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 ELGIN 16s Grade 270 Railroad Pocket Watch 21 Jewel
$132.55 (2 Bids)
Time Remaining: 10h 55m
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18s South Bend double sunk MINTY Railroad watch dial
$43.00 (12 Bids)
Time Remaining: 13h 57m
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VINTAGE 1930s ELGIN MENS RAILROAD CONDUCTORS POCKET WATCH
$32.26 (5 Bids)
Time Remaining: 15h 50m
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ILLINOIS BUNN Railroad Pocket Watch 19 Jewels Motor Barrel RECENTLY SERVICED NR
$162.50 (13 Bids)
Time Remaining: 16h 25m
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ANTIQUE ELGIN RAILROAD TRAIN DIAL GRADE 387 16S 10K RGP POCKET WATCH 3 DAYS
$102.50 (28 Bids)
Time Remaining: 18h 38m
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Antique Waltham Vanguard 18s 21 jewel Rail Road high grade pocket watch 1903
$187.50 (21 Bids)
Time Remaining: 19h 48m
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Antique Hamilton 992 16s 21 jewel Rail Road pocket watch Hamilton case 1923
$255.00 (30 Bids)
Time Remaining: 19h 54m
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Vintage Sante Fe Special Illinois Railroad Pocket Watch
$149.99 (9 Bids)
Time Remaining: 20h 3m
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RARE Hamilton Bakelite Case For Railroad Watches
$179.50 (11 Bids)
Time Remaining: 21h 4m
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ANTIQUE CROSBY 17 JEWEL TRAIN RAILROAD LOCAMOTIVE 10KRGP EVERBRITE POCKETWATCH
$52.00 (10 Bids)
Time Remaining: 21h 11m
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ELGIN 21 JEWEL FATHER TIME LEVER SET OPEN FACE RAILROAD POCKET WATCH WORKING
$106.50 (9 Bids)
Time Remaining: 21h 47m
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VINTAGE HAMILTON 992B 21J SS RAILROAD GRADE POCKET WATCH NICE
$319.00 (37 Bids)
Time Remaining: 22h 58m
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Vintage Waltham 17j Railroad Manual Wind Pocket Watch Gold Toned Train Engraving
$33.00 (10 Bids)
Time Remaining: 1d 25m
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RARE ANTIQUE AURORA STERLING SILVER RAILROAD POCKET WATCH OVER 5 OUNCES TRAIN
$65.00 (12 Bids)
Time Remaining: 1d 11h
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Ball OFFICIAL STANDARD Cleveland Railroad Pocket Watch 21J Steampunk 10 Kt GF
$299.00 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 1d 12h 18m
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ELGIN NATL WATCH 16SZ RAILROAD STYLE CHALLENGE GOLD FILL CASE W BELT LOOP CHAIN
$17.50 (6 Bids)
Time Remaining: 1d 12h 33m
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Rare Vintage Howard Series 11 Railroad Chronometer Pocket Watch
$182.50 (14 Bids)
Time Remaining: 1d 12h 49m
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MAGNIFICENT 1927 HAMILTON 992 MINT BOX CAR DIAL 21J RAILROAD GRADE POCKET WATCH
$168.10 (24 Bids)
Time Remaining: 1d 14h 58m
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STUNNING 1908 BURLINGTON SPECIAL 16SZ RAIL ROAD ILLINOIS RARE GETTY POCKET WATCH
$202.71 (27 Bids)
Time Remaining: 1d 15h 14m
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EXCELLENT 1950 BW RAYMOND 16SZ RAIL ROAD ARROW IN ELGIN 21 JEWELS POCKET WATCH
$237.50 (26 Bids)
Time Remaining: 1d 15h 51m
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Hamilton 992 B Railroad Pocket Watch W Steel Case NR
$208.00 (11 Bids)
Time Remaining: 1d 17h 16m
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Antique E Howard 16s series V high grade 19 jewel Rail Road pocket watch 1910s
$203.00 (20 Bids)
Time Remaining: 1d 19h 18m
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1920 Hamilton 992 Pocket Watch 16s Lever Set 21 Jewel Railroad Grade
$188.49 (10 Bids)
Time Remaining: 1d 19h 21m
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Antique Hamilton 992 16s 21 jewels Rail Road pocket watch gold filled case
$160.50 (9 Bids)
Time Remaining: 1d 19h 49m
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Antique Elgin 16s Father Time 21j Canadian Rail Road pocket watch Gold filled
$216.00 (24 Bids)
Time Remaining: 1d 20h
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Illinois 21J Bunn Special Rail Road Pocket Watch 16s Monty Dial Double Roller
$167.69 (15 Bids)
Time Remaining: 1d 20h 18m
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Vintage Illinois 18S Bunn Special 21J Antique Railroad Watch Marked 6 Positions
$149.95 (10 Bids)
Time Remaining: 1d 20h 19m
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1955 WALTHAM Vanguard 23j 16s 10K Gold Filled Railroad Pocket Watch
$250.99 (43 Bids)
Time Remaining: 1d 20h 19m
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Antique Kaltron 17 jewels railroad pocket watch
$28.74 (3 Bids)
Time Remaining: 1d 21h 1m
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Antique gold Hamilton 992 railroad watch
$135.50 (13 Bids)
Time Remaining: 1d 22h 36m
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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.