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WHAT IS A SAFETY PINION YOU ASK?
A safety pinion means if the wheels all of a sudden start to "Whrrrrrrrrr" around uncontrollably the cog will screw off the center wheel and let the main spring "wizzzzzz" in a 3rd of a second down to no power so no damage to the gears or movement will be caused.
ILLINOIS ULTRA RARE 161A 16 SIZE HIGH GRADE RAILROAD POCKET WATCH WELL SERVICED!
STOCK NUMBER # ILL161
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OMEGA RARE RARE RARE "CCCR" CANADIAN RAILROAD MONTGOMERY ENAMEL DIAL POCKET WATCH 23 JEWELS SERVICED 1904
STOCK NUMBER # OM7770------I have for sale a "Blue Moon" piece and it is a Canadian railroad pocket watch indeed. I have only come across 3 others like this Omega in 22 years signed Brandt" with 23 jewels and the movement is signed "CCCR". This is a gold filled hunter case model top of the line Omega "Brandt" piece and under the dial it is signed Omega watch in a circle on th email plate. Across this 16 size Omega "CCCR" movement and case is 53mm. The gold filled lid "pops" perfectly at a 90 degree angle. The case is signed "B&B Royal 25 years". The serial number or this gold filled case is 3,326,972. The dial is factory original and very clean with the inner 13-24 "Canadian" Arabic numbers. The hands are blued medium Omega spade railroad hands. The crystal is glass and not a flaw mint. I have inspected every cog, gear, wheel , hairspring etc and then I proceeded to put it in out extensive wash system, cleaned and dried then inspected again for any residue and when all together again it ticked right away a perfect beat. This is a "Brandt" Omega 23 jewel 16 size lever set stem wind pocket watch and in pristine running condition. The jewels are all in solid gold jewel settings and the center jewel is raised. This is a double roller balance model and the center wheel is a safety pinion. A safety pinion means if the wheel all of a sudden start to "Whrrrrrrrr" around uncontrollably the cog will screw off the center wheel and let the main spring "wizzzzzz" in a 3rd of a second down to no power at all so no damage to the gears or movement will be caused. The damskeen pattered has an inlay of gold for a two tone effect. This 23 jewel "CCCR" model is adjusted wit 5 positions. The serial number is 2,516,471 and places this rare piece to the year 1904, over 110 years old and keeps great time. Well serviced and it will come with a chain and pouch for sure.
My Brandt Omega CCCR pocket watch has arrived and I am ecstatic. Thank you for taking your time in explaining about jewels, Brandt and giving a feeling of security. The chain and knife fob were exemplary touches; again thanks.
Ray xx, xxx, Ph.D.
WALTHAM 23 JEWEL VANGUARD DIAMOND END STONE AND WELL SERVICED 1914
STOCK NUMBER # WALT5180------ This is a top collector's piece from the Waltham watch factories near Boston Mass. This is the famous Vanguard model 1908 with 23 clean and inspected jewels and please note the balance jewel (s) are of genuine diamonds. Even the center wheel is sold gold! This is a 16 size Waltham genuine railroad pocket watch and it is a lever set and stem wind. The dial is enamel and double sunk with the Canadian inner 13-24 Arabic numbers. The case is gold filled and very clean with no personal engravings. The case serial number is 5,000,650 and signed "Derby". The serial number for this well damaskeened Vanguard Waltham movement is 19,087,430 which places this beauty to the year 1914. The crystal is glass and perfect and the hands are Waltham factory thick spade railroad hands. Please also notice on the movement is reads "lossier inner hairspring terminal". This is just a different way of attaching the hairspring to the balance wheel to ease the error factors of time keeping. This one has it all and I don't expect it to last long no kidding around and in time for "HO HO HO"! A pouch and chain will come with this piece at NO extra charge!
850.00 USD Verified paypal
HAMILTON 16 SIZE 992 MOVEMENT AND SIGNED "HAMILTON" CROWN AND CASE WELL SERVICED 1933
STOCK NUMBER # HA3030------ Just freshly serviced and on my pages is this stunning genuine railroad piece of history you can wear every day. This is a signed case and the crown is signed "Hamilton" and has the secure crown bar over it. The case is gold filled and across it is 53mm so this is a 16 size Hamilton made in the USA pocket watch. The dial is double sunk and enamel and as you can see this is an extra fine dial. The hands are Hamilton factory thick spade railroad hands and the glass crystal is perfect not a flaw. The case is with a mirror finish and no personal engravings at all. This case is signed "Wadsworth quality" and the crown once again is signed "Hamilton". The case serial number is 0,392,304. The movement is a stem wind and a lever set at the 2 position. This 992 Hamilton pocket watch has 21 clean and inspected jewels and they are all in solid gold jewel settings as well the center wheel is a solid gold. On the balance bridge it does read "adjusted 5 positions" and on the barrel bridge it reads "double roller". The serial number for this a Hamilton well serviced pocket watch is 2,480,165 and this serial number tells me it is from the year 1933. One wind of this Hamilton signed crown and the balance takes off that's how clean this movement truly is.
