Hello All. I've been doing a lot of reading and I've decided to go on a search for an american "railroad type" pocket watch. I would like this to be a watch I will not be afraid of using and one that is a sort of "best value". I would like this to be a quality time piece that I can have serviced and give to my son in 20 years.
Here is what I think I've learned so far:
1. I would be looking for a model that had a high production run.
2. 17 jewels. Are there any issues with a 15 jewel models?
3. Waltham, Elgin, Hamilton.
4. Two models that have stood out: Waltham 1883 and Hamilton 992. However, from when I looked into RR watches back in the mid '90s, I understood then that the 992 is a highly sought out model and the prices are up because of that. True?
5. Plain, functional case.
6. Manufactured between 1880 and 1920.
So I am looking for suggestions for finding a plain-Jane model that was still a high quality movement back in the day and where I would look. Thanks for any help.