MY POCKET WATCH COLLECTION - INFO AND EXAMPLES
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I have been collecting only since 2009 but my first pocket watch came to me many years ago from my father and from his father. It is a silver watch that was made in England and was probably a low priced watch in it's day but is now priceless to me. I also now have a couple of dress pocket watches that have come to me from my wife's family - an 18S Elgin and a 12S Longines - that belonged to my wife's grandfather and great grandfather - again, a couple of priceless additions to my collection.
Since I have an interest in Canadian Railways, as you will see from my model railway page, when I became interested in pocket watches it seemed only natural that I would mostly confine my collection to watches that would or might have been used on Canadian Railways. Thus, almost every watch that I have has certain features that would make them 'RR Grade' and 'Approved' for use by Canadian railway men on the CPR and the CNR as well as all the other lines in the various parts of Canada including the NAR that I also have a special interest in. These pocket watches were among the best quality watches available since they were required to keep excellent time.
There are several characteristics that qualify a pocket watch from 100 years ago as eligible for use by employees on Canadian railways.
Two of the most obvious are the 24hr dial and open face. While the 24hr dial was not a requirement east of Thunder Bay, I like the look of these dials. And, while some Canadian railways were accepting grandfathered hunter cased watches through to about 1910, most required the open face case.
After that, the watch needed to be lever set and have at least a 17 jewel movement. These two characteristics meant the watch would be very accurate and that the time could not be accidentally reset. In fact, the early 18 size RR pocket watches could be hunter cased as well!
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The pocket watches that I have date from approximately 1885 through to about 1960. During the mid-1900's wrist watches became established and gradually replaced the pocket watch for daily use on the railways.
I recently sold the pocket watch I quite frequently used as my day-to-day watch. Is is a Waltham Vanguard 23 jewel, 16 size watch encased in a Sturdy nickel silver case. It keeps time within a few seconds a week. Quite remarkable considering that its manufacture dates to about 1942 - photos below.
I am not a dealer or retailer. Watches posted here are from my personal collection. I have always tried to purchase watches that were in very good condition and all are in running condition but likely not recently serviced. Email me if you would like more info and additional photos or would like to make an offer.
Note that I will only ship to Canada and USA and at additional cost from the watch price listed below paid by the purchaser - typically this is about $20/25 by Canada Post
Pocket Watch for sale: click here to email me for info
Ball Hamilton 999B 16S 21J OF LS 12hr dial SELL Cdn$900 [+ shipping]
Movement: Ball Hamilton black engraving ‘Ball Watch Co Cleveland Ohio Trade Mark Official Standard 999B 6 positions adjusted 21 jewels’, #1B232xx, 16sz Elinvar extra hairspring, adj temperature, 6 positions, and Isochronism, Model 5, variant 2 with circular damaskeening on plates and wheels, nice bright shiny nickel plates and wheels, runs, winds, sets well, no service records. This is the Ball version of the highly popular Hamilton 992B of which over 500,000 were produced. Ball Hamilton 999B had only 27,000 of the 1B serial numbers being made and some 90% of the parts of the 999B are interchangeable with the Hamilton 992B
Dial: ‘Ball Official RR Standard Cleveland’ melamine SS marginal minutes dial [some people call this a Montgomery dial but it is not since it doesn’t have a ‘6’ in the seconds section – thus others call it a ‘Montgomery style’]. This style is very scarce and this one has an extremely small hairline from the hands centre post to the top of the seconds bit, black Arabic 1-12, has a matched set of charcoal spade & pointer hands.
Case: Ball Official RR Standard, 10k gold filled Keystone stirrup bow case #8025498, screw back & bezel [housing #5348] has easy off/on bezels, no brassing, no dents or dings, sharp crown, tight bow, clear glass crystal, light pocket wear, a beautiful case
Hamilton 950B Railway Special 16S 23J OF LS 12hr dial
SOLD - New listing up soon, check back
Movement: gold engraving ‘Hamilton Watch Co USA 950B 23j adj temp and 6 pos’ Railway Special OF LS #S186xx, good clean shiny plates, minimal scratches, parallel line damaskeening, concentric circles on winding wheels, excellent working order, excellent RR watch
Case: Keystone J Boss 10K gold filled case, #8787462, matching numbers on housing, coin and scrolling edges, acrylic crystal, good crown and loose bow, no signs of brassing small dents on back. B&B screw on/off easily, case lever notched left and right side
Dial: black DS ‘Hamilton 23 jewels Railway Special’ Railroad Track dial, black bold Arabic 1-12 and sunk seconds section, face is near perfect with no chips hairlines or cracking, black baton hands [c1940] are perfect
Howard & Co. “SERIES 10” 16S 21J OF LS 24hr Montgomery dial
#1278xxx c1914 C$500
