I recently came across this unusual 122 year old vintage Elgin pocket watch, in excellent running condition. It's also in mostly excellent condition physically. It is a Canadian railroad-style with two hour hands, one in Blue and the other in Gold. They are currently set one hour apart, although I see no reason why they couldn't be moved to a two or three hour separation point.
The inner scale is marked from 13 to 24 for the 24-hour military type timekeeping also. The crown is located at 12 o'clock, unlike most railroad pocket watches. It is stem/crown wound and also set by the typical crown extension method. Both the front cover/bezel and the rear cover are the threaded screw-off type. When the bezel is removed, there is a notch exposed in the movement housing at the 2 o'oclock position. Apparently this movement housing was used for the manufacturing of both standard stem-wound and lever-set mechanisms. This watch was definitely created before railroad standards were established in the early 1900s.
The watch case is Silveroid, 7-13 jewels, with a flat glass crystal. There are a few small marks on the case, but it is really pretty nice. The crystal has a some surface scratches, and the dial, with sunken second hand, is nice and clean white-faced with a couple of hardly noticeable hairlines, except under magnification. Overall, I think this one is a keeper...unless someone talks or trades me out of it.
Following are a couple photographs:
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I hope you enjoy this rare and unusual antique pocket watch!