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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Elgin Father Time 21 Jewel Pocket Watch 16s Railroad Grade
$128.46 (4 Bids)
Time Remaining: 9h 40m
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Waltham Traveler Gold Filled Railroad Pocket Watch
$93.97 (2 Bids)
Time Remaining: 11h 30m
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Rare Ball Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen watch fob Original BRT fob
$22.50 (4 Bids)
Time Remaining: 14h 31m
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Waltham 14k GREEN Gold Filled Vanguard 23 Jewel LS Railroad Pocket Watch M 1899
$260.00 (36 Bids)
Time Remaining: 16h 3m
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HAMILTON 956 POCKET WATCH FULL MONTGOMERY RAILROAD DL 16SZ 17 ADJ FOR PARTS REPR
$72.00 (19 Bids)
Time Remaining: 16h 16m
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E HOWARD 19 JEWELS 12K GF ELGIN RAILROAD CASE 16 Size Pocket Watch c1900
$500.00 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 16h 40m
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1915 WALTHAM 17J RAIL ROAD DUEBER POCKET WATCH 14K GOLD WORKING
$36.00 (9 Bids)
Time Remaining: 16h 52m
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BALL OFFICIAL RAILROAD STANDARD 23j 14K GREEN GOLD FILLED 16s Pocket Watch 1916
$710.00 (11 Bids)
Time Remaining: 18h 19m
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23 JEWEL WALTHAM VANGUARD RUNNING VINTAGE ANTIQUE POCKET WATCH 16s RAILROAD Gr
$103.05 (19 Bids)
Time Remaining: 19h
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Hamilton 992B Railway special 16s 21 jewel Rail Road pocket watch Made 1958
$330.00 (28 Bids)
Time Remaining: 19h 8m
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Hamilton 992 16s 21 jewels Rail Road pocket watch Runs great Made 1917
$169.05 (21 Bids)
Time Remaining: 19h 9m
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Hamilton Open Face Railroad Watch 912 14K Gold Pocket Watch 17 Jewel
$103.49 (2 Bids)
Time Remaining: 19h 46m
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Vintage 1919 Hamilton 992 Railroad Pocket Watch 21 Jewels Double Roller 10K GF
$119.00 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 22h 2m
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ILLINOIS STERLING 12 s 17 j adj gr 405 POCKET WATCH KEEPING RAILROAD TIME GFCASE
$74.99 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 1d 28m
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16 Size Illinois Watch Case Co Elgin 10K Gold Filled Railroad Pocket Watch Case
$75.00 (10 Bids)
Time Remaining: 1d 11h 24m
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16 S Wadsworth Hamilton Model 2 BOC 10K Gold Filled Railroad Pocket Watch Case
$103.50 (10 Bids)
Time Remaining: 1d 11h 27m
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16 Size 21 Jewels Hamilton 990 Railroad Pocket Watch Movement Running
$114.50 (9 Bids)
Time Remaining: 1d 11h 44m
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Rare 2 Star 16 size 21j Hamilton 961 Antique Railroad Pocket Watch Movement
$305.75 (9 Bids)
Time Remaining: 1d 12h 40m
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18 Size 21 Ruby Jewels Hamilton 940 Tu Tone Railroad Pocket Watch Running
$361.00 (17 Bids)
Time Remaining: 1d 13h 26m
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16 Size 21 Jewels Hamilton 992b Railroad Pocket Watch Movement Running
$71.00 (24 Bids)
Time Remaining: 1d 13h 52m
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16 Size 21 Jewels Hamilton 992e Railroad Pocket Watch Movement Running
$152.50 (15 Bids)
Time Remaining: 1d 14h 3m
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16 S 21 Jewel Elgin Grade 471 B W Raymond Railroad Pocket Watch Movement Running
$79.00 (14 Bids)
Time Remaining: 1d 14h 18m
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Vintage Hampden Dueber Pocket Watch 21 Jewels Railroad Style Working Perfectly
$17.50 (3 Bids)
Time Remaining: 1d 16h 6m
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Collectible Railroad Perseo1970 Swiss Pocket Watch With Rare CASE Perfect
$57.50 (10 Bids)
Time Remaining: 1d 16h 38m
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16s 15j Illinois LN Railroad Railway SW LS Gold Pocket Watch Just Serviced
$301.51 (36 Bids)
Time Remaining: 1d 17h 11m
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RAILROAD 16s 1947 21j 992B HAMILTION RAILROAD POCKET WATCH BEAUTIFUL MINTY CONDI
$215.00 (47 Bids)
Time Remaining: 1d 17h 15m
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NICE 1910 HAMILTON 21j 992 RAILROAD POCKET WATCH MODEL 1 BEAUTIUFL CASE
$127.50 (26 Bids)
Time Remaining: 1d 17h 19m
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BALL OFFICIAL RAILROAD STANDARD 19 JEWEL 10K GF 16 Size Pocket Watch c1904 19j
$500.00 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 1d 17h 36m
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16s 17j South Bend Script SW LS Railroad Grade Pocket Watch Just Serviced
$142.50 (24 Bids)
Time Remaining: 1d 17h 56m
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Am Watch Co Waltham 15 Jewel Pocket Watch Mens Railroad Wind Up Antique
$15.00 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 1d 18h 55m
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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.