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    Posted 7 years ago

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    To go along with my Union Pacific Steam Locomotive No. 944 post, I thought I would make a post of my Hamilton 940 Railroad Timekeeper.
    The booklet "The Timekeeper" by the Hamilton Watch Company (1911), they describe their No. 940 as:
    The Eighteen-Size Railroad Timekeeper of America.
    18-size, open-face, 21 extra fine ruby jewels, patent motor barrel, nickel, adjusted to temperature, isochronism and five positions, double roller escapement, steel escape wheel, Breguet hairspring, patent micrometric regulator, double-sunk dial, gilt lettering, beautifully and elegantly damaskeened.
    The 940 Hamilton has the most phenomenally accurate time-keeping records, is more extensively used and in far greater numbers on all main railroad lines of America than any other watch.
    This watch will be cased by the jeweler in any style case that the purchaser desires.
    Price, movement only . . . . . . . . . . . . . $28.00
    No. 941 is same as above
    for hunting case, price, movement only . . . $28.00

    This watch was cased in a DUEBER SILVERINE CANTON O., Swing-Out case.
    This 940, serial no. 976446, 18-size, 21-ruby jewel, lever-set, stem-wind, was sent to the finishing Department on 2/21/1913 & was ready for delivery before 4/26/1913.
    Shown in (photo #3), is the front & back of a standard watch certificate that was certified it was running correctly according to railroad specifications by an authorized watch inspector. One half (A) retained by Division Superintendent, and (B) to be retained by the employee, if so desired, for monthly comparison.
    Shown in (photo #4), is the front and back of a Standard Loaner Card, certifying that the loaner watch being used by the employee while his watch is being tested & serviced, meets the railroad standards.

    Thanks for looking,

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    1. pw-collector pw-collector, 7 years ago
      Post for Union Pacific 844:
    2. pw-collector pw-collector, 7 years ago
      Thanks for the appreciation:
    3. GeodeJem GeodeJem, 7 years ago
      There was a time in Britain when every city and town had their own time. For Instance Oxford was an hour ahead of London. Now when the railways came time had to be standardised and I have seen a TV programme that shows a very similar situation in the USA. Great Watch BTW
    4. pops52 pops52, 7 years ago
      You're welcome Dave, always enjoy looking at your posts!
    5. pw-collector pw-collector, 7 years ago
      Thanks for the appreciation:
    6. pw-collector pw-collector, 7 years ago
      Thanks for the appreciation:
    7. pw-collector pw-collector, 7 years ago
      Thanks BB2 for the appreciation.
    8. pw-collector pw-collector, 7 years ago
      Thanks Trey for the appreciation.
    9. pw-collector pw-collector, 7 years ago
      Thanks for the appreciation:
    10. Caperkid, 6 years ago
      Always likeed pocket watches as ,suit accessories. So i gravitated to looks. What do you think is most important to look at before you buy.,Maker ,age,rarity. Thanks for any help.
    11. pw-collector pw-collector, 6 years ago
      Caperkid, as you can see by my "Profile Self-Portrait", "gravitating to looks" does not apply to me!!
      Seriously, I love wearing my pocket watches on a chain when wearing a vest, or on a leather strap fob, with the watch in my watch pocket of my levi's when not wearing a vest.
      First, I do not collect as an investment, because I really don't plan on selling any. That chore is left up to my children, after I "clock-in" above (hopefully above!).
      Maker, Age & Rarity are all good things to look for, but I don't focus on any one manufacture, I seem to like them all, including "dollar watches".
      As age, history is always an interest to me, so the older ones have longer history. I probably gravitate more, to the key-wind & key-set watches.
      Rarity is always nice, but not always affordable, for me anyway.
      I buy what appeals to me and what I can afford at the time without consideration of maker, age or rarity.
      What appeals to me most, and usually not known at the time of purchase, is the history that can be traced. This normally takes a lot of time and research after obtaining a piece.
      When looking; the "hunt" is fun, the "find" is gratifying, but the "history connected" is the best of all.
      Here is one I have posted, that took a lot of research, and I might add, by help of some CW members, turned out to be a great story.

      By all means, enjoy your collecting, have fun doing it, stay within your budget and share the stories with your friends.

    12. Caperkid, 6 years ago
      Thanks so much.
    13. pw-collector pw-collector, 4 years ago
      Thanks for the appreciation:

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