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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18 Size 23 Jewel Waltham Vanguard Railroad Pocket Watch Base Metal Case Runs
$139.49 (12 Bids)
Time Remaining: 7h 54m
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ANTIQUE 1883 WALTHAM P S BARTLETT RAILROAD POCKET WATCH EXCELLENT COND WORKS
$88.00 (16 Bids)
Time Remaining: 8h 24m
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ANTIQUE Hunter Geneva Railroad Motif Pocket Watch Runs Super Rare
$55.00 (13 Bids)
Time Remaining: 9h 34m
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American Waltham 645 Railroad Approved 21J Gold Settings Cntr Wheel Pocket Watch
$64.87 (2 Bids)
Time Remaining: 10h 51m
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HAMILTON 950 FULL MONTGOMERY DIAL 23J GOLD CENTER WHEEL RAIL ROAD POCKET WATCH
$577.70 (17 Bids)
Time Remaining: 12h 5m
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VINTAGE HAMILTON 992B 21J RAILROAD GRADE 10K GOLD FILL NICE RUNNING GREAT
$185.50 (14 Bids)
Time Remaining: 13h 12m
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Vintage Seth Thomas pocket watch railroad
$45.00 (2 Bids)
Time Remaining: 14h 17m
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Circa 1941 Hamilton Grade 940 unmarked Railroad Watch 21 jewels No Reserve
$79.00 (31 Bids)
Time Remaining: 14h 48m
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Hamilton 21j Model 940 Railroad Pocket Watch Gold Jewel Setting Gold Filled Case
$102.50 (32 Bids)
Time Remaining: 15h 30m
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Elgin 1926 21 Jewel B W Raymond Pocket Watch Railroad Grade 478 Model 15 RUNS
$125.00 (2 Bids)
Time Remaining: 15h 41m
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HAMILTON MODEL 15 RAILROAD CASE IN EXCELLENT CONDITION NO RESERVE
$64.00 (8 Bids)
Time Remaining: 15h 50m
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Antique Columbus 18s Time King 21 jewels two tone Rail Road pocket watch 1894
$300.00 (15 Bids)
Time Remaining: 15h 54m
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Hamilton 21 jewels 16s 992E Elinvar Railroad Pocket Watch not Illinois or Elgin
$310.00 (16 Bids)
Time Remaining: 15h 57m
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SANTA FE SPECIAL ILLINOIS 21j RAILROAD ANTIQUE POCKET WATCH w MONTGOMERY DIAL
$152.50 (14 Bids)
Time Remaining: 16h 6m
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Star Railroad Pocket Watch Case 16s in Gold Filled Fits Hamilton Elgin NoRes
$36.00 (11 Bids)
Time Remaining: 16h 42m
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Antique Ball Hamilton 999P 16s 21 jewels high grade Rail Road pocket watch 1925
$351.10 (31 Bids)
Time Remaining: 16h 50m
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Illinois Railroad Pocket Watch Case 16s Gold Filled Fits Hamilton Elgin NoRes
$43.55 (22 Bids)
Time Remaining: 16h 54m
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ANTIQUE HAMILTON THE UNION SPECIAL 14k GOLD HUNTER CASE 18 RAILROAD POCKET WATCH
$257.52 (18 Bids)
Time Remaining: 17h
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ANTIQUE 1921 19j ELGIN RAILROAD 455 BW RAYMOND 14k GOLD FILLED CASE POCKET WATCH
$102.52 (23 Bids)
Time Remaining: 17h 16m
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ANTIQUE 1903 HAMILTON 941 14k GOLD FILLED HUNTER CASE 18s RAILROAD POCKET WATCH
$305.00 (22 Bids)
Time Remaining: 17h 20m
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RARE ANTIQUE 1889 WALTHAM No 14 ROYAL ORNATE CRESCENT CASE RAILROAD POCKET WATCH
$66.00 (10 Bids)
Time Remaining: 17h 23m
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AUSTRALIAN RAILROAD 18s MD92 VANGUARD 23j NEW SOUTH WALES GOVERNMENT RAILWAYS
$248.00 (31 Bids)
Time Remaining: 17h 24m
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ANTIQUE 1906 WALTHAM No 85 RAILROAD ORNATE TRAIN 18s KEYSTONE CASE POCKET WATCH
$78.77 (17 Bids)
Time Remaining: 17h 30m
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ANTIQUE 1922 21j ELGIN FATHER TIME RAILROAD 454 CHROME 16s CASE POCKET WATCH
$185.99 (42 Bids)
Time Remaining: 17h 34m
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A BEAUTIFUL ELGIN 16S OF LS RAILROAD WATCH 21J FATHER TIME OLD
$301.00 (45 Bids)
Time Remaining: 17h 36m
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HAMILTON Railroad Grade Railway Special Pocket Watch Grade 992b 21J 16S SERVICED
$260.00 (10 Bids)
Time Remaining: 17h 36m
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FANTASTIC SIGNED HAMILTON RAILROAD MODEL CASE 4 16S 14K WGF RIGID BOW CLASSIC
$72.55 (14 Bids)
Time Remaining: 17h 47m
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FINE VINTAGE 16s BALL WALTHAM 21J 5 POSITION RAILROAD POCKETWATCH CIRCA 1911
$247.50 (13 Bids)
Time Remaining: 17h 50m
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18s 21Jewel Hamilton 940 Hamilton Railroad 4oz Silver Case Extra Fine Condition
$293.00 (23 Bids)
Time Remaining: 17h 50m
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Vintage Elgin 21J BW Raymond Antique Railroad Pocket Watch with Original Box
$185.00 (14 Bids)
Time Remaining: 17h 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.