Railroad Watches for Sale, Page 1
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590c. Waltham Crescent St. Wind Indicator 21 Jewel Railroad Pocket Watch.
This Waltham Crescent St. railroad watch is 16 size (case diameter 51 mm). The movement is marked Crescent St., with 21 jewels, raised gold jewel settings, gold center wheel, and is marked "Adjusted 5 Positions" as required for railroad service. The movement condition is very good with a few scratches beneath Waltham. The serial number puts production of this watch at about 1915.

This watch is in a very nice J. Boss Railroad case. The case is gold filled and has almost no brass. If you look closely, the high points of the coin edge around the back and bezel show a little brass, but overall, this is a very nice and way above average case. This case is a bit younger than the movement so this is probably a recase.

The original, double sunk dial is porcelain, Montgomery style, and has bold hands. The dial has NO chips, and NO hairlines. NICE dial!

This scarce watch has the wind indicator function that indicates the status of the mainspring. The overwhelming majority of Waltham wind indicator watches in 16 size were the 23 jewel Vanguard models. The Cresent St. indicator is MUCH scarcer! $1249

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584c. Illinois Sangamo Special, 23 Jewel Railroad Pocket Watch.
This highest grade Illinois railroad watch is 17 size (case diameter 51 mm). The movement is a marked Sangamo Special with red lettering and is a Model 13. This Sangamo is lever set, with 23 jewels, gold jewel settings, gold train, jeweled motor barrel, and understated damaskeening. This is marked Adjusted Temp. and 6 Positions as was required for railroad service. The condition of this movement is about perfect. I see no problems. This watch dates to about 1925.

This Sangamo is cased in the original factory white gold filled, rigid bow case. The case is EXCELLENT, and does not have any flaking of the gold plate which is so common on this case This case has NO brass, even on the bow. Super case.

The dial is double-sunk porcelain and has bold numerals and hands. The dial has NO chips, and NO hailines!

Normally I would keep a watch this scarce in such good condition, but I have the same watch in 14k solid white, so I don't need both...... $1499

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574c. Hamilton 23 Jewel Railway Special Model 950B!
This highest grade Hamilton is 16 size (case diameter 50 mm). The movement is a marked grade 950B, the highest grade made by Hamilton and possibly the finest mass-produced, mechanical timepiece ever made. This 950B is lever set, with 23 jewels, gold jewel settings, jeweled barrel wheel, and understated diagonal damaskeening. This has the Elinvar Extra hairspring which was one of the most important timekeeping advances of the 20th century. The condition of this movement is simply excellent.

This Hamilton Railway Special is cased in the original and correct Hamilton marked case. The case is gold filled and is referred to as the Model A case. The case condition is excellent with only light even wear. Now, on the bezel a few of the small rounded protruberances do have a tiny spot of brass showing. This is almost always found on this particular case style, even on cases like this that have very little wear overall.

The dial for this 950B is porcelain and marked "Hamilton 23 Jewels Railway Special". The dial has bold boxcar numerals with RR track ring, and matching original bold hands. The dial has NO chips, and NO hailines! I don't know how a dial could be any nicer!

This fine timepiece was made in about 1950. $849

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589c. Hamilton 992B U. S. Military, WWII Railroad Pocket Watch.
This Hamilton 992B railroad watch is 16 size (case diameter 52 mm). The movement is a marked 992B, with 21 jewels, gold jewel settings, gold center wheel, and is marked "Adj. Temp and 6 Positions" as required for railroad service. This correct military movement is also marked "U. S. GOVT." as is correct. The movement condition is excellent with just the lightest and faintest of handling marks.

This WWII military watch is in the correct original marked case. The case is nickel or chrome plated and thin due to wartime demand for those metals, but even so, this case has relatively light wear and some even light scratching.

The original dial is porcelain, Montgomery style, and has bold hands. The dial has NO chips, and has only a single super-short hairline bettween the center hold and the seconds bit. NICE dial!

These watches were made by Hamilton for the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers for use in railway service by the U. S. Army. I don't know total production, but they are relatively scarce and even more so in completely original condition like this. The serial number puts production of this watch at 1943-1944. SOLD

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580c. Elgin 21 Jewel Father Time Railroad Pocket Watch.
This Elgin railroad watch is 16 size (case diameter 49 mm). The movement is a Father Time and is a grade 454 according to the serial number. This Father Time is lever set, with 21 jewels, gold jewel settings, gold train, and fancy damaskeening. This is marked Adjusted 5 Positions as was required for railroad service. The condition of this movement is very nice. There is a little mottling on the barrel wheel. Also, note a missing jewel screw on the center wheel - I have put a correct screw in that hole, so that is no longer a problem.

This Father Time is cased in a bulldog style, Elgin marked case. The case is pale green, rolled gold plate and is in excellent condition with virtually no wear. Now, the bezel is a little touchy to screw on and off. It is not stripped, but it needs a delicate touch. I don't have much trouble with it, but I've screwed bezels on an off many thousands of times, so I have tricks. Regardless, be patient and don't force it. Now, although this is a genunie Elgin case, it is a 1920's or 1930s style case, and is a little too young for this movement, which dates to about 1918, so I do think this is a recase. I don't care, personally, because I like this case so much.

The dial for this is double-sunk porcelain and has bold numerals and hands. The dial has NO chips, and NO hailines! $329

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763B. Elgin Grade 270, 21 Jewel, 3 Finger Bridge Railroad Pocket Watch
This Elgin railroad watch is 16 size (case diameter 50 mm). The movement has 21 jewels, gold jewel settings, gilt train, and is marked No. 270 and adjusted. The movement is the three finger bridge model and has the early fancy damaskeening, even on the underside of the dial plate.

The original porcelain dial is double sunk and excellent with a hairline on the outer chapter at 11, and below the seconds bit. Excellent matching hands.

The case is Fahys Montauk, Guaranteed 20 Years, and marked R.R. The case is screw back and screw bezel with no brass or dents.

This is one of the scarcer and more attractive Elgin RR models. Watch runs strong and was recently serviced. $295

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935c. Illinois Bunn Special 21 Jewel Railroad Pocket Watch.
This Illinois railroad watch is 16 size (case diameter 50 mm). The movement is marked Bunn Special, with 21 jewels, raised gold jewel settings, gold center wheel, and is marked "Adjusted Temp. and 6 Positions" as required for railroad service. Themovement condition is exceptionally nice - I see no flaws.

This watch is in the original "Bunn Special Model" railroad case. The case is pink gold filled with moderate wear, and has a ring of brass along the back edge, bezel, crown, and on the bow. The back has some extremely faint waves. This is an honest, original case that has been carried a fair bit. Most railroad pocket watches were working watches and were carried 6 or 7 days a week. This is one.

The original, double sunk dial is porcelain and has correct plum-colored hands and bold numerals both correct for the time period. The dial has NO chips, and NO hairlines. NICE dial!

This watch was made in about 1924. $289

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