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 992 HAMILTON RAILROAD POCKET WATCH 21 jewels Working Fine
$100.99 (7 Bids)
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FINE GOLD FL 1912 ELGIN BW RAYMOND RAIL ROAD POCKET WATCH 19J ADJ 5 POS RUNS A+
$70.99 (12 Bids)
Time Remaining: 15h 49m
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Hampden 21 Jewel Railroad Double Roller Antique Pocket Watch RUNS
$80.00 (3 Bids)
Time Remaining: 15h 51m
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Burlington Watch Co Pocket Watch Movement 21 Jewel American Railroad Watch Parts
$7.99 (2 Bids)
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HAMILTON RAILROAD 992 14K Gold Filled 21 JEWEL POCKET WATCH DOUBLE ROLLER
$137.50 (14 Bids)
Time Remaining: 16h 19m
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Illinois 16s 21J Santa Fe Special railroad watch movement
$89.00 (7 Bids)
Time Remaining: 16h 28m
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50mm Elgin Railroad Pocket Watch 10k Gold Filled
$81.00 (10 Bids)
Time Remaining: 16h 34m
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Vintage Hampden Watch Co Large Railroad Pocket Watch Working Keeps Time 4946
$51.00 (10 Bids)
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ANTIQUE ROCKFORD RAILROAD POCKET WATCH SERIAL 249395 57mm SILVERINE
$28.95 (5 Bids)
Time Remaining: 19h 15m
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HAMILTON 992B 21J 16S OPEN FACE RAILWAY SPECIAL RAILROAD POCKET WATCH
$152.50 (22 Bids)
Time Remaining: 19h 42m
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Illinois Sangamo 23 Jewel Size 16 Railroad Grade Adj 6 GJS LS Runs
$330.00 (3 Bids)
Time Remaining: 20h 54m
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Vintage Elgin Natl Watch Co Large Railroad 17 Jewel Pocket Watch Working NR
$21.13 (4 Bids)
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Antique Rockford Winnebago 18s High grade Rail Road pocket watch made 1908
$620.00 (51 Bids)
Time Remaining: 21h 54m
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Vintage Westclox Pocket Watch The Conductor Railroad Train
$30.00 (1 Bid)
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Hamilton 992B Railway special 16s 21 jewel Rail Road pocket watch original 1949
$300.00 (54 Bids)
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Hamilton 992B Railway special 16s 21 jewel Rail Road pocket watch original 1946
$202.50 (51 Bids)
Time Remaining: 22h 13m
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Grandads Excellent 17 Jewel Hamilton Railroad Pocket watchrunning GreatLook
$32.01 (5 Bids)
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Antique South Bend Rail Road lot of 2 pocket watch movements Size 18s
$13.49 (3 Bids)
Time Remaining: 22h 43m
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Antique 16s USA Salesmans Display Presentation Railroad Pocket Watch Case E2645
$27.66 (6 Bids)
Time Remaining: 23h 5m
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G135 Vintage Hamilton Rail Road Grade 940 21 Jewels Movement Working with case
$125.66 (3 Bids)
Time Remaining: 23h 18m
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VINTAGE BALL OFFICIAL RAILROAD STANDARD LEVER SET 21 JEWEL POCKET WATCH NO RES
$199.16 (15 Bids)
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Antique pocket watch for parts or repair Hartford Railroad Ruby Jewels
$10.00 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 1d 13h 58m
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Elgin 349 21 jewel 18s Model 7 Railroad Grade Pocket Watch
$77.99 (24 Bids)
Time Remaining: 1d 15h 7m
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1927 10k Gold fil Illinois 60hr Bunn Special 21J 16S Railroad Grade Pocket Watch
$182.50 (6 Bids)
Time Remaining: 1d 15h 37m
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Illinois 16s 21J railroad watch w BPOE ELKS dial running
$28.41 (8 Bids)
Time Remaining: 1d 16h 24m
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VINTAGE CORTEBERT TURKISH RAILROAD POCKET WATCH CHRONOMETER CAL 526
$56.00 (7 Bids)
Time Remaining: 1d 17h 16m
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VINTAGE SERKISOF TURKISH RAILROAD POCKET WATCH CHRONOMETER MOV RARE
$15.50 (5 Bids)
Time Remaining: 1d 17h 20m
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ROSKOPF RAILROAD Vintage Swiss pocket watch enamel dial engarved back
$26.00 (13 Bids)
Time Remaining: 1d 17h 44m
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18 size Illinois Bunn Special Railroad Watch Philadelphia Train display case
$250.00 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 1d 19h 12m
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1928 21J Hamilton Pocket Watch model 992 16s railroad runs and looks great
$152.50 (4 Bids)
Time Remaining: 1d 19h 42m
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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.