Elgin Open-Faced Pocket Watch used on SPRR

My Father-in-Law died at the beginning of this year, he was a retired Engineer with the Southern Pacific Railroad (44 years). Earlier this week my husband’s mom asked him over to go over two pocket watches that his dad used on the railroad. He is hoping one day to get his Great-Grandfather’s pocket watch, but she’s not ready to part with that yet which is wholly understandable!

This is the one he picked out ~ while I’m not sure it can be considered a true railroad pocket watch, as it does not quite meet the requirements below…my FIL did use it on the railroad. 🙂 Well worn watch!

The General Railroad Timepiece Standards were adopted by most railroads in 1893. They had to meet the following standards:

A railroad watch had to be open faced, size 16 or 18, have a minimum of 17 jewels, adjusted to at least five positions, keep time accurately to within 30 seconds a week, adjusted to temps of 34 to 100 degrees F. have a double roller, steel escape wheel, lever set, regulator, winding stem at 12 o’clock, and have bold black arabic numerals on a white dial, with black hands.

It’s an Open-faced Elgin ~

Serial number: 21500078
Year 1918
Grade 317
Class 106
Size 18
15 Jewels

The case is Fahys Montauk Guaranteed 20 Years. From research online I found that “The Fahys Montauk case is a gold-filled case, 15-year if made up to March 1898, 20-year if made thereafter.”

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