Antique Railroad Grade Pocket Watches

Railroad grade pocket watches were built to conform to the General Railroad Timepiece Standards specifications, a set of technical requirements designed to ensure that train engineers and other rail company employees would carry timepieces that were accurate, reliable, and durable. The mass production of these precision pocket watches, many with interchangeable parts, movements, cases, and dials, was an amazing feat of industrial engineering at the time, and has left us with a legacy of wonderful pocket watches that keep very good time today. Here collectors can find all the great old American pocketwatches from Waltham, Elgin, Howard, Hamilton, Illinois and others, with a new collection of historic timepieces appearing daily.
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1896 BALL WATCH CO. CLEVELAND GOLD RAILROAD POCKET WATCH Double Roller L@@K! Bid Now »

1896 BALL WATCH CO. CLEVELAND GOLD RAILROAD POCKET WATCH Double Roller L@@K!

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18 SIZE ELGIN POCKET WATCH WITH A MASONIC DIAL HUNTER MOVEMENT Bid Now » Buy Now »

18 SIZE ELGIN POCKET WATCH WITH A MASONIC DIAL HUNTER MOVEMENT

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HAMILTON 992 950 THIRD WHEEL RAILROAD POCKET WATCH PARTS Buy Now »

HAMILTON 992 950 THIRD WHEEL RAILROAD POCKET WATCH PARTS

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Vintage Elgin 18 Size Pocket Watch Bid Now »

Vintage Elgin 18 Size Pocket Watch

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Antique Elgin Pocket Watch Bid Now »

Antique Elgin Pocket Watch

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HAMILTON 992 950 21J 16S UPPER JEWEL ASSEMBLY BALANCE COCK  POCKET WATCH PARTS Buy Now »

HAMILTON 992 950 21J 16S UPPER JEWEL ASSEMBLY BALANCE COCK POCKET WATCH PARTS

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HAMILTON 992 950 21J 16S LOWER JEWEL ASSEMBLY BALANCE COCK  POCKET WATCH PARTS Buy Now »

HAMILTON 992 950 21J 16S LOWER JEWEL ASSEMBLY BALANCE COCK POCKET WATCH PARTS

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Antique  Dial off 16S Waltham Pocket Watch Buy Now »

Antique Dial off 16S Waltham Pocket Watch

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Antique Dial off 18S Waltham Pocket Watch

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VINTAGE 18 SIZE WALTHAM SIDE WINDER GRADE 25 FANCY DAMASKEEN FROM 1888 Buy Now »

VINTAGE 18 SIZE WALTHAM SIDE WINDER GRADE 25 FANCY DAMASKEEN FROM 1888

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Antique 14K Solid Gold ELGIN  Pocket Watch,S12,17J, Hunter Case,RUN ! 64 Grams Buy Now »

Antique 14K Solid Gold ELGIN Pocket Watch,S12,17J, Hunter Case,RUN ! 64 Grams

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Antique  Dial off 18S Waltham Pocket Watch Buy Now »

Antique Dial off 18S Waltham Pocket Watch

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Antique  Dial off 16S Waltham Pocket Watch Buy Now »

Antique Dial off 16S Waltham Pocket Watch

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Antique Dial off 18S Waltham Pocket Watch

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Antique "Waltham" Hunter Case Pocket Watch Movement   N/R Bid Now »

Antique "Waltham" Hunter Case Pocket Watch Movement N/R

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VINTAGE ELGIN 17 JEWEL POCKETWATCH! Buy Now »

VINTAGE ELGIN 17 JEWEL POCKETWATCH!

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WALTHAM POCKET WATCH W/ 14K MULTI-COLOR CASE - SEASIDE MVMT. - DEER- RUNS! Buy Now »

WALTHAM POCKET WATCH W/ 14K MULTI-COLOR CASE - SEASIDE MVMT. - DEER- RUNS!

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VINTAGE Elgin Pocket Watch, 15 jewels, 14K GF with chain & knife ** For Repair * Bid Now »

VINTAGE Elgin Pocket Watch, 15 jewels, 14K GF with chain & knife ** For Repair *

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14K Waltham 17J "Ruby" Opera Pocket Watch- Solid 14K Gold ca. 1912 Buy Now »

14K Waltham 17J "Ruby" Opera Pocket Watch- Solid 14K Gold ca. 1912

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Elgin Grade 241 17 jewel Bid Now »

Elgin Grade 241 17 jewel

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Elgin "G.M. Wheeler" Bid Now »

Elgin "G.M. Wheeler"

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10 VINTAGE POCKET WATCH MOVEMENTS & DIALS ELGIN WALTHAM COLUMBIA LOT Bid Now »

10 VINTAGE POCKET WATCH MOVEMENTS & DIALS ELGIN WALTHAM COLUMBIA LOT

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WALTHAM Pat March 6 1888 Pocket Watch Movemtnt for repair Bid Now »

WALTHAM Pat March 6 1888 Pocket Watch Movemtnt for repair

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HAMILTON GF LEVER SET POCKET SKELETON BACK WATCH RUNNING FAST 21 JEWLES 50mm Buy Now »
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HAMILTON GF LEVER SET POCKET SKELETON BACK WATCH RUNNING FAST 21 JEWLES 50mm

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VINTAGE 16 SIZE WALTHAM MODEL 1872 HUNTING CASE POCKET WATCH MOVEMENT FOR REPAIR Buy Now »

VINTAGE 16 SIZE WALTHAM MODEL 1872 HUNTING CASE POCKET WATCH MOVEMENT FOR REPAIR

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Vintage Ladies Elgin 23 Jeweled Wristwatch Working Sterling Silver Back LDO 128 Bid Now »

