The union magazine Motorman and Conductor has a mix of high and low grade watch advertisements. Obviously there must have been a market for both amongst electric railway operators and conductors. The explanation for the variety appears to be in this labor contract for a West Virginia company having both interurban and city operations. Notice that interurban trainmen were required to have standard watches inspected every thirty days similar to railroad employees. City trainmen, however, were only required to have "a reliable watch." I suspect that this was a distinction throughout the industry.