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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Elgin Nat'l Watch Co Pocket Watch ~Open Face~ Silverode Buy Now »
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Elgin Nat'l Watch Co Pocket Watch ~ Open Face ~ Silverode

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Illinois Bunn Special Bid Now »

Illinois Bunn Special

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Vintage Waltham Main Springs Tin Buy Now »

Vintage Waltham Main Springs Tin

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A W W Co Waltham Mass Ma Pocketwatch Watch 14K Gold ROY 442295 Bid Now »

A W W Co Waltham Mass Ma Pocketwatch Watch 14K Gold ROY 442295

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Waltham 1883 Size 18 7 Jewel Open Face Pocket Watch  Bid Now »

Waltham 1883 Size 18 7 Jewel Open Face Pocket Watch

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GREAT Vtg 1 3/4" J BOSS WALTHAM 17 Jewel Pocket Watch Buy Now »

GREAT Vtg 1 3/4" J BOSS WALTHAM 17 Jewel Pocket Watch

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VINTAGE 16 SIZE ELGIN 19J B.W RAYMOND POCKET WATCH MOVEMENT FROM 1920 FOR REPAIR Buy Now »

VINTAGE 16 SIZE ELGIN 19J B.W RAYMOND POCKET WATCH MOVEMENT FROM 1920 FOR REPAIR

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Antique Ladies 14K,16 size, 19 jewel, Waltham Colonial Pocket Watch Bid Now » Buy Now »

Antique Ladies 14K,16 size, 19 jewel, Waltham Colonial Pocket Watch

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American Waltham Watch Co. full hunter sz.18,15j, 14kgf. BEAUTY Bid Now » Buy Now »

American Waltham Watch Co. full hunter sz.18,15j, 14kgf. BEAUTY

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1904 ELGIN 18S POCKET WATCH 7J SIDE-WIND RUNNING STRONG KEEPING EXCELLENT TIME Bid Now »

1904 ELGIN 18S POCKET WATCH 7J SIDE-WIND RUNNING STRONG KEEPING EXCELLENT TIME

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HAMPDEN POCKET WATCH 18 SIZE 15J MODEL 3 VINTAGE 1903 STERLING SILVER CASE Bid Now » Buy Now »

HAMPDEN POCKET WATCH 18 SIZE 15J MODEL 3 VINTAGE 1903 STERLING SILVER CASE

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ELGIN POCKET WATCH  16 SIZE 7 JEWEL GRADE 211 MODEL 7 VINTAGE 1904 Bid Now »

ELGIN POCKET WATCH 16 SIZE 7 JEWEL GRADE 211 MODEL 7 VINTAGE 1904

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Beautiful Antique 1906 Waltham Model 1883 Grade 85 17j Pocket Watch Bid Now »

Beautiful Antique 1906 Waltham Model 1883 Grade 85 17j Pocket Watch

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Vintage 1920's  Elgin American ART DECO Silver Niello Hunting Case Pocket Watch Buy Now »
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Vintage 1920's Elgin American ART DECO Silver Niello Hunting Case Pocket Watch

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1880s-1920s Waltham 14K Yellow Gold Full Hunter Case Pocket Watch Bid Now »

1880s-1920s Waltham 14K Yellow Gold Full Hunter Case Pocket Watch

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 Waltham 15 J Adj. 5P SW/PS OF Sz. 18 Hamilton Case Open Face Back Pocket Watch Bid Now »

Waltham 15 J Adj. 5P SW/PS OF Sz. 18 Hamilton Case Open Face Back Pocket Watch

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Illinois Watch Co 21 Jewel Pocket Watch Bid Now »

Illinois Watch Co 21 Jewel Pocket Watch

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Elgin Natl Watch Co 17J Adjusted Pocket Watch--$99.17-- Bid Now »

Elgin Natl Watch Co 17J Adjusted Pocket Watch--$99.17--

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Silver case Elgin Natl Watch Co 24 hr dial Pocket Watch --$89.05-RETIREMENT SALE Bid Now »

Silver case Elgin Natl Watch Co 24 hr dial Pocket Watch --$89.05-RETIREMENT SALE

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KWKS Rare EARLY Madison Model Illinois Springfield --$199.05-- Silver case Bid Now »

KWKS Rare EARLY Madison Model Illinois Springfield --$199.05-- Silver case

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Waltham Pocket Watch Illinois Elgin Spartan Case Buy Now »

Waltham Pocket Watch Illinois Elgin Spartan Case

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Waltham P.S. Bartlett 17 j Adjusted--$49.05--RETIREMENT SALE Bid Now »

Waltham P.S. Bartlett 17 j Adjusted--$49.05--RETIREMENT SALE

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Beautiful 1898 Dueber Hampden model 3 Gold Filled 15J size 18s Pocket Watch Bid Now »

Beautiful 1898 Dueber Hampden model 3 Gold Filled 15J size 18s Pocket Watch

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 RARE 23 Jewel Illinois  Sangamo $487.05--RETIREMENT SALE Bid Now »

RARE 23 Jewel Illinois Sangamo $487.05--RETIREMENT SALE

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HAMILTON  17 JEWELS --$99.05--18S OF MODEL 926 RETIREMENT SALE Bid Now »

