Elgin Railroad Grade Watches
Elgin made a large number of railroad grade watches, including
their first watch, an 18 size, 15 jewel B.W. Raymond. Elgin
also made the first Railroad grade wrist watch, the grade 730A
Kent Singer has written an article entitled
Just What Is A Railroad Watch?.
This article covers American Railroad standards from around 1850
until 1960 and spells such myths as Railroad watches couldn't be
hunter case watches or pendant set.
Kent is one of the foremost experts on Railroad watches and
co-authors a regular column in the NAWCC Bulletin. Kent wrote
his article in part to counter the incorrect impressions left by
reading the very popular "Complete Watches" book. much of
(mis-)information in the "Complete Watches"
book apparently can't be backed up with references. Kent's
article, in contrast, uses just a few of the references that
I've seen him use to back up claims.
A related article by Edward C. Hahn about railroad pocket
watches can be found at
Making the (Railroad) Grade: The 19j B.W. Raymond".
It is a wonderful article on Railroad grade pocket watches. It
shows how a 19j BWRaymond works, with very good pictures.
An article by Paul Chambre titled
" Forgotten Masterpieces: The Last Elgins
talks about Elgin's "DuraBalance" and the railroad grade
B.W. Raymond wrist watch.
The following article is from the 1961 New York Central
Railroad's "Headlight" magazine. The picture is courtesy of the
"New York Central System Historical Society" and Kent Singer.
While I'm not an expert, I believe the information on this page is
correct. Please send suggestions and corrections to
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