The very first railroad watch

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    The very first railroad watch

    Not the first as used to time trains, but the first American watch designed and marketed especially as a railroad watch. American Watch Co Crescent Street 1870 model. Waltham was still producing the old 1857 model when this 15j new top of the line 18s was introduced in 1870. Mine was made in 1872, it is key wind and set, bouth from the back. Adjusted to temperature and positions. Total production of the 1870 Crescent Street keywind was 9900, and the price was US$50 in 1870. The design differs from the older 1857, it looks more like the 1877 and 1879 models that would follow. This watch is in a coin silver recase and needs a clean.





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    Re: The very first railroad watch

    very cool. Interesting to see how their precision regular evolved...

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    What a beautiful example is this, I love the hands and the regular is great never seen it before!

    Congrats with it!

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    Re: The very first railroad watch

    It looks like it may have it's original screws since they seem to match. Nice catch!
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    Re: The very first railroad watch

    If that's the original dial, it is simply exquisite~Cheers!

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    Re: The very first railroad watch

    Excellent piece, congratulations. I, also, find the hands quite attractive.
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    Re: The very first railroad watch

    Nice early key wind key set American Watch. I really like the regulator as well as those hands and numerals.

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    Re: The very first railroad watch

    I cannot think of any challengers in your well chosen category of designed and marketed for the earliest r.r. Nice to see the differences from subsequent same model. Is an 1874 nail set (push rather than pull lever) still a r.r.? I suppose so since original has no lever. Therefore then only U.S. r.r. watch not keywind and set without the traditional lever?

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    Re: The very first railroad watch

    Just to add, the Crescent Street was the only grade Waltham produced in the 1870 model.
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    Re: The very first railroad watch

    Art, yours is also a 1870 model Crescent Street, the hunter case/stem wind version. Both were watches used by railroads at the time this model came out. This was well before criteria for railroad standard watches were set. The Crescent Street was especially marketed by Waltham for use on railroad service.
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