Help finding info on a pocket watch

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    Help finding info on a pocket watch

    I am usually very resourceful when trying to find information because I have collected wristwatches for years, but I can't find anything on a pocket watch that I have that belonged to my grandfather. It is manual wind (still works fine). It says on the dial "JCPenny Shock Resistant" "Swiss Made" and has a little picture of a train on the dial. I am familiar with the JC Penny stores, but I cannont find any info on this watch anywhere on the web or in bookstores. I am just curious to find out when they were produced, what did they go for back in the day, are they a low end collectors piece now? I find it odd that it says shock resistant on it for it's age, but who knows when he actually bought it. He died when I was little, so it was purchased at least 34 years ago. Here are some pics.

    Thanks, Brian
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    Member Eeeb's Avatar
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    Re: Help finding info on a pocket watch

    The watch was made for the JCPenny department stores by someone else and sold under their name. (Sometimes Penny would use 'Towncraft' on watches too.)

    You will need to give us pictures of the movement (the mechanism inside) for much more to be said.
    "Forever is composed of nows." - Emily Dickinson

    "The watch has to be surrounded by a history.
    You need more than just a great design. You need to create an atmosphere around the product.
    Who is the company behind it? Why are they using this material?
    People need to be able to identify the watch with themselves. It's based on emotion." - Ralph Furter

    ...that's just my opinion and I've been wrong before and will be again and might be now!

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    Member Ray MacDonald's Avatar
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    Re: Help finding info on a pocket watch

    "Shock resistant" usually means from the 1950s or later.

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    Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, Canada

    Re: Help finding info on a pocket watch

    The lack of a second hand combined with the elaborate "train" decor and montgomery style dial suggests this was a "boys" watch with a fairly inexpensive but robust movement.
    My growing collection of "affordable" vintages:

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