775.00 USD Verified paypal
WALTHAM 21 JEWEL "CRESCENT STREET" GOLD FILLED WALTHAM SINGED CASE RAILROAD POCKET WATCH 1926
STOCK NUMBER # WA7190-------I have for sale a Waltham caliber 1908 "Crescent street" model American made railroad pocket watch and please notice the case is signed "Waltham". This is a 16 size movement and it is a stem wind and lever set. The case is gold filled with no personal engravings at all. The case serial number is 9,375,328 and signed once again "Waltham". Across this gold filled Waltham railroad case is 53mm. The crystal is glass and perfect. This is a double sunk Waltham factory enamel dial and it is a Canadian dial as it has the inner 13-24 Arabic numbers. The movement is well serviced and again it is signed "Crescent Street" with 21 clean and inspected jewels. The jewels if you notice are in raised solid gold jewel settings. And please notice the center wheel is solid gold. The serial number for this adjusted to 5 positions 1908 caliber Waltham, movement is 25,679,037 and this serial number tells me it was produced in the year 1926. Well serviced and used on the Canadian railroad system. The hands are thick Waltham factory genuine railroad hands and th Little sweep hand is ornate indeed.
Darryl, Received the 940 the Monday after you mailed it, as you would say, "Safe and sound!" I really appreciate the job you did; it started ticking as soon as the knob was turned and so far any deviation from Railroad Time (Actually WWV in Fort Collins) is scarcely measurable - far better than I expected even from your bench. (Well, it is 102 years old!) All the nice touches including the crystal and case polishing are more than a little appreciated. As soon as the piggy bank is full again I look forward to more dealings with you.
I apologize for the delay in replying, Rather rude I'd say, but then as the ubiquitous "they" say. Life (or something similar) Happens!
Thanks again. Well Done!
WALTHAM CRESCENT STREET "THE THOMAS CO, STURGEON FALLS " WELL SERVICED 1903
STOCK NUMBER # WALT6930-------Here we have a beautiful 18 size Waltham pocket watch and it is a "Crescent Street" signed movement and it is an 1892 model. This is a stem wind and a lever set at the 2 position. The dial is very interesting as it is a private dial made for the "Thomas company Bracebridge North Bay, Sturgeon Falls" and this is in the province of Ontario Canada wayyyy up North! This is a 24 hour Canadian model enamel dial and it is near perfect as well as the medium spade hands. Across this nickel Silver case is 58mm and it is signed Illinois Watch case and the case serial number is 0,335,684. This is a stunning full plate movement and it is with 19 clean and inspected jewels. Notice the jewels are all in gold jewel settings. Again this is an 18 size and rather large. The serial number for this serviced Waltham Crescent street is 12,042,987 which places this gem to the year of 1903 at the Waltham watch factory just outside of Boston Mass. The crystal is glass and perfect and not a flaw to be found ;-) To take out the movement from this case you unscrew and remove the bezel then you pull out the crown to the next notch, then at the 6 position you will see a small groove. Slip a dull knife (don't cut your self) lift the groove up and the movement will come out attached to the case. REMEMBER pull out the crown or it will break off.