Movement: black engraving “Howard Watch Co. U.S.A Series 10, 21 Jewels Extra Adjustment Five Positions Temperature Pat’D’10” with ‘arrow/star’ winds, sets and is running with good motion, stem wind and lever set, nickel 21 jewel signed movement BRG, DR
Dial: good hands - plum hour spade and minute whip, signed enamel “Howard” Montgomery dial in good condition with light hairlines at 8, 23 and 34 minutes, black Arabic 1-12, small red Arabic 13-24 also on outer chapter, full Montgomery style with 18 in lower part of seconds chapter
Case: in wonderful condition, lightly worn but functional crown, good stem, sleeve and tight bow, in its original hinged double back case with outside of inner back signed E. Howard Watch Co. Boston around outer circle, yellow gold filled “Keystone Extra 1030340” open face case, back cover is plain and polished, case numbers matching
It has taken a few years for me to gather good examples of all 4 of the 'The Studebaker' watches manufactured by South Bend. While I have enjoyed them for a while now I have decided to see if I can sell them as a group to someone who will appreciate these wonderful RR watches. There are two 18 size and two 16 size watches. [Note that 'The Studebaker' is a different and better quality watch than those manufactured as 'Studebaker'. This can be confusing]
The price for all 4 together is: Cdn $4000 [shipping extra]
South Bend ‘The Studebaker’ 323 18S 17J #533256 1908
South Bend ‘The Studebaker’ 329 18S 21J #634846 1910
South Bend ‘The Studebaker’ 223 16S 17J #727746 1912
South Bend ‘The Studebaker’ 229 16S 21J #753308 1912
South Bend ‘The Studebaker’ Model 323 OF LS 18S 17J 12hr dial
Circa 1908, Lever Set, Adjusted 5 Positions, gold screw down jewel settings, Marked Grade 323 and "The Studebaker", RR Grade/Approved this is a rare find...the beautiful 18 Size 323 "The Studebaker"! This model is almost impossible to find, as well as one of the most desirable of the 4 "The" Studebakers"
Movement... a very scarce gold engraving ‘South Bend Watch Co 323 "The Studebaker" South Bend Ind 17 jewels adjusted to temp & 5 positions 533256’ marked movement is one of the most beautiful South Bends ever made, was their highest grade, checker damaskeening, watch has seen very little use, still tight and the movement scratch free, running well, and has been checked and regulated , in lightly used condition, the best of the best, very hard to find signed Grade 323 "The Studebaker" in very good condition. This 17-Jewel 323 is even more uncommon than the 21-Jewel 329
Dial... script ‘South Bend’ double sunk 1-12 black Arabic with red 5 minutes, purple spade hour and poker minute hands, two light hl at 11 and 4 that cannot even be seen in picture, rare South Bend dial in great condition
Case: recased in a beautiful Philadelphia 10K ‘Victory’ warranted ten years #880841 YGF RR Case with a fancy back sporting a shield, SB&B, in very good condition, tight bow, good crown, new glass crystal, matching case numbers, beautiful edging around the outside
South Bend ‘The Studebaker’ grade 329 18S 21J OF LS 12hr dial
#6348xx c 1910
A very rare and beautiful south bend "The Studebaker" model, grade 329, model 2
Movement: lever set, gold lettering engraved ‘South Bend Watch Co, 329 Trade Mark The Studebaker South Bend Ind. Safety Pinion, 21 Jewels, adjusted to Temp & 5 Positions, Double Roller, 634846’ model 2, GJS, winding and running great
Dial: marginal minutes Montgomery style dial with no number in the seconds area, not 24 hour dial, very light hairline at 5:30, black spade minute hand, plumb spade hour hand
Case: unengraved swing out ‘Patented Trade Mark’ – star & crescent moon #3130 high bevel edge glass crystal with one light chip on the edge - the chip is still in place - so there is no indent, case numbers match, bezel operates properly as does the swing out, bow tight and crown operates easily
South Bend The Studebaker Model 223 16S 17J OF LS 12hr dial
Movement: gold engraving ‘South Bend Watch Co USA The Studebaker 223 adjusted to temp & 5 positions double roller safety pinion 727746’ checker damaskeening and bright wheels without scratches, raised gold jewel settings, gold train, Mod #2 bridge
Dial: South Bend, black Arabic DS 12 hour has 1 hl by 11, extremely faint hairlines radiating from the centre post, matching black spade hour and poker minute hands, glass crystal, dial has the unique "curves" on the 10 11 12 and 1
Case: Keystone, J Boss guaranteed 20 yr #5595947, tight bow, good crown, plain back and edges, SB&B, glass crystal, matching case numbers, could be original, looks new
South Bend The Studebaker 229 16S 21J LS OF 12hr dial
Movement: gold engraving ‘South Bend Watch Co USA `The Studebaker’ 229, double roller, safety pinion, adjusted to temp and 5 positions, 21J, #753308’ Model 2, nickel plates, double roller, 5 position, LS, GRO, swirl pattern nickel damascene, fine-plus cosmetic mvt condition overall, balance jewel setting and fourth wheel jewel setting are brass replacements, light patches of oxide on steelwork with the most notable profusion being at the perimeter of the larger winding wheel, plates with a few typical fine and micro-fine scratches;
Dial: ‘SOUTH BEND’ marginal minutes, 1-12, white enamel DS, with hls near 2 and 3, and 6, near mint blued hands
Case: Illinois watch case co, 10k rolled gold plate, 7584539 with matching case numbers, back and bezel screw on/off easy, shows very little wear, no dents or dings, sharp engraving detail; tight bow, crown shows little wear; good glass crystal.