23 Jewel Hamilton Grade 946 Railroad Pocket Watch with Family Crest
U.S.; Hamilton; Railroad; Man’s; Serial# 1,409,185; CA1919
CASE: The yellow gold-filled, 18-size, open face case features a
DIAL: This white porcelain dial displays Arabic numerals, outside
minute track and has
MOVT: This 23-jewel, lever-set movement with lever escapement is
nickel with a full plate layout and is signed.
C 3 (The case is in very good
D 3-50 (The dial is in very good
condition, hairline(s) barely visible)
M 3 (The movement is in very good
R 7.5 (Rarity on a scale of #1 being
very common to #10 being extremely rare)
Experts Opinion: The crest is freehand and done with extreme detail.
The swing-out style case protects the white porcelain Montgomery style
Mandatory for all railroad watches after roughly 1908, this kind of
pocket watch was set by opening the crystal and bezel and pulling out
the setting-lever (most hunter cases have levers accessible without
removing the crystal or bezel), which was generally found at either the
10 or 2 o'clock positions on open-faced watches, and at 5:00 on hunting
cased watches. Once the lever was pulled out, the crown could be turned
to set the time. The lever was then pushed back in and the crystal and
bezel were closed over the dial again. This method of time setting on
pocket watches was preferred by American and Canadian railroads, as
lever setting watches make accidental time changes impossible. After
1908, lever setting was generally required for new watches entering
service on American railroads.
About 1904 the Montgomery dials began to appear on some RR watches. The
distinguishing feature of the Montgomery dial is that each minute is
numbered around the hour chapter. The five-minute divisions are in red,
and the true Montgomery dial has the number "6" inside the minute
register. These dials are favored by the railroad men.