In this section, you will find our vintage pocket watches that are considered "railroad grade. These guidelines, which specified the criteria for a railroad-grade watch, were prepared by Webb C. To be a railroad grade watch, the following criteria must be met: be 16S or 18S have 17 or more jewels be lever set be in an open face case be adjusted to 5 or more positions have easily-legible Arabic dial numerals For further information, examples, photos, and notes on how to wear our various styles of watches and watch accessories, please visit our How-To-Wear Guide. Elgin 16S 19J LS adj. HP - This item is currently for sale at our Etsy Store. Elgin 16S 23J adj.
Pocket Watch Identification and Value Guide
Antique Pocket Watch Value Photo Guide
Use of original railroad standard pocket watches by museum docents and others in railroad operations can be an important part of interpreting railroad history. The first consideration, however, is the safety and preservation of original artifacts. Reliable time keeping is equally important. An antique railroad or other jeweled watch is delicate and requires care and regular maintenance to avoid damage, ensure reliable timekeeping, and to preserve it for the future. Here are a few guidelines:. When selecting an original watch for museum railroad service it is best to keep in mind that as railroad technology changed, railroad watch technology did too, and railroad standard watch requirements followed the changing technology. As diesels began to replace steam locomotives during the mid's, the watch manufactures introduced upgraded model watches to include non-magnetic balance parts to ensure reliability with diesel locomotives.
Antique Illinois Pocket Watches
There are other lesser known brands that are popular with collectors as well. In excellent condition, it was auctioned with the original Patek Philippe presentation box. Patek Philippe watches of all types are often passed from generation to generation as family heirlooms and are highly prized by collectors.
Upgrading expensive mechanical devices is a centuries-old concept that prevents premature obsolescence as times change. In the American Wild West of the 19th century, black powder revolvers were commonly converted to shoot modern cartridges, forgoing the need to replace a vital necessity. Cameras are another example, such as early 20th-century screw-mount Leica rangefinders. Products like these were designed to last decades or even a century, so modification at a fraction of the cost of replacement made perfect sense, not to mention the preservation of coveted possessions.