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    Railroad wristwatches...question?

    I was wondering, I have tried to collect an example of every railroad approved wrist watch (US only) and according to the price guide book there is a 'Croton Rail Timer', has anyone ever seen or heard of a Croton Rail Timer? I need this one and a Universal Geneve. I have at least seen plenty of the UG's on eBay but no Croton.......
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    Re: Railroad wristwatches...question?

    Quote Originally Posted by sixtysix View Post
    I was wondering, I have tried to collect an example of every railroad approved wrist watch (US only) and according to the price guide book there is a 'Croton Rail Timer', has anyone ever seen or heard of a Croton Rail Timer? I need this one and a Universal Geneve. I have at least seen plenty of the UG's on eBay but no Croton.......
    Croton was not a US company so I doubt if it was 'Rail Road Approved' unless you are referring to the post 1950s when the designation lost all meaning.
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    Re: Railroad wristwatches...question?

    Yes, these are wrist watches not pockets....so post 1950.

    I guess the question is still up...has anyone ever heard of seen a Croton Railroad Timer wristwatch?

    The list I have is:

    Ball (several models both 21 and 25 jewel auto and manual wind)
    Bulova Accutron
    Bulova Quartz
    Croton Railroad Timer
    Elgin BW Raymond
    Eterna Sonic
    Hamilton Electric
    Longines Ultronic
    Pulsar
    Rodania
    Seiko
    Citizen
    Sharp
    Universal Geneve Unisonic Railrouter and model 1205 manual wind
    Wyler (both quartz and automatic)


    Here are photos of my collection so far....

    https://forums.watchuseek.com/album.php?albumid=771
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    Re: Railroad wristwatches...question?

    Good luck. They all look to be in fairly good shape. Nice collection.
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    Re: Railroad wristwatches...question?

    Thanks! I guess the Croton RailTimer is a rare bird if no one has ever seen or heard of one.......
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    Re: Railroad wristwatches...question?

    Well I've done searches on at least 10 different search engines, and the only result is this thread! Although I have seen a few pictures of Croton (NY) railroad station.

    Anyway, if I find I've got one in one of my project boxes, I'll let you know.
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    Re: Railroad wristwatches...question?

    Quote Originally Posted by Marrick View Post
    Well I've done searches on at least 10 different search engines, and the only result is this thread! Although I have seen a few pictures of Croton (NY) railroad station.

    Anyway, if I find I've got one in one of my project boxes, I'll let you know.
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