Swiss 18S 21J LS Railroad Special pocket watch #785630, heavy WBM smooth polish swing-out case

Swiss 18S 21J LS Railroad Special pocket watch #785630, heavy WBM smooth polish swing-out case

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Swiss 18S 21J lever set (LS) Railroad Special pocket watch #785630, this watch is considered a "Swiss fake" as it was made to pass as one of the high end American railroad grade watches in appearance but it is not adjusted and timed for railroad service, attractive nickel full plate movement with screw-down jewel settings, an unusual engraving on the balance bridge of a spread-wing owl, locomotive blowing steam engraved on the plate and a fancy concentric circle damascene pattern, porcelain enamel dial with roman numerals, blue 5 minute markers, a subsidiary seconds register and a locomotive blowing steam on the upper half has been marked "Railroad Special", dial has a number of faint hairlines, a repair on the 9 o'clock side of the dial near the edge and a small flake at the lever to help facilitate using the lever tab, blue steel spade-style hands.

Heavy white base metal (WBM) smooth polish swing-out case with a coin edge detail around the extra-thick glass crystal, case is showing normal moderate wear overall with some small scratches and spots of discoloration on the back, additionally it appears the front bezel may be a replacement to the case as it is slightly off-color to the rest of the case, however it does secure to the frame flush with no indication of cross-threading or problems seating to the threads, measures approx. 58mm in diameter x 81mm in length x 19mm thick (crystal included). While a bit of a patchwork watch, it is keeping surprisingly good time and looks like the investment the original company put into the reproduction is paying off even after all these years, we estimate it would have been made sometime in the early to mid-1900s and is still ticking along happily. A great vintage pocket watch that still looks pretty nice in good condition, perfect for an entry-level watch or as a conversation starter!
  • Year Made: mid 1900s
  • Company: Swiss
  • Movement Size: 0318S
  • Jewels: 0721J
  • Setting/Movement Type: lever set
  • Model/Grade: Railroad Special
  • Serial #: 785630
  • Movement Finish: nickel
  • Movement Details: locomotive engraving
  • Dial Material: porcelain enamel
  • Dial Details: locomotive design, marked "Railroad Special"
  • Hand Style: spade
  • Case Style: swing-out
  • Case Material: Base Metal - Silver/White
  • Case Details: extra-thick glass crystal
  • Case Width/Diameter: 58mm (2.28 inches)
  • Case Length, bow included: 81mm (3.19 inches)
  • Case Thickness: 19mm (0.75 inches)
  • Crystal Material: glass
  • Condition: Good
  • Gender: Gentlemen's
This watch is in good running condition, unless otherwise noted in the description. This means that on receipt, pending any item-specific running conditions noted in the description, you can expect the watch to be winding and setting properly and to run smoothly while keeping reasonable time. We consider "reasonable time" to meet these basic guidelines:
  • Railroad Grade Watches will be keeping +/- 5 minutes per day
  • Pocket and Wrist Watches with 15 or more jewels will be keeping +/- 10 minutes per day
  • All key wind watches and watches with 14 or fewer jewels will be keeping +/- 15 minutes per day
The above guideline is the lowest standard in which we would ship out a watch, however in most cases, you will see much better timekeeping. Most of our watches have been in storage for many years, so if you plan on carrying/wearing them everyday, you should consider having them cleaned and oiled soon, and then once a year thereafter to keep them in top running condition. If the watches will be for occasional use or display, they should be cleaned and serviced every 3 to 5 years depending on use.

As of January 18th, 2022, we are not offering a cleaning and service option through PM Time Service. While we do hope to offer this again in the future, we are unfortunately unable to meet customer requests for watch servicing at this time. Please note that, unless otherwise mentioned within the "Full Description" tab, this watch is being sold in good running condition and is ready to wear or carry on arrival.
This watch comes complete with an appropriate, intact glass crystal; however, on request PM Time Service can replace the current crystal on this pocket watch for you. We offer a number of new and vintage crystal choices for pocket watches; you can select your desired choice from the dropdown menu below.

Please note that the average turnaround time for all pocket watch crystal replacements will be two days from the placement of the order.

Contact us with any further questions or for an estimate on any shipping delays.

Please note: if you add this watch with a crystal exchange option to your shopping cart but later change your mind on the crystal selection type, you'll need to remove the watch from the cart in order to make a new crystal selection. Once that is done, you can return to this page and add that new combination to the cart. We apologize for the limitations to our system that prevent you making that change from the shopping cart directly.

Unlike modern quartz watches, most vintage watches need daily winding in order to keep the watch functioning for timekeeping. Additionally, there are a number of different ways to set the time other than simply pulling the crown away from the watch body. We are happy to provide an overview of each of the different setting types on our "How To Use" page, where we also provide information on proper winding techniques for each style and some suggestions for the proper long term care and storage of your watch.

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We process a very large number of watches and accessories each year for sale via our website, eBay and local avenues. We attempt to offer descriptions and photos that are as complete and clear as possible on each item, and we always encourage you to write us with questions if something is not addressed in the description!

In each description, we attempt to note the following things:
<maker><size><jewels><setting><adjustments><grade/model><serial number>, <movement information>, <dial information>, <hand information>, <case information>, <misc. information>, <overall condition and comments>

Taking an example of a watch already described, we've bracketed the different sections and ordered them as above:
<Ball-Hamilton> <16S> <21J> <LS> <adj.> <Official RR Standard> <#B651197>, <nickel movement with gold jewel settings and concentric circle damascene pattern, should be noted that the gears on the movement may not be all original however watch is running strong and not affecting running condition>, <porcelain Ball marked dial with Arabic numbers has very faint hairline (not distracting)>, <blue steel hands>, <beautiful YGF SB&B Ball marked case with engraved bezels and blank monogram shield showing normal even wear (no brass)>, <fancy bow>. <High grade Ball watch in very good condition, perfect to carry everyday!>

We also provide a List of Abbreviations that we use in our descriptions, as well as a Pocket Watch Sizing Chart that explains numerically and graphically the various sizes of pocket watches that we offer.
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