Vintage Ladies Elgin 23 Jeweled Wristwatch Working Sterling Silver Back LDO 128

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24 VINTAGE POCKET WATCH MOVEMENTS & DIALS ELGIN WALTHAM ILLINOIS HAMPDEN ROCKFOR Bid Now »

24 VINTAGE POCKET WATCH MOVEMENTS & DIALS ELGIN WALTHAM ILLINOIS HAMPDEN ROCKFOR

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Vintage Womans Hamilton Watch 2.3 Q Dimonds 10 Kt Gold From 1948 Buy Now »

Vintage Womans Hamilton Watch 2.3 Q Dimonds 10 Kt Gold From 1948

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Wrangler Railroad Pocket Watch  New Buy Now »

Wrangler Railroad Pocket Watch New

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Hamilton pocket watch Bid Now » Buy Now »

Hamilton pocket watch

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Antique Pocket Watch Elgin Porcelain Dial Lithograph The Last Supper Jesus Mary Buy Now »

Antique Pocket Watch Elgin Porcelain Dial Lithograph The Last Supper Jesus Mary

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Waltham pocket watch Bid Now »

Waltham pocket watch

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Waltham pocket watch Bid Now »

Waltham pocket watch

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MENS E. HOWARD WATCH Co. BOSTON KEYSTONE 17 JEWELS POCKET WATCH 44mm Buy Now »
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MENS E. HOWARD WATCH Co. BOSTON KEYSTONE 17 JEWELS POCKET WATCH 44mm

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Elgin pocket watch Bid Now »

Elgin pocket watch

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16 Size Pocket Watch Bow 14k Rose Hamilton PLate ONE PIECE in This Listing Buy Now »

16 Size Pocket Watch Bow 14k Rose Hamilton PLate ONE PIECE in This Listing

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Hamilton 974 16S 17J OF Model 1 Pocket Watch Bid Now »

Hamilton 974 16S 17J OF Model 1 Pocket Watch

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MIB Hampden Presentation watch. "APWU" Date Just  .g/p Vintage 1920-1970 W/ box Bid Now » Buy Now »

MIB Hampden Presentation watch. "APWU" Date Just .g/p Vintage 1920-1970 W/ box

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Antique 14K 15 Jeweled Elgin Ladies Wristwatch Working LDO 132 Bid Now »

Antique 14K 15 Jeweled Elgin Ladies Wristwatch Working LDO 132

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Working Art Deco 1920s Elgin 12s Minty Case Open Face Pocket Watch Bid Now »

Working Art Deco 1920s Elgin 12s Minty Case Open Face Pocket Watch

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Hampden Pocket Watch Bid Now » Buy Now »

Hampden Pocket Watch

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 Hamilton  973  pocket watch movement  17 Jewel  Nice  Bid Now »

Hamilton 973 pocket watch movement 17 Jewel Nice

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16 Size Pocket Watch Bows 14k Yellow Hamilton PLate TEN PIECES in This Listing Buy Now »

16 Size Pocket Watch Bows 14k Yellow Hamilton PLate TEN PIECES in This Listing

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Illinois - Springfield 17 Jewels pocket watch, with Keystone extra GF case. Bid Now » Buy Now »
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Illinois - Springfield 17 Jewels pocket watch, with Keystone extra GF case.

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21 Jewel 18 size Waltham vanguard In Near Mint GF Case, Pocket Watch Bid Now »

21 Jewel 18 size Waltham vanguard In Near Mint GF Case, Pocket Watch

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Antique/Vintage 14K Hamilton Ladies Wristwatch White Gold Small Diamonds LDO 136 Bid Now »

Antique/Vintage 14K Hamilton Ladies Wristwatch White Gold Small Diamonds LDO 136

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Elgin Pocket Watch w/ engraved cable car/trolley on back Bid Now »

Elgin Pocket Watch w/ engraved cable car/trolley on back

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VINTAGE 16 SIZE ELGIN POCKET WATCH GRADE 574 FROM 1948 FOR REPAIRS Buy Now »

VINTAGE 16 SIZE ELGIN POCKET WATCH GRADE 574 FROM 1948 FOR REPAIRS

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Some sources of information on the history of railroad grade pocket watches and other topics of interest to watch and clock collectors and horology enthusiasts.

The place to start is Horology - The Index, the website of the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors, or NAWCC. There you can find horological organizations, information on horological science and the development of timekeeping devices, and useful tips on antique pocket watch repair and restoration as well as buying, selling, appraisal and collecting antique watches and clocks. They also have a very nice virtual watch and clock museum tour with all kinds of interesting horological information and pictures.

To get a quick overview of the development of portable timepieces, from clock-watches of the 16th century to the railroad grade pocket watches of the late 19th century, see wiki's watch page.

To find definitions of words used for the various parts of watch movements and other technical terms used in horology, see Barry Goldberg's watch information page.

If you would like to understand the intricacies of how things like balance wheels and lever escapements work, check out The Horologium.

Some interesting perspectives from noted collectors of antique pocket watches:

Tom McIntyre talks about collecting American Watch Co. products of the Waltham Watch Company, including lots of historical details about watch companies, watch movements, and informed antique "railroad" watch collecting.

Vintage watch and clock expert Jonathan Snellenburg talks about the societal forces driving watch and clock technology and the historic cultural changes that resulted from better timepieces, as well as technical details of the progression from the verge escapement through pocket watches to wrist watches.

Horologist Barry S. Goldberg gives advice on collecting antique American made pocket watches, including great tips for beginners on things like gold-filled and silveride cases, two tone watch movements, and how the original authenticity of railroad grade pocketwatches can be compromised.

The Ohio jeweler and watchmaker Webb Ball led the commission that established the General Railroad Timepiece Standards, standardizing railroad chronometer specifications.

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