Vintage Railroad Grade Watches
In this section, you will find our vintage pocket watches that are considered "railroad grade." In order to ensure the accuracy of pocket watches used by railroad employees, with the ultimate goal of preventing train accidents, the General Railroad Timepiece Standards Commission published a set of guidelines for railroad companies and watch manufacturers in 1893. These guidelines, which specified the criteria for a railroad-grade watch, were prepared by Webb C. Ball, the general time inspector of North American railroads and founder of the Ball Watch Company.
To be a railroad grade watch, the following criteria must be met:
- be 16S or 18S
- have 17 or more jewels
- be lever set
- be in an open face case
- be adjusted to 5 or more positions
For further information, examples, photos, and notes on how to wear our various styles of watches and watch accessories, please visit our How-To-Wear Guide.
Ball-Hamilton 16S 23J LS adj. 5p model 999 Official R.R. Standard pocket watch #B617280, WGF case
PM2781 - This item is currently available.
Ball-Waltham 16S 19J LS adj. 5p Official RR Standard #B239720 pocket watch, YGF Ball Model SB&B case
HP777 - Thank you for your interest! This item has been sold as of 01/18.
Elgin 16S 19J LS adj. 5p B.W. Raymond Up & Down indicator #22168525 pocket watch, YGF SB&B case
HP465 - This item is currently for sale at our Etsy Store.
Elgin 16S 23J adj. 5p LS U&D indicator Veritas #20480319 pocket watch, YGF swing out case
HP1092 - This item is currently available.
Elgin 16S 23J LS adj. 6p U&D Indicator B.W. Raymond #34900099 pocket watch, YGF SB&B B.W.R. case
HP1093 - This item is currently available.
Elgin 18S 19J LS adj. 5p B.W. Raymond U&D indicator #14426465 pocket watch, heavy YGF SB&B case
HP750 - This item is currently available.
Hamilton 16S 21J LS adj. 5p grade 992 #1708013 pocket watch, GGF SB&B case, Montgomery style dial
PM2682 - This item is currently available.
Hamilton 16S 21J LS adj. 6p grade 992B pocket watch #C109961, YGF Hamilton #11 SB&B case
PM2777 - This item is currently available.
Hamilton 18S 23J LS adj. 5p 946 pocket watch #459778, Sterling silver SB&B case
PM2751 - This item is currently available.
Howard 16S 21J LS adj. 5p Series 10 #1238925 pocket watch, heavy smooth polish YGF case, Howard box
HP806 - This item is currently available.
Howard 16S 21J LS adj. 5p Series 11 Railroad Chronometer #1182714 pocket watch, YGF Howard case
PM2759 - This item is currently available.