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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1922 Hamilton 21 jewel Railroad Grade Pocket Watch
$159.99 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 11h 12m
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Elgin Father Time Railroad Pocket Watch
$120.27 (22 Bids)
Time Remaining: 13h 47m
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Elgin BW Raymond 18 Size 19 Jewel Lever Set Adjusted Railroad Grade Pocket Watch
$143.00 (3 Bids)
Time Remaining: 18h 11m
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Antique Waltham Vanguard 18s 21 jewel high grade Rail Road pocket watch 1904
$262.75 (15 Bids)
Time Remaining: 16h 17m
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VINTAGE 1927 HAMILTON 992 21J 14K WGF RAILROAD GRADE POCKET WATCH NICE
$366.00 (27 Bids)
Time Remaining: 18h 7m
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UNION NATIONAL WATCH CO RAILROAD SPECIAL VINTAGE TRAIN POCKET WATCH JEWELED
$20.00 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 1d 10h 21m
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Antique Illinois 16s Sangamo 21 Ruby jewels two tone Rail Road pocket watch
$938.00 (62 Bids)
Time Remaining: 16h 28m
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Antique Elgin 16s BW Raymond 21 jewel Rail Road pocket watch Neat case 1924
$186.50 (22 Bids)
Time Remaining: 16h 57m
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Wakmann Unitas 6497 Railroad 17J Incabloc Open Face Mens Vintage Pocket Watch
$68.00 (14 Bids)
Time Remaining: 13h 31m
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Antique Waltham 16s 21 Ruby jewel high grade Rail Road pocket watch Made 1908
$306.00 (26 Bids)
Time Remaining: 16h 48m
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Aristocrat Railroad special Pocket watch Train windup works Silver tone Numbers
$7.00 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 1d 15h 46m
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UNIQUE 1910 ELGIN 17 JEWEL 10K GOLD RAILROAD TRAIN POCKET WATCH WADSWORTH CASE
$26.00 (7 Bids)
Time Remaining: 12h 7m
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Elgin Railroad Pocket Watch 21 Jewel 16 size 8 adjustments 571
$122.26 (20 Bids)
Time Remaining: 1d 19h 32m
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Elgin 18s HH Taylor Pocket Watch Railroad Non Working
$24.95 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 2d 12h 3m
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HAMILTON 992 RAILROAD POCKET WATCH HAMILTON CASE
$225.00 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 3d 18h 29m
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VINTAGE EDGAR PWHEELER 21JEWEL RAILROAD POCKET WATCH CHAIN PATERSONNJ NR
$99.99 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 2d 8h 17m
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ILLINOIS Pocket Watch Serial 965854 Railroad Design Parts Repair
$21.95 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 3d 5h 40m
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1905 Elgin No 349 21J Railroad Grade Open Face Watch Running Strong
$120.50 (11 Bids)
Time Remaining: 1d 15h 56m
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1925 Ball Hamilton 21 Jewel 16 Size Open Face Railroad Pocket Watch
$228.52 (22 Bids)
Time Remaining: 1d 13h 8m
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18s 21Jewel Hamilton 940 Railroad Pocket watch Motor Barrel
$123.50 (33 Bids)
Time Remaining: 1d 16h 7m
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Beautiful Waltham Vanguard 18s 23j adjusted railroad grade in GF 20yr case
$251.33 (10 Bids)
Time Remaining: 16h 8m
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new haven watch co pocket watch railroad 21 jewel hot or cold movement repair
$19.99 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 3d 13h 42m
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Burlington Illinois Sz 16 Bridge Movement 21J Lever Set Railroad Pocket Watch
$53.00 (12 Bids)
Time Remaining: 1d 16h 7m
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Antique 18s Seth Thomas 21J Gold Filled Pocket Watch 260 Railroad Grade
$135.83 (14 Bids)
Time Remaining: 1d 11h 17m
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WALTHAM 55mm 17 JEWEL RAIL ROAD POCKET WATCH 20 YR CASE RUNNING
$9.99 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 4d 15h 39m
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Hamilton Railroad Grade 1940 Size 18 21 Jewel Pocket Watch
$112.27 (14 Bids)
Time Remaining: 1d 16h 7m
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HAMILTON 21 JEWEL RAILROAD POCKET WATCH C
$66.00 (4 Bids)
Time Remaining: 9d 15h 37m
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Hamilton 990 Railroad Pocket Watch 16 Size 21 Jewels Gold Filled case RUNS
$137.50 (53 Bids)
Time Remaining: 3d 17h 52m
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VINTAGE HAMILTON 992E ELINVAR 21J 10K YGF RAILROAD GRADE POCKET WATCH
$339.00 (14 Bids)
Time Remaining: 1d 18h 19m
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Hamilton 17 Jewels Grade 926 Railroad Grade Size 18 Open Face Pocket Watch
$41.88 (8 Bids)
Time Remaining: 1d 16h 8m
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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.