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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21 jewel Hampden Pocket Watch Size 18 Railroad grade PARTS ONLY
$70.50 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 12h 4m
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Vintage Sears Railroad Pocket Watch Model 90001 Non Working Lot H13
$9.99 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 19h 35m
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1911 1912 ELGIN Father Time 21 J Railroad Pocket Watch Lever Set 20Yr GF case
$102.50 (2 Bids)
Time Remaining: 20h 41m
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Vintage Elgin Open Face Railroad Case Pocketwatch 1927
$57.00 (5 Bids)
Time Remaining: 13h 39m
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Vintage Capitol 17 Jewels Antique Train Pocket Watch Railroad Locomotive AS IS
$20.50 (7 Bids)
Time Remaining: 16h 19m
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VINTAGE ILLINOIS SANTA FE SPECIAL 19J 10K YGF RAILROAD POCKET WATCH
$150.00 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 1d 19h 9m
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VINTAGE ILLINOIS BUNN SPECIAL 17J STERLING SILVER RAILROAD POCKET WATCH
$145.00 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 1d 16h 33m
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ANTIQUE ELGIN BW RAYMOND 21 JEWEL RAILROAD POCKET WATCH GOLD FILLED COMPLETE
$111.01 (8 Bids)
Time Remaining: 20h 12m
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Antique 23 Jewels Salesman Display Case Railroad Pocket Watch Waltham Vanguard
$385.00 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 1d 19h 12m
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SUPER RARE 1912 ELGIN 18S 21J RAILROAD GRADE POCKET WATCH WORKING ONLY 4000 MADE
$44.33 (10 Bids)
Time Remaining: 17h 53m
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VINTAGE HAMILTON RAILROAD 21J MODEL 992 10K YGF POCKET WATCH
$130.50 (2 Bids)
Time Remaining: 1d 12h 28m
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Antique 21 Jewel Gold Filled Railroad Pocket Watch ILLINOIS Bunn Special
$285.00 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 1d 19h 7m
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16 SIZE HAMILTON 21 JEWELS 992 RAILROAD POCKET WATCH
$128.50 (11 Bids)
Time Remaining: 1d 18h 22m
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ANTIQUE MIGNON RAILROAD POCKET WATCH WARRANTED US ASSAY FWC CO HUNTER CASE
$36.00 (4 Bids)
Time Remaining: 1d 19h 42m
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VINTAGE HAMILTON RAILROAD 21J MODEL 992B 14K YGF POCKET WATCH
$165.50 (6 Bids)
Time Remaining: 1d 12h 32m
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Waltham 16s pocket watch Montgomery railroad parts repair double sunk DIAL
$11.38 (4 Bids)
Time Remaining: 2d 19h 12m
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1899 Hamilton RAILROAD GRADE Pocket Watch 17 Jewels in LIFT OUT CASE 18s Runs
$89.99 (8 Bids)
Time Remaining: 20h 16m
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Hamilton 992 Pocket Watch Railroad Grade 21 Jewel Lever Set
$65.66 (8 Bids)
Time Remaining: 22h 48m
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Sangamo Pocket Watch Movement missing dial Illinois Watch Co 21 Jewel Railroad
$42.00 (7 Bids)
Time Remaining: 1d 13h
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Antique 18K gold fancy elegant railroad pocket watch
$510.00 (26 Bids)
Time Remaining: 18h 28m
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Antique Hamilton 992 16s 21 jewel Rail Road pocket watch original Wadsworth case
$227.50 (16 Bids)
Time Remaining: 1d 18h 47m
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South Bend 227 Railroad Pocket Watch 16 Size 21 Jewels 10K Gold Filled REPAIR
$104.50 (26 Bids)
Time Remaining: 20h 15m
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1929 HAMILTON 21 Jewels 992 RAILROAD GRADE in ORIGINAL 10K Gold Filled Case 16
$167.50 (17 Bids)
Time Remaining: 19h 48m
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1909 Elgin 12s 15j Model 2 Keystone Silveroid Railroad Case
$20.00 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 4d 15h 50m
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1907 ELGIN 17 JEWEL RAILROAD POCKET WATCH
$30.00 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 2d 11h 3m
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Antique Star Watch Case Co Nickel Alloy 18s Swing out Railroad Case 80 grams
$4.25 (4 Bids)
Time Remaining: 1d 13h 52m
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VINTAGE HAMILTON RAILROAD MODEL 21J SILVEROID POCKET WATCH AS IS
$56.00 (2 Bids)
Time Remaining: 1d 11h 36m
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Vintage 1927 Elgin RAILROAD Pocket WATCH 10k GF Raymond 21 Jewel 16s
$215.00 (11 Bids)
Time Remaining: 3d 19h 53m
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Antique Elgin 18s Veritas 23 jewel Rail Road pocket watch Ruby jewels 1902
$382.00 (13 Bids)
Time Remaining: 1d 19h 7m
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Rare 1910 ILLINOIS Model 189 Railroad Grade 21J Pocket Watch Nice Running
$24.99 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 6d 20h 25m
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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.