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    Any thoughts on this Ball watch and chain, circa 1935

    My grandfather was an engineer for B&O railroad, as was his father, in southern Indiana. My dad, born 1947, inherited a couple pocket watches from them - an Elgin and the Ball pocket watch in the photo below. He just had the Ball repaired and it's running well now. Also had the crystal replaced. The watch repair guy - a very knowledgeable and nice person - said the watch is circa 1935 and was likely made as part of a collaboration between Ball and Hamilton. Case is solid gold. Just wondering if anyone had any other tidbits to offer. I really like the watch. The chain is also from around 1935 or earlier and has a pocket knife attached.

    Sorry I don't have any more pics. My dad just texted me this one.




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    Wow very nice :)
    Can he text You a movement photo?
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    Re: Any thoughts on this Ball watch and chain, circa 1935

    I guess a highlight pocket watch. My knowledge about american watches is very poor but all I see with these two colored hourhands/time zones, the good readable dial even in twilight and the hole style of the watch crys:"Railroadwatch". As far as I now technical the best you could get those times with high standarts for precision and finish. Other will know more. A railroad engeneer and a railroadwatch match also.

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    Thanks! I'll ask dad for a picture of the movement and post back.


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    Looks beautiful. Love to see the back and movement.
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    Re: Any thoughts on this Ball watch and chain, circa 1935

    snowpt:
    What can one retired locomotive engineer (40 years - 3 RRs) say but BEAUTIFUL?
    Never owned Ball during my 40 years of pushing the throttle. I was a Hamilton fan.
    Owned two 2 Hamilton Size 16 (like this Ball) First Hammy was the 992b, 21 jewel,
    lever set, yellow 10k gold and matching gold Simmons chain.
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    Fantastic piece - looks as pristine as the day it left the factory, just look at that dial.
    I suspect it also has an alarm function with the red hand - Fantastic
    Enjoy
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    Re: Any thoughts on this Ball watch and chain, circa 1935

    The red hand is simply to show the time in an alternate time zone. No alarm on these watches.
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    Re: Any thoughts on this Ball watch and chain, circa 1935

    Quote Originally Posted by daveswatchparts View Post
    The red hand is simply to show the time in an alternate time zone. No alarm on these watches.
    Ah, that is very cool too, a great complication.
    Thanks the explanation
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    Re: Any thoughts on this Ball watch and chain, circa 1935

    The red hand for the alternative time zone is more often seen on watches for Canadian RR service.
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