Thought I would share my 'new' railroad grade watch. As usual I am following a path less travelled - so no 1920-30s 21 or 23 jewel Vanguard or Riverside Maximus here.
Instead, I am looking a bit further back in time - at the 1883 model, when standards were being established.
It is a model 1883 sz 18 Waltham 'frosty' grade 35 lever set made in 1887-88. It has 15 jewels in gold settings and it is Adjusted to 6 positions and temperature - so 8 Adj. It is termed a 'frosty' due to the damaskeening of the solid nickel plates - many of these were gilt (cheaper). Despite being a 'nameless' grade they were a top spec movement. Unlike the named grades, the only way of telling if a 1883 movement is a grade 35 is to look up the serial number. It is a sidewinder as many were, the reason being is that almost all OF movements were pendant set, whereas almost all the hunter movements were lever set.
What is really cool though is that it was the watch Casey Jones used - he had a 15-jewel grade 35 serial number 4,725,871.
If you don't know who Casey Jones was, look here and here.
The regulator is an evolution of the 1870 patent regulator in Eric's and Art's earlier watches.
1887 (same date as this watch) advert
There is more info on the NAWCC site.
The only thing really wrong with the watch is the dial is probably a later replacement, I believe the dial should read Am. Watch Co. Waltham, like this:
More info on 1883 grade 35 frosties here - same serial number range as mine in this article.
That said, the dial I have is pristine - so it will do while I wait for a good one to turn up.