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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WESTCLOX No 40047 THE CONDUCTOR RAILROAD POCKET WATCH w CHAIN with BOX
$71.00 (8 Bids)
Time Remaining: 1h 43m
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18s Elgin 19J B W Raymond railroad watch movement w good staff
$67.50 (19 Bids)
Time Remaining: 4h 36m
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Hamilton Model A 16s Railroad watch case 10K Gold Filled
$89.99 (22 Bids)
Time Remaining: 4h 52m
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Perfect Original Working 21Jewels Hamilton 992 Railroad Pocket Watch No Reserve
$200.02 (24 Bids)
Time Remaining: 8h 16m
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16s Cleveland Ball Rail Road Official Standard RR 17J Pocket Watch Ball Case
$305.00 (20 Bids)
Time Remaining: 9h 18m
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Antique E Howard Series 10 16s 21 jewel Rail Road pocket watch Beautiful 1914
$371.00 (32 Bids)
Time Remaining: 10h 14m
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Antique Hamilton 940 18s 21 jewel Rail Road pocket watch Beautiful watch 1903
$282.75 (18 Bids)
Time Remaining: 10h 31m
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Illinois 18s 21J Bunn Special Railroad Grade Yellow Gold Filled Pocket Watch
$142.50 (6 Bids)
Time Remaining: 11h 10m
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Elgin 16s 21J Father Time Stem Wind Lever Set Railroad Grade Pocket Watch
$102.50 (11 Bids)
Time Remaining: 11h 15m
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RARE 1903 VINTAGE GRADE NO 280 16S ELGIN 17J RAILROAD W COOL RAILROADY CASE
$118.00 (14 Bids)
Time Remaining: 11h 31m
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16s Illinois Watch Co Union Pacific Railroad Montgomery Gothic Pocket Watch Dial
$9.99 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 12h 43m
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Railroad Pocket watch Hamilton Railway Special 992B 21J Gold Filled MINT
$154.99 (3 Bids)
Time Remaining: 1d 6h 2m
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Nice Hampden John C Dueber Special 18S Rail Road Graded 17J GF Pocket Watch
$61.01 (9 Bids)
Time Remaining: 1d 9h 48m
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Hamilton Watch Co 992 21 Jewel Railroad Pocket Watch Two Tone Case RUNNING
$100.99 (11 Bids)
Time Remaining: 1d 11h
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Hamilton Watch Co 992 21 Jewel Railroad Pocket Watch w Freemason Symbol GF
$58.57 (6 Bids)
Time Remaining: 1d 11h 5m
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VINTAGE ILLINOIS SANTA FE RAILROAD POCKET WATCH 16 SIZE AR
$121.50 (8 Bids)
Time Remaining: 1d 11h 57m
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J Boss Antique Railroad Pocket Watch Case Train Engraved Back Lid
$12.50 (3 Bids)
Time Remaining: 1d 12h 5m
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ELGIN pocket watch 17 jewels USA engraved case 10k RGP RAIL ROAD style c 1940
$37.41 (6 Bids)
Time Remaining: 2d 2h 58m
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Hamilton Motor Barrel Railroad Pocket Watch 940 21J 18S 1907 DS dial 10k case
$165.00 (17 Bids)
Time Remaining: 2d 3h 28m
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ANTIQUE 1920 18 SIZE ELGIN 19 JEWEL BW RAYMOND RAILROAD POCKET WATCH 99 NO RES
$57.25 (12 Bids)
Time Remaining: 2d 3h 38m
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Fantastic Hamilton 992B 16 size 21 jewel Antique Railroad Pocket Watch St Steel
$250.00 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 2d 4h 12m
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HAMILTON 992 RAILROAD APPROVED 21J 16SZ POCKETWATCH
$139.49 (5 Bids)
Time Remaining: 2d 4h 52m
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Antique American Waltham Railroad Pocket Watch 1910s Model 1908 Vintage WWI
$15.50 (4 Bids)
Time Remaining: 2d 6h 31m
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Ball Official Railroad Standard Hamilton 21 Jewel 999 Ball Marked Case
$222.50 (26 Bids)
Time Remaining: 2d 6h 57m
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Antique F E Roskopf Pocket Watch AMAZING Railroad case Triple Signed Silver
$265.00 (15 Bids)
Time Remaining: 2d 7h 24m
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illinois 21 jewels santa fe specialtriple signed railroad pocket watch running
$153.00 (13 Bids)
Time Remaining: 2d 8h 41m
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Illinois 21 J Lever set Three finger MONITOR Movement 16 size railroad
$11.00 (2 Bids)
Time Remaining: 2d 9h 29m
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Elgin BW Raymond Grade 391 21 Jewel Railroad Grade Great Case and Running Well
$111.88 (26 Bids)
Time Remaining: 2d 9h 30m
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VINTAGE 1908 21J 16S HAMILTON RAILROAD GRADE 990 POCKET WATCH FROM 1908 RUNNING
$91.00 (9 Bids)
Time Remaining: 2d 9h 49m
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estate 16S Elgin pocket watch Railroad case Montgomery dial as is parts repair
$24.05 (15 Bids)
Time Remaining: 2d 9h 59m
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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.