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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Burlington Lever Set Pocket Watch 21 Jewel Buy Now »

Burlington Lever Set Pocket Watch 21 Jewel

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VINTAGE 34.5MM SETH THOMAS HUNTING CASE POCKETWATCH MOVEMENT Buy Now »
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Burlington pocket watch Railroad Watch rolled plate 1920, 21 jewels 12s running Buy Now »
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Burlington pocket watch Railroad Watch rolled plate 1920, 21 jewels 12s running

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E. Howard pocket watch 17 Jewels White Gold Filled Pocket Watch running Buy Now »
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VINTAGE 6 SIZE ELGIN HUNTING CASE POCKET WATCH GRADE 295 FANCY DIAL FROM 1904 Buy Now »
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VINTAGE 6 SIZE ELGIN HUNTING CASE POCKET WATCH GRADE 295 FANCY DIAL FROM 1904

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Elgin 14K Hunter Case Pocket Watch Original Genuine Vintage 15 Jewel  Grade 267 Buy Now »

Elgin 14K Hunter Case Pocket Watch Original Genuine Vintage 15 Jewel Grade 267

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Antique Elgin 18s 15j Pocket Watch in a B&B Royal Case for Repair out of Estate! Buy Now »

Antique Elgin 18s 15j Pocket Watch in a B&B Royal Case for Repair out of Estate!

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Dueber Hampden Watch Case Screws flat 3/4 Head 18 size Buy Now »

Dueber Hampden Watch Case Screws flat 3/4 Head 18 size

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Hamilton G.C.T. Military Pocket Watch / Air Corp Pilot / Tank Commander / Buy Now »

Hamilton G.C.T. Military Pocket Watch / Air Corp Pilot / Tank Commander /

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Running Elgin B.W. Raymond Grade 478 Model 15 21J Pocket Watch 12k Filled Case Buy Now »

Running Elgin B.W. Raymond Grade 478 Model 15 21J Pocket Watch 12k Filled Case

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Antique 1925 Elgin 16s 15j Pocket Watch w/ Philadelphia Case for Restoration! Buy Now »

Antique 1925 Elgin 16s 15j Pocket Watch w/ Philadelphia Case for Restoration!

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An Antique Elgin 14K Gold Filled Pocket Watch Buy Now »
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1920'S Elgin 15 Jewel Gold Plated 25 yr Union Case  No 32517726 Pocket Watch Buy Now »

1920'S Elgin 15 Jewel Gold Plated 25 yr Union Case No 32517726 Pocket Watch

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Elgin 14K White Gold Octagon Open Face Pocket Watch. Buy Now »

Elgin 14K White Gold Octagon Open Face Pocket Watch.

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Waltham Art Deco Pocket Watch Buy Now »

Waltham Art Deco Pocket Watch

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VINTAGE 18 SIZE ELGIN 3 OZ COIN SILVER HUNTING CASE POCKET WATCH GRADE 13 Buy Now »
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ANTIQUE c. 1894 WALTHAM POCKET WATCH w/ YELLOW LENS + NOT WORKING Buy Now »

ANTIQUE c. 1894 WALTHAM POCKET WATCH w/ YELLOW LENS + NOT WORKING

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ELGIN POCKET WATCH  6 SIZE  H/C RUNNING IN NICE CONDITION Buy Now »

ELGIN POCKET WATCH 6 SIZE H/C RUNNING IN NICE CONDITION

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3 HAMILTON 16 SIZE #504 RATCHET WHEEL SCREW NEW OLD STOCK           AA-11 Buy Now »

3 HAMILTON 16 SIZE #504 RATCHET WHEEL SCREW NEW OLD STOCK AA-11

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1914 BURLINGTON SPECIAL 19J OPEN FACE POCKET WATCH - WORKS / RUNS Buy Now »

1914 BURLINGTON SPECIAL 19J OPEN FACE POCKET WATCH - WORKS / RUNS

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Running Vintage Waltham U.S.A. Grade 220 Model 1894 12S 15J Pocket Watch Buy Now »

Running Vintage Waltham U.S.A. Grade 220 Model 1894 12S 15J Pocket Watch

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illinois pocket Watch Co Art Deco Gold Filled 17j 12s model 3 grade 404 1919 Buy Now »
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illinois pocket Watch Co Art Deco Gold Filled 17j 12s model 3 grade 404 1919

