We all love and cherish railroad memorabilia...the good old days...when
times were simpler, and a person had time to stop and enjoy a great sunset,
time to smell the roses so to speak. But what is all the interest
in the American Railroad Pocket Watch. We see advertisements each
day by sellers claiming to be marketing true railroad watches because the
dial is Arabic, or that is is an open face about a 16 or 18 size, or that
it has an engraving of a locomotive on the case.
Following the disaster, a commission was appointed to come up with standards for timepieces that would be adopted by all railroads. The industry now had to demand precision in its timekeeping. Thus were born some of the finest timepieces ever made in the world!!!
The General Railroad Timepiece Standards were adopted by most railroads
in 1893. They had to meet the following standards:
A railroad watch had to be open faced, size 16 or 18, have a minimum of 17 jewels, adjusted to at least five positions, keep time accurately to within 30 seconds a week, adjusted to temps of 34 to 100 degrees F. have a double roller, steel escape wheel, lever set, regulator, winding stem at 12 o'clock, and have bold black arabic numerals on a white dial, with black hands.
The railroad watch standards changed throughout the years, and generally the watches became even more accurate. The railroad man was compelled to buy a timepiece more accurate than many scientific instruments of precision used in labs. Because of the railroad standards, the most accurate and rugged regulator systems that the world had ever seen, were developed.
But it was more than unsurpassed accuracy that has made the American
Railroad Watch a great collectible and a good investment. The simplistic beauty of the
dial, the artisan-ship with which they are designed, the precious jewels
and metals used in the production of the high quality movements, all contribute
to to the making of a great American collectible. If you pay a fair
value for a good running railroad pocket watch, you can expect that its
value will hold, or most likely appreciate over the years--making it a
We invite you to view the attached images of
Railroad Watches. Be sure to look at the views of the movements--it will give
you an idea of the value and beauty of the RAILROAD WATCH.