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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E HOWARD WATCH CO BOSTON VINTAGE WATCH DIAL Buy Now »

E HOWARD WATCH CO BOSTON VINTAGE WATCH DIAL

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16s American Waltham Watch Co. Waterfowl Mallard Geese Scene Pocket Watch Dial Buy Now »

16s American Waltham Watch Co. Waterfowl Mallard Geese Scene Pocket Watch Dial

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16s Hamilton Watch Co. Casino Carson City Deck of Cards Pocket Watch Dial Buy Now »

16s Hamilton Watch Co. Casino Carson City Deck of Cards Pocket Watch Dial

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VINTAGE 12 SIZE WALTHAM POCKET WATCH GRADE 230 FROM 1908 RUNNING Buy Now »

VINTAGE 12 SIZE WALTHAM POCKET WATCH GRADE 230 FROM 1908 RUNNING

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  • Item Location: Grand Island, NY, USA ZIP 14072
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16s Elgin National Watch Co. Country Farm Barn & Geese Scene Pocket Watch Dial Buy Now »

16s Elgin National Watch Co. Country Farm Barn & Geese Scene Pocket Watch Dial

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VINTAGE 16 SIZE HAMILTON OPEN FACE POCKET WATCH GRADE 956 KEEPING TIME Buy Now »

VINTAGE 16 SIZE HAMILTON OPEN FACE POCKET WATCH GRADE 956 KEEPING TIME

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Ball official standard RR watch company Cleveland pocket watch Bid Now »

Ball official standard RR watch company Cleveland pocket watch

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Antique Waltham B&M railroad watch, works fine, Hand winding. A rarity... Bid Now » Buy Now »

Antique Waltham B&M railroad watch, works fine, Hand winding. A rarity...

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VINTAGE WALTHAM TRI COLOR HUNTING CASE POCKET WATCH CIRCA 1893 Bid Now »

VINTAGE WALTHAM TRI COLOR HUNTING CASE POCKET WATCH CIRCA 1893

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DC359 Vintage Elgin Pocket watch Buy Now »

DC359 Vintage Elgin Pocket watch

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Vintage Burlington 21J pocket watch. Open face 12 sz.14K Gold strata 25 yr case. Buy Now »

Vintage Burlington 21J pocket watch. Open face 12 sz.14K Gold strata 25 yr case.

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16 size hamilton military cases and parts pocket watch cases Bid Now »

16 size hamilton military cases and parts pocket watch cases

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Elgin 17 Jewels Pocket Watch Bid Now »

Elgin 17 Jewels Pocket Watch

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Vintage Waltham 21 Jewels  Gold Plated Pocket Watch Bid Now »

Vintage Waltham 21 Jewels Gold Plated Pocket Watch

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ELGIN  NATIONAL  WATCH CO.   POCKET WATCH   SIZE  18 Bid Now » Buy Now »

ELGIN NATIONAL WATCH CO. POCKET WATCH SIZE 18

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Vintage Elgin Watch w/chain + Arnex 17 Jewel Watch + Pin- Pewter Hand Engraved Bid Now »

Vintage Elgin Watch w/chain + Arnex 17 Jewel Watch + Pin- Pewter Hand Engraved

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ANTIQUE RAILROAD SILVERODE NEW YORK POCKET WATCH 7 JEWELS "WORKS PERFECT" Buy Now »

ANTIQUE RAILROAD SILVERODE NEW YORK POCKET WATCH 7 JEWELS "WORKS PERFECT"

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Antique Illinois Springfield 17 Jewel 14k Gold Filled Watch Bid Now »

Antique Illinois Springfield 17 Jewel 14k Gold Filled Watch

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Hamilton 950 E Pocket Watch 23 Jewels Buy Now »

Hamilton 950 E Pocket Watch 23 Jewels

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17 JEWEL ANTIQUE 1924 WALTHAM 10KT GOLD FILLED POCKET WATCH WORKS FANATASTI Bid Now »

17 JEWEL ANTIQUE 1924 WALTHAM 10KT GOLD FILLED POCKET WATCH WORKS FANATASTI

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Antique Elgin Pocket Watch Bid Now »

Antique Elgin Pocket Watch

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Antique Waltham  Pocket Watch Bid Now »

Antique Waltham Pocket Watch

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Antique Elgin  Pocket Watch Bid Now »

Antique Elgin Pocket Watch

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Antique 18s Waltham Model 1892 Pocket Watch Bid Now »

Antique 18s Waltham Model 1892 Pocket Watch

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Antique Hamilton 940  Pocket Watch Bid Now »

Antique Hamilton 940 Pocket Watch

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Antique Waltham Unique Gentleman's Pocket Watch Bid Now »

Antique Waltham Unique Gentleman's Pocket Watch

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Antique  Elgin Timer/Stopwatch Bid Now »

Antique Elgin Timer/Stopwatch

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Antique Illinois  Pocket Watch Bid Now »

Antique Illinois Pocket Watch

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DC365 Vintage Elgin  Pocket watch movement Buy Now »