HAMILTON 17 JEWELS --$99.05--18S OF MODEL 926 RETIREMENT SALE

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RARE AURORA ILLINOIS FROM  1885 11 JEWELS Bid Now »

RARE AURORA ILLINOIS FROM 1885 11 JEWELS

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HAMILTON 21 JEWELS 940 Bid Now »

HAMILTON 21 JEWELS 940

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BURLINGTON RAIROAD 21 JEWELS Bid Now »

BURLINGTON RAIROAD 21 JEWELS

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HAMILTON POCKET WATCH - RUNNING - NICE CASE - CANADIAN DIAL- 21J - 992B Bid Now »

HAMILTON POCKET WATCH - RUNNING - NICE CASE - CANADIAN DIAL- 21J - 992B

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1927 Elgin 29803124 G291 M7 16s 7s 3/4 plate Pocket Watch  Free shipping! Bid Now »
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1927 Elgin 29803124 G291 M7 16s 7s 3/4 plate Pocket Watch Free shipping!

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1887 Elgin SW 2223768 G66 M1 6s 15j Lever set 3/4plate Runs, sets, Pocket Watch Bid Now »
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1887 Elgin SW 2223768 G66 M1 6s 15j Lever set 3/4plate Runs, sets, Pocket Watch

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1908 Waltham G No.115 M1900 0s 15j 3/4plate  Openface Pocket Watch Free ship Bid Now »
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1908 Waltham G No.115 M1900 0s 15j 3/4plate Openface Pocket Watch Free ship

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1906 Waltham 14865226 G No.165 M1907 0s 15j Hunting Pocket Watch Free Ship Bid Now »
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1906 Waltham 14865226 G No.165 M1907 0s 15j Hunting Pocket Watch Free Ship

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1885 Hampden Dueber 1700791 G6 M2 18s 7j Lever set Pocket Watch Running Bid Now »
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1885 Hampden Dueber 1700791 G6 M2 18s 7j Lever set Pocket Watch Running

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1902 Waltham Seaside11282914  M1890 6s 15j Hunting Pocket Watch Free shipping! Bid Now »
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1902 Waltham Seaside11282914 M1890 6s 15j Hunting Pocket Watch Free shipping!

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1919 Hampden 3555804 No.306 15j 12s 3/4 plate Pocket Watch Running Bid Now »
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1919 Hampden 3555804 No.306 15j 12s 3/4 plate Pocket Watch Running

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LORD ELGIN S&W WATCH NOT RUNNING 14KT GOLD CASE BY ELGIN NATIONAL WATCH CO. Bid Now »

LORD ELGIN S&W WATCH NOT RUNNING 14KT GOLD CASE BY ELGIN NATIONAL WATCH CO.

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Hamilton 924 17J 18S Swing-out Lever Set Open Face Runs Great/Looks Great! PL Bid Now »

Hamilton 924 17J 18S Swing-out Lever Set Open Face Runs Great/Looks Great! PL

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waltham hunter  case pocket watch Bid Now »

waltham hunter case pocket watch

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A.W.W. Co. Waltham Pocket Watch With A.L.D. Sterling Silver Case&Chain/24007668 Bid Now »
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A.W.W. Co. Waltham Pocket Watch With A.L.D. Sterling Silver Case&Chain/24007668

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Elgin 1901 Running Pocket Watch 18s 7 Jewel Silverine Mechanical, USA Excellent Bid Now » Buy Now »

Elgin 1901 Running Pocket Watch 18s 7 Jewel Silverine Mechanical, USA Excellent

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Waltham Pocket Watch Bid Now »
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Waltham Pocket Watch

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1915 Elgin 12s 17J Grade 344 Pocket Watch 10 Yr GF Case Philadelphia Ready 2 Use Buy Now »

1915 Elgin 12s 17J Grade 344 Pocket Watch 10 Yr GF Case Philadelphia Ready 2 Use

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ANTIQUE ELGIN NATIONAL WATCH CO.U.S.A. HUNTER CASE POCKET WATCH Buy Now »

ANTIQUE ELGIN NATIONAL WATCH CO.U.S.A. HUNTER CASE POCKET WATCH

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vintage hampden watch Bid Now »

vintage hampden watch

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 16S WALTHAM GRADE 20 7 JEWEL MOVEMENT running Bid Now »

16S WALTHAM GRADE 20 7 JEWEL MOVEMENT running

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ANTIQUE WALTHAM 15 JEWEL POCKET WATCH Buy Now »

ANTIQUE WALTHAM 15 JEWEL POCKET WATCH

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VINTAGE 16S WALTHAM TRAVELER OPEN FACE POCKET WATCH MOVEMENT FROM 1912 Buy Now »

VINTAGE 16S WALTHAM TRAVELER OPEN FACE POCKET WATCH MOVEMENT FROM 1912

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WALTHAM 1891 Pocket Watch Manual GOld Filled Bid Now »

WALTHAM 1891 Pocket Watch Manual GOld Filled

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Seth Thomas 11 J Sz. 18 SW/LS Grade 56 14K GF Box Hinge Pocket Watch-Not Running Bid Now »

Seth Thomas 11 J Sz. 18 SW/LS Grade 56 14K GF Box Hinge Pocket Watch-Not Running

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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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