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Posted: 6/16/2003 3:33:53 PM EDT
My Mother and I are planning on buying a old high quality Railroad pocket watch for my Father. I really havent looked into these at all. Anyone here have any information on whihc ones are quality? Im looking more for the quality of the movement instead of case really.
Link Posted: 6/16/2003 4:21:39 PM EDT
Here's a few auctions that might give you some ideas. I used to tune into a watch show from time to time, until the independent cable channel was taken over by NBC. Ocassionally they'd have some vintage railroad watches for sale. A watch couldn't be called a rairoad watch, unless it was accurate enough. So these watches would have high jewel counts. Illinois, Hamilton are 2 makes that I remember. [url]http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=2641251193&category=10319[/url] [url]http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=2641335542&category=10319[/url] [url]http://listings.ebay.com/pool1/plistings/list/all/category10319/index.html?from=R4[/url] [url]http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=2641155391&category=10319[/url] [url]http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=2641207334&category=10319[/url] [url]http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=2641038860&category=10319[/url] [url]http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=2640646601&category=10319[/url]
Link Posted: 6/16/2003 5:28:03 PM EDT
Go here and ask: [url]www.timezone.com[/url] Bunch of horologists there that can help you out.
Link Posted: 6/16/2003 6:53:13 PM EDT
it may or may not have a flip open cover. Almost guaranteed not to have roman numerals. It will have a positive setting mechanism. For example you twist off the front or back and pull out a lever or two and then you can set the watch. They were designed such that they couldn't be changed accidently. Something about trains running into each other that upset the stockholders.
Link Posted: 6/16/2003 7:34:30 PM EDT
Here's a very nice very old RR pocket watch. [url]http://www.timemachinewatch.com/rrhunter/rrhunter.htm[/url]
Link Posted: 6/17/2003 3:26:00 AM EDT
I have owned several railroad watchs over the years, an illinois Bunn Special is a good one that will hold it's value. Keep in mind that most of these are very plain with a gold filled case. All the money is in the works, most have 23 jewels or more. I sold my Bunn on ebay for 250.00. I also have a Hamilton that has a fancier case that is realy nice. Check ebay & I'm sure there are some Illinois on there. Good luck.
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