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 Illinois Railroad Style Pocket Watch w BUICK CAR 12 Hour Sunburst Dial
$135.00 (5 Bids)
Time Remaining: 3h 57m
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Mint Dynavar Hamilton 992E Elinvar Railroad 21J Mens Pocket Watch
$330.95 (18 Bids)
Time Remaining: 8h 24m
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Antique Elgin 16s Father Time Rail Road pocket watch made in 1921 Runs great
$91.00 (22 Bids)
Time Remaining: 12h 20m
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Scarce Heavy 14k Gold Hamilton 992 Montgomery Dial Railroad 21J Pocket Watch
$309.00 (23 Bids)
Time Remaining: 7h 44m
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Vintage MOLNIJA MOLNIA Railroad Pocket Watch USSR Train
$3.25 (4 Bids)
Time Remaining: 8h 58m
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21J Railroad Illinois Burlington Antique Montgomery Dial Pocket Watch to Fix
$47.00 (17 Bids)
Time Remaining: 6h 56m
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Huge Locomotive Pocket Watch Railroad Elgin Hunter GM Wheeler Multi Color
$306.00 (25 Bids)
Time Remaining: 9h 30m
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Waltham Pocket Watch 17 Jewels Railroad Running France
$26.00 (12 Bids)
Time Remaining: 1d 13h 21m
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Antique Vintage Advance Railroad Pocket Watch
$9.95 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 2d 10h 21m
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VINTAGE EDGEMERE OPEN FACE POCKET WATCH GREAT DUEBER RAILROAD SILVERINE CASE
$19.50 (9 Bids)
Time Remaining: 1d 13h 21m
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Westclox Railroad Pocket Watch Conductor Gold Tone Dollar Watch Mechanical Wind
$24.77 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 1d 17h 5m
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1894 Sterling Silver 925 Elgin BW Raymond Railroad Grade Hunter Pocket Watch
$86.00 (27 Bids)
Time Remaining: 14h 18m
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Antique Elgin Father Time 16s 21 jewel high grade Railroad pocket watch 1916
$125.00 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 3d 13h 47m
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ANTIQUE ILLINOIS WATCH Co POCKET WATCH RAILROAD GRADE sz 18 17 Jewels 1914
$50.00 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 3d 12h 46m
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ELGIN 16s RAILROAD POCKET WATCH 17j ADJ 574 GOLD RAILROAD STYLE CASE RUNS GREAT
$40.00 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 2d 13h 42m
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VTG ELGIN 10K GF CASE 19 Jewels railroad grade pocket watch
$44.95 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 2d 12h 16m
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ANTIQUE 1919 HAMILTON 992 1ST MOD 21 JEWELS 16S POCKET WATCH RAILROAD GRADE
$99.00 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 4d 12h 8m
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antique ball waltham official railroad standard pocket watch 21jewelsrunning
$127.50 (4 Bids)
Time Remaining: 1d 8h 34m
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FINE Elgin No 349 21j 18s RAILROAD Pocket Watch Movement for OF to Repair NoRes
$18.50 (4 Bids)
Time Remaining: 2d 12h 34m
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WALTHAM CRESCENT ST 19 JEWEL 18 SIZE MODEL 1892 RAILROAD POCKET WATCH MVT
$56.00 (9 Bids)
Time Remaining: 1d 12h 16m
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Gold Filled Antique Hamilton 992E 16s 21 jewel Rail Road pocket watch 1939
$227.50 (5 Bids)
Time Remaining: 2d 14h 24m
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Antique Everbrite Railroad Pocket Watch 17J Star Watch Case 10K Rolled GF Runs
$10.50 (2 Bids)
Time Remaining: 2d 9h
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Hamilton 16s 21J grade 992 Railroad Grade Yellow Gold Filled Open Face Case
$105.29 (18 Bids)
Time Remaining: 14h 5m
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HAMILTON 16 SIZE POCKET WATCH RAIL ROAD DIAL GOOD CONDITION
$0.99 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 5d 8h 58m
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ELGIN FATHER TIME 21 JEWEL 16 SIZE RAILROAD POCKET WATCH MVT
$59.00 (11 Bids)
Time Remaining: 1d 12h 10m
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Vintage Antique ILLINOIS BUNN SPECIAL SIZE 18 Silver Railroad Pocket Watch Case
$52.00 (3 Bids)
Time Remaining: 3d 14h 12m
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BRADLEY TIME GREAT AMERICAN RAILROAD POCKET WATCH SET
$0.99 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 3d 13h 9m
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HAMILTON 940 21 JEWEL 18 SIZE RAILROAD POCKET WATCH MVT
$86.00 (8 Bids)
Time Remaining: 1d 12h 20m
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Size 18 Hamilton Pocket Watch 21 Jewels Railroad Grade Private Label
$79.00 (10 Bids)
Time Remaining: 4d 13h 9m
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Rockford Railroad Watch 1899 runs great 17J size 18 Flawless double sunk dial
$61.00 (11 Bids)
Time Remaining: 1d 12h 49m
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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.