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 grandfatheredhunter 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!

 I am a member of the web-based Internet Horology Club IHC185

I am always interested in hearing about Canadian RR watches that you may be selling.  As a collector I love to add pocket watches to my collection that suit my criteria.  And, as a collector I am not a reseller - generally what I purchase will stay in my collection.  You can contact me by clicking on  THIS EMAIL address

Please check back again as I post more photos and information about my watches.  Thanks.

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.  While I concentrate on pocket watches I do have a small number of wrist watches that would also have been used on Canadian railways.

I actually carry a pocket watch quite frequently as my day-to-day watch.  Is is a Waltham Vanguard 23 jewel, 16 size watch encased in a Sturdy nickel silver case.  I wind it every day and 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

 

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Ball Hamilton 999B  16S 21J  OF LS     12hr dial         SELL Cdn$1200 [+ shipping]

#1B232xx       c1951               

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

950B face


Hamilton 950B Railway Special     16S 23J OF LS    12hr dial   SELL Cdn$1200[+shipping]

#S186xx          c 1953

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



 Hampden 18 size 15 jewel  Pocket watch      

Priced at Canadian $250.00 [shipping extra]

 Hampden  18S  OF LS with very uncommon 24hr dial   15J   #7055xx  c 1889

 This early Hampden Canton has a small seconds registers for an 18S movement. It may have been a clever attempt to line up the number 18 hour marker on the same circle/chapter as the rest of the 13-24 hour markers necessary for Canadian railroad use.  This is a beautiful condition and unique variant of a Canadian Railway pocket watches.

Movement: Model 3 Full Plate, excellent condition, running strong, pendant wind lever set.  Adjusted 3-5 positions, Temperature, Isochronism.  Lettering on movement: ‘Hampden Watch Co Canton Ohio, patent pinion’ black lettering with nice damaskeening and scrollwork.

Dial: script ‘Hampden Watch Co’ Single Sunk Porcelain, black Roman I-XII, black Arabic 13-24, red Arabic 5 minute numerals, 18 in seconds chapter, blued Moon hands, extremely faint hairlines that can only be seen with a loupe radiating from the centre to the 11, 15, 50 & 53 min marks.  Exceptional condition.

Case; 14K Gold Filled Fahys Montauk No 1 coin edge, glass crystal with normal wear in good condition, bezel and back cover screw on/off easily, firm bow and crown excellent.  #347373, large ‘coin’ edge

Service History; serviced 2008