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3 10 SIZE HAMILTON  #6026 STEMS LONG           AA-25 Buy Now »

3 10 SIZE HAMILTON #6026 STEMS LONG AA-25

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Vintage Men Pocket Watch Quartz Train Locomotive Chain Railroad Roman Numberal Buy Now »
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Vintage Men Pocket Watch Quartz Train Locomotive Chain Railroad Roman Numberal

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Running Hamilton 14K Gold Filled Pocket Watch Grade 917 17 Jewels Model 1 10s Buy Now »

Running Hamilton 14K Gold Filled Pocket Watch Grade 917 17 Jewels Model 1 10s

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Antique 21 Jewel Salesman Display Case RR Pocket Watch Hamilton 992 "Working" Buy Now »
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Antique 21 Jewel Salesman Display Case RR Pocket Watch Hamilton 992 "Working"

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Antique 1891 Elgin 18s Railroad coin Silver & 14k gold  Pocket Watch 156 g Runs Buy Now »
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Antique 1891 Elgin 18s Railroad coin Silver & 14k gold Pocket Watch 156 g Runs

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RARE!!! WALTHAM MODEL 1892 RIVERSIDE 18s POCKET WATCH Buy Now »

RARE!!! WALTHAM MODEL 1892 RIVERSIDE 18s POCKET WATCH

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Antique 1917 A.W.W.CO WALTHAM Pocket Watch 21042336 Movement For Parts / Repairs Buy Now »
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 2 ELGIN 37 + 18 SIZE 1900 SET LEVER SPRING  MODEL 8-9 NOS          B-50-33 Buy Now »

2 ELGIN 37 + 18 SIZE 1900 SET LEVER SPRING MODEL 8-9 NOS B-50-33

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1928 Illinois Watch Company Bunn Special; Momento Mori/Masonic Design Case Buy Now »

1928 Illinois Watch Company Bunn Special; Momento Mori/Masonic Design Case

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Vintage Hamilton 974 Special 17 Jewel 3 Position Railroad Pocket Watch 16s Buy Now »
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NOS Elgin Complete Balance Part #830 Buy Now »

NOS Elgin Complete Balance Part #830

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VINTAGE 18S ELGIN KW/KS POCKET WATCH GRADE 13 3 OZ COIN SILVER CASE FROM 1885 Buy Now »
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VINTAGE 18S ILLINOIS "PLANTER" CONVERSION POCKET WATCH FROM 1883  4 OZ SILVER Buy Now »
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Hampden Watch Screws  18s ( 4 plate screws 1 balance cock screw) Golden Special Buy Now »

Hampden Watch Screws 18s ( 4 plate screws 1 balance cock screw) Golden Special

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NOS 16s Elgin Over-coil Hairsprings part #796   wp-75 Buy Now »
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~1923 Elgin Model 3 12s 17 Jewels Openface Pocket Watch w/Chain Serial #26051545 Buy Now »

~ 1923 Elgin Model 3 12s 17 Jewels Openface Pocket Watch w/Chain Serial #26051545

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Vintage 1895 Waltham Model 1891 Pocket Watch Movement Parts 0s 7j Grade 60 USA Buy Now »
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Vintage 1895 Waltham Model 1891 Pocket Watch Movement Parts 0s 7j Grade 60 USA

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1918 Hamilton 14K Gold 23J Adj 5 Pos OF Pocket Watch Model 1 12s #1831472 Runs Buy Now »

1918 Hamilton 14K Gold 23J Adj 5 Pos OF Pocket Watch Model 1 12s #1831472 Runs

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VINTAGE 16 SIZE WALTHAM 21J POCKET WATCH GRADE 645 RUNS Buy Now »
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VINTAGE 16 SIZE WALTHAM 21J POCKET WATCH GRADE 645 RUNS

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VINTAGE 18 SIZE ELGIN SIDE WINDER GRADE 102 WITH CHOO CHOO CASE FROM 1895 Buy Now »
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Antique Elgin 488 Ladies Wristwatch - Beautiful Highly Detailed Case and Band Buy Now »
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Antique Elgin 488 Ladies Wristwatch - Beautiful Highly Detailed Case and Band

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VINTAGE 18 SIZE ELGIN SIDE WINDER G.M WHEELER WITH VERY FACNY DIAL RUNNING Buy Now »
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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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