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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Antique 1914 Hamilton 185 Size21 Jewel Railroad Grade Pocket Watch
$170.00 (8 Bids)
Time Remaining: 1h 44m
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Antique Waltham Vanguard 18s 23 jewel high grade Rail Road pocket watch 1903
$400.00 (24 Bids)
Time Remaining: 3h 9m
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Great 18S Elgin Pocket Watch Running Railroad Grade 125 Yrs Old
$100.00 (15 Bids)
Time Remaining: 3h 22m
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Antique 16s Burlington Special 19jewel Railroad Pocket Watch
$73.00 (6 Bids)
Time Remaining: 3h 23m
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VINTAGE HAMILTON 992B 21J 10K YGF RAILROAD GRADE POCKET WATCH NICE
$374.00 (18 Bids)
Time Remaining: 4h 31m
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Burlington Special Railroad pocket watch
$116.50 (8 Bids)
Time Remaining: 5h 21m
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WALTHAM POCKET WATCH 21 JEWEL RAILROAD GRADE 845 RUNS AND TIME NICE
$96.96 (8 Bids)
Time Remaining: 16h 3m
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HAMILTON POCKET WATCH 21 JEWEL 992 RAILROAD APPROVED 16 SIZE SWING CASE RUNNING
$128.22 (12 Bids)
Time Remaining: 16h 34m
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ELGIN FATHER TIME RAILROAD POCKET WATCH
$66.99 (9 Bids)
Time Remaining: 20h 10m
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Hamilton GF Railroad Pocket Watch Open Face Grade 972 16 Size Needs Work
$103.50 (3 Bids)
Time Remaining: 20h 48m
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Waltham 21 Jewel Pocket Watch Railroad
$95.00 (2 Bids)
Time Remaining: 23h 37m
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Illinois Watch Co Railroad Grade SANGAMO GF Pocket Watch Size 16s 21j 7070
$100.00 (8 Bids)
Time Remaining: 1d 1h 24m
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Waltham Crescent St GF Openface Railroad Pocket Watch Size 16s 21J 7093
$68.00 (18 Bids)
Time Remaining: 1d 1h 26m
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Antique HAMILTON 992 16s 21 jewel Railroad Grade Pocket Watch Serviced
$76.96 (12 Bids)
Time Remaining: 1d 1h 58m
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Antique Waltham Vanguard 18s 23 jewel high grade Rail Road pocket watch 1903
$355.00 (25 Bids)
Time Remaining: 1d 2h 20m
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Exceptional 99 Mint Hamilton 950B Railroad Pocket Watch 17 BOC Case
$675.00 (8 Bids)
Time Remaining: 1d 2h 20m
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Balls 20th Century Railroad Standard Watches Watch Inspectors Scarce Red
$19.49 (3 Bids)
Time Remaining: 1d 2h 50m
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Embossed Hamilton Railroad Pass Holder RARE 940 992 Watch Inspector
$49.99 (5 Bids)
Time Remaining: 1d 3h 20m
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EXCELLENT 1911 HOWARD 16SZ RAIL ROAD POCKET WATCH DS MONTGOMERY DIAL BOX PAPERS
$350.00 (31 Bids)
Time Remaining: 1d 3h 27m
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VINTAGE HAMILTON 992E ELINVAR 21J 10K YGF RAILROAD GRADE POCKET WATCH
$510.00 (21 Bids)
Time Remaining: 1d 4h
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ca1888 ELGIN NATIONAL WATCH CO RAILROAD POCKET WATCH SERIAL 3009381
$24.50 (6 Bids)
Time Remaining: 1d 4h 13m
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Vintage WALTHAM 17Jewels RAILROAD RR ANTIMAGNETIC SHOCK RESISTANT POCKET WATCH
$57.42 (12 Bids)
Time Remaining: 1d 4h 15m
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Antique 15 Jewel Waltham Railroad Type Pocket Watch with Burlington Zephyr
$56.00 (12 Bids)
Time Remaining: 1d 5h
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BOC Hamilton 992B 21J Railway Special Railroad Pocket Watch Montgomery Dial
$152.00 (11 Bids)
Time Remaining: 1d 5h 35m
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ILLINOIS CAPITOL 21 JEWEL ADJ 3 POS RAILROAD 16 SIZE GOLD SCREWS REGUL A BEAUTY
$112.00 (31 Bids)
Time Remaining: 1d 15h 36m
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1st run 18s 92 model 21 jewel Open Face Vanguard Waltham railroad pocket watch
$142.50 (17 Bids)
Time Remaining: 1d 19h 4m
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Vintage Hamilton Railroad Special 992B 21 Jewels White Dial RUNS
$271.88 (34 Bids)
Time Remaining: 1d 19h 56m
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18s ELDRIDGE POCKET WATCH RAILROAD POCKET WATCH
$10.50 (2 Bids)
Time Remaining: 1d 20h 7m
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18S WALTHAM POCKET WATCH WALTHAM RAILROAD POCKET WATCH
$26.00 (3 Bids)
Time Remaining: 1d 20h 15m
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18S COLUMBUS POCKET WATCH COLUMBUS RAILROAD POCKET WATCH DISPLAY CASE
$38.00 (2 Bids)
Time Remaining: 1d 21h 53m
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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.