique16s Illinois Railroad Pocket Watch 17j Running KEEPS TIME 20 YR CASE
$44.50 (5 Bids)
Time Remaining: 1d 8h 4m
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Vintage Rare Waltham Railroad Pocket Watch Unique Design 21 Jewels
$49.99 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 1d 10h 51m
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Antique 16 Size Hamilton Railroad Grade Pocket Watch Grade 992 No Reserve
$76.00 (10 Bids)
Time Remaining: 1d 10h 54m
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NEAR MINT 14K Solid Gold 16S Waltham Railroad Grd Pocket Watch No Scrap 89g RUNS
$332.78 (14 Bids)
Time Remaining: 1d 11h 8m
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ANTIQUE HAMILTON HIGH GRADE RAILROAD WATCHES CELLULOID NOTE PAD 1904
$10.00 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 1d 11h 50m
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1919 Illinois 16S 17J Pocket Watch SIJ DR Railroad Rear Cover Runs For A While
$33.99 (7 Bids)
Time Remaining: 1d 11h 53m
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Vintage Hamilton Railroad Pocket Watch Swing out movement
$56.00 (7 Bids)
Time Remaining: 1d 11h 57m
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Antique 16 Size Waltham Vanguard Railroad Grade Pocket Watch No Reserve
$212.50 (46 Bids)
Time Remaining: 1d 12h
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Antique 18 Size Waltham 845 Railroad Grade Pocket Watch No Reserve
$78.00 (14 Bids)
Time Remaining: 1d 12h 3m
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Antique 16 Size Illinois A Lincoln Railroad Grade Pocket Watch
$115.06 (11 Bids)
Time Remaining: 1d 12h 12m
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18 SIZE ELGIN HH TAYLOR 15 JEWEL KEY WIND RAIL ROAD MOVEMENT JUST SERVIVED
$15.50 (2 Bids)
Time Remaining: 1d 12h 20m
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Antique 16 Size Hamilton Railroad Grade 992 Pocket Watch No Reserve
$81.50 (10 Bids)
Time Remaining: 1d 13h 12m
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Minty Elgin 16s 23j Elgin BW Raymond railroad exc dial signed WGF case serviced
$160.50 (15 Bids)
Time Remaining: 1d 13h 13m
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1904 ANTIQUE 16s WALTHAM 21J CRESCENT ST RAILROAD RR OF POCKET WATCH
$69.86 (9 Bids)
Time Remaining: 1d 19h 38m
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Antique Official 1896 RailRoad Standard Watch Co Ball Pocket Watch 19 Jewels
$257.00 (13 Bids)
Time Remaining: 2d 2h 35m
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ANTIQUE RAILROAD OPEN FACE POCKET WATCH ELGIN BW RAYMOND 21 JEWELS
$137.50 (2 Bids)
Time Remaining: 2d 10h 54m
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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.