Illinois Watch Co Electric Railroad Standard

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  1. Leatherwringer

    Leatherwringer New Member

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    Just received this working nice old watch and have gone down the rabbit hole! my searching led me to this awesome place with tons of info. From what I can find, the serial number 3554115 dates it to around 1919 and I have read a few interesting stories about Railroad standards and specials. Interested to see what you guys and gals think of this beauty! I think Electric means more geared for trolly and street cars, but I might have read wrong.

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  2. Kent

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    Hi Leatherwringer:

    Welcome to the NAWCC American Pocket Watch Message Board!

    You have a nice watch and you're correct, it was intended for service on trolleys and interurban electric roads.

    I got mine about 30 years ago.

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    I would also like to add my welcome to the NAWCC Forum.

    and nice watch!


    Rob
     
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    These look like really nice watches.

    And a timely thread, in as much as my hometown is restoring an old electric trolley car from the 1920s with the intent of placing it on permanent display.

    I'm curious whether there are known variants where the movements were engraved "Electric Railroad Standard" or similar, in order to complement the dials?
     
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    The model 4 and 5, also known as Getty models were marked on the movements. The later models were not marked on the movements.
     
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    Good to know, your detailed knowledge is impressive.
     
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    The 3/4 plate Getty models were marked Electric Railroad Standard on the train bridge. The 3 finger bridge models were marked the same, but next to the click in slightly smaller font. The cutting of the train bridge to create the 3 finger did not allow much room for marking on it.
     
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    There is a thread dedicated to trolley watches Trolley pocket watches
    This one has some good info on electric railroad watches as well as links to other similar threads Hamilton Electric Railway Special, Streetcar or Trolly Watch
    Others are available by searching using the magnifying glass. It's a fascinating topic, and you'll also see more examples of the knowledge, experience and willingness to share among the forum users. Have fun learning!
     
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  9. Leatherwringer

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    Thanks very much for the imput and replies! I wish I knew more about the history of the watch..I bet there is a great story behind the Statue of Liberty engraving!
     

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