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    Great Grandfather's Watch

    Hi Guys,

    I'm looking for a little bit of assistance. The attached photo's show my Great Grandfather's watch. Right out of the gate, I will say that I couldn't care less what it is worth, and I won't be asking either.

    My Great Grandmother was 3 month pregnant with my Grandfather, when my GGF was killed in a train accident while working on the railway. His watch was passed on to me when my Grandfather passed away a number of years ago. When I received the watch, it wasn't in working order, as it wouldn't wind to run. Several attempts finally landed me in contact with a watchmaker that could find the parts needed to get the watch functioning again having to source parts from several locations. New old parts installed, cleaned and oiled, back in working condition keeping proper time. It set me back $500 but I wanted the thing in working order.

    I suspect this to be just a normal everyday, nothing special pocket watch easily accessible by the general public at the time. What if anything could a member here provide to fill in a little more of the details of the watch, so that when the time comes to pass it down the line, I have a little more of a story to travel with the watch.

    Thanks for any information anyone can provide.

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    Re: Great Grandfather's Watch

    It's a very good Railroad Standard grade watch made around 1905 (if I'm right about the serial starting with 14). Give us the full serial, or punch it in here for more info: Serial Number

    The case is an average-quality gold-filled case with a 20 year wear-through "guarantee"; very typical for a railroader, since such cases were cheaper but rugged and still good looking. It has a Canadian style dial (with 24hr markers instead of minute markers). They did that because CP schedules were all printed in 24hr notation, as I've heard. The dial is "Double Sunk", which is better quality then the more standard single-sunk.

    Here's a page from the 1906 Eatons catalog. Your 19j Crescent Street in a 20yr case is listed at $25. Not the most expensive RR approved watch listed, but not the cheapest either.
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    Re: Great Grandfather's Watch

    Beautiful - and an excellent movement...Sorry for your loss...

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    Re: Great Grandfather's Watch

    Thanks very much Rob! That's more than I expected to get, and I really appreciate it.

    The serial number is 14002530 from the full size photo from my phone.

    Seems GG might have been practical, but he wasn't necessarily cheap either.

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    Here's a larger photo of the open back, as a way of saying thanks so much.
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    Re: Great Grandfather's Watch

    Just spoke to my dad on this, he was really happy to have these details as well. It fills in some blanks for him as well.

    Seems my GG worked for the Grand Trunk, and was killed in Hanover, Ontario in March of 1910 while on the job. Best said that a part of the engine of the train and my GG had a disagreement, and the engine one.

    Thanks again for the efforts you guys put into the hobby. It may not seem like much but your information added information that was lost to time. Yes, I couldn't resist the pun.
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    Re: Great Grandfather's Watch

    Quote Originally Posted by 47 Ronin View Post
    Just spoke to my dad on this, he was really happy to have these details as well. It fills in some blanks for him as well.

    Seems my GG worked for the Grand Trunk, and was killed in Hanover, Ontario in March of 1910 while on the job. Best said that a part of the engine of the train and my GG had a disagreement, and the engine one.

    Thanks again for the efforts you guys put into the hobby. It may not seem like much but your information added information that was lost to time. Yes, I couldn't resist the pun.
    great looking watch. enjoy it forever.
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