DC365 Vintage Elgin Pocket watch movement

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Hamilton 23 Jewels Railway Special 950 E Pocket Watch Buy Now »

Hamilton 23 Jewels Railway Special 950 E Pocket Watch

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ELGIN  NATIONAL  WATCH CO.  B.W. RAYMOND  POCKET WATCH    SIZE 16  19 JEWELS Bid Now » Buy Now »

ELGIN NATIONAL WATCH CO. B.W. RAYMOND POCKET WATCH SIZE 16 19 JEWELS

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VINTAGE 16 SIZE ELGIN SIDEWINDER POCKET WATCH GRAQDE 312 FROM 1907 Buy Now »

VINTAGE 16 SIZE ELGIN SIDEWINDER POCKET WATCH GRAQDE 312 FROM 1907

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  • Item Condition: Pre-owned
  • Item Location: Grand Island, NY, USA ZIP 14072
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 Antique Elgin Pocket Watch 15 jewel American Metal Case By DeFiance Bid Now »

Antique Elgin Pocket Watch 15 jewel American Metal Case By DeFiance

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1949 Hamilton Railway Special 992B 21J Boxcar Dial Ready to Use RR 16S Mod 15 SS Buy Now »

1949 Hamilton Railway Special 992B 21J Boxcar Dial Ready to Use RR 16S Mod 15 SS

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U.S. Elgin Antique Ladies Fob-Watch C-1903 O-Size 7 Jewel 14k.Gold/F?? Hunter Bid Now »

U.S. Elgin Antique Ladies Fob-Watch C-1903 O-Size 7 Jewel 14k.Gold/F?? Hunter

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Illinois? Aurora? 18s Balance assembly w good staff Bid Now »

Illinois? Aurora? 18s Balance assembly w good staff

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Elgin 14kt Gold Pocket Watch Rare Collectible Bid Now »

Elgin 14kt Gold Pocket Watch Rare Collectible

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Illinois Stewart 17 Jewels Pocket Watch Works 3036527 Bid Now »

Illinois Stewart 17 Jewels Pocket Watch Works 3036527

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RARE Waltham 18s 19J MOD 1892LS HC w very rare HC to OF conversion dial runbl Buy Now »
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RARE Waltham 18s 19J MOD 1892LS HC w very rare HC to OF conversion dial runbl

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25221918 Vintage Antique Elgin Gold Filled Pocket Watch Ramona NICE!!! Buy Now »

25221918 Vintage Antique Elgin Gold Filled Pocket Watch Ramona NICE!!!

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1939 Hamilton 950 Elinvar Pocket Watch, amazing condition, see pictures Buy Now »

1939 Hamilton 950 Elinvar Pocket Watch, amazing condition, see pictures

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VINTAGE 16 SIZE ELGIN SIDEWINDER POCKET WATCH GRADE 290 FROM 1913 Buy Now »

VINTAGE 16 SIZE ELGIN SIDEWINDER POCKET WATCH GRADE 290 FROM 1913

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  • Item Condition: Pre-owned
  • Item Location: Grand Island, NY, USA ZIP 14072
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 ELGIN  17 Jewel Open Face Swiss Made Pocket Watch Bid Now »

ELGIN 17 Jewel Open Face Swiss Made Pocket Watch

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VINTAGE ELGIN POCKET WATCH GOLD FILLED HUNTER CASE Guaranteed 20 Years - WORKS Bid Now »

VINTAGE ELGIN POCKET WATCH GOLD FILLED HUNTER CASE Guaranteed 20 Years - WORKS

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waltham pocket watch serial #12209225  not working no crystal missing hands  Buy Now »

waltham pocket watch serial #12209225 not working no crystal missing hands

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Hamilton Pocket Watch 992 Elinvar 21 Jewels, high quality, see pictures Buy Now »

Hamilton Pocket Watch 992 Elinvar 21 Jewels, high quality, see pictures

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vintage Elgin pocket watch 12s 17j 25yr. gf Bid Now »

vintage Elgin pocket watch 12s 17j 25yr. gf

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HAMPDEN LEVER SET POCKET WATCH 608543 DUBER COIN CASE 1986640 RUNS Bid Now »

HAMPDEN LEVER SET POCKET WATCH 608543 DUBER COIN CASE 1986640 RUNS

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VINTAGE 12 SIZE ELGIN POCKET WATCH GRADE 345 FROM 1924 RUNNING Buy Now »

VINTAGE 12 SIZE ELGIN POCKET WATCH GRADE 345 FROM 1924 RUNNING

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  • Item Condition: Pre-owned
  • Item Location: Grand Island, NY, USA ZIP 14072
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VINTAGE 8 SIZE WALTHAM ROYAL HUNTING CASE POCKET WATCH MOVEMENT FOR REPAIR Buy Now »

VINTAGE 8 SIZE WALTHAM ROYAL HUNTING CASE POCKET WATCH MOVEMENT FOR REPAIR

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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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