ILLINOIS SIXTY HOUR 21 JEWELS BUNN SPECIAL MINTY GOLD FILLED RARE 1928
STOCK NUMBER # ILLINOIS120-------First of all I love to point out flaws right off the bat and on this original enamel Illinois double sunk dial the "8" has been repaired and the price has been adjusted for this. Other than this you have a beauty for sale and it is an Illinois Bunn Special 21 jewel motor barrel. A very high grade and very desirable indeed to own. The case is gold filled and across it is 53mm. The crystal is glass and perfect and the hands are Illinois factory spade railroad hands. The case is with initials on the crest and it is a screw in back. The case is signed "Keystone Watch Case" and the case serial number is 7,963,975. This is a genuine Railroad case as it has a neck micro regulator right under the crown and this will help adjust the winding stem so the action will always be smooth and correct. This is an Illinois Bunn special motor barrel model and the 21 jewels are all in solid raised gold jewel settings. On the barrel bridge it reads "adjusted temperature and 6 positions". This is a double roller balance wheel and this is a 16 size movement and it is a lever set and stem wind railroad pocket watch movement. The serial number for this gem is 5,166,178 and this tells me it was produced at the Illinois factory in 1928 ( Just bought by the Hamilton factory one year prior). This piece is super clean and just freshly serviced the proper way ;-)
BALL "9999B" HAMILTON 16 SIZE RARE 21 JEWEL POCKET WATCH AND WELL SERVICED. 1942
STOCK NUMBER # BALL500-------Here I have a scarce and limited produced Ball Cleveland watch made by the Hamilton watch factory and it is a Hamilton basic model 992B. This is a 16 size piece and the gold filled case across is 55mm. As you can see by the scans there are no personal engravings on this "Fortune" signed case. The serial number for this railroad case is 4,809,874. The dial is in excellent condition and it is a rare Canadian enamel Ball watch dial as it has the inner 13-24 Arabic numbers. The hands are med to thick Ball spade hands and the glass crystal is perfect not a flaw. This is a Variant "2" damaskeened 999B movement as there are three versions of the pattern (Damaskeened) movement, There are 21 clean and extra fine jewels to this movement and they are all in raised solid gold jewel settings. Even the escapement and pallat bridges have solid gold jewel settings and large at that. On the barrel bridge it reads "6 positions adjusted, Ball Watch company, Ohio". And on the other side it reads "Trade Mark Official Standard". The serial number for this Ball Hamilton 21 jewel pocket watch is 1B7687 and the date of production is aprox 1942. This is a stem wind and a lever set movement. This is a stunning piece of railroad history and should be worn as it is fully serviced and all original and again serviced with respect and T.L.C ;-)
the watch has been running flawlessly! With my usage and carrying style, it gains two seconds a day which is outstanding! That is better than my Rolex.
It is now sitting on my desk here at work ticking happily away. The included chain / knife fob has come in very handy; thank you.
I thoroughly enjoy owning and using this fine watch. I look forward to doing business with you again in the future.
Again, thank you.
Jim Stanxxx, D.P.T., O.C.S.
Owner, Big xxxxxTherapy
P.O. Box 1xxx
Blue xxxxxxx, CA
WALTHAM 18 SIZE "C.P.R. BEAVER" 1892 MODEL POCKET WATCH WITH RARE "VERN PICKERSGILL" ENAMEL DIAL
STOCK NUMBER # WALT6660-------I have for sale a very limited produced "C.P.R Beaver" shield Waltham pocket watch and it was made for the Canadian Pacific Railroad...."C.P.R". The case is gold filled and across it is 57mm. This case has no personal engravings at all and it is signed on the inside of the back of this screw in case "Fortune Gold Filled" and the case serial number is 1,301,531 and as you can see this case is in immaculate all over condition. The dial is a genuine enamel "Vern Pickersgill" 24 hour Canadian west coast dial and also very limited in production. The hands are thin to medium Waltham spade railroad hands and the glass crystal is perfect not a flaw. Now for the good part, this is a watch movement that was very limited in production like the Vern Pickersgill dial that sits on this 1892 model movement. This is a genuine authentic model 1892 "C.P.R." Beaver shield piece with 17 clean and inspected jewels and it does read on the barrel bridge "adjusted 5 positions" which is a railroad grade must! Oh I forgot to mention the Vern Pickersgill dial is double sunk which is also a railroad has to be feature. This is an 18 size pocket watch stem wind and lever set at the 2 position. Every cog, wheel, jewel and the balance complete have been inspected and all pieces and all part serial numbers match on both plates so rest assured this is the real deal. The serial number for this Waltham CPR 18 size model 1892 piece is 20,000,285 which tells me it was produced at the American Waltham factory at Waltham Mass in the year 1914 and for sure keeps great time. I must stress this is a rare piece and not common.
WALTHAM "845" MODEL 1892 , 21 JEWELS AND SERVICED COIN SILVER CASE 1909
STOCK NUMBER # WALT5700-------This is a big piece and well serviced just a month ago. I have for sale an 18 size stem wind and lever set caliber 1892 and it is a model "845". This is a coin silver large case and across it is 58mm. There are no personal engravings on this case. The dial is a Canadian double sunk enamel piece and I say Canadian as it does have the inner 13-24 Arabic numbers as the America dials only have 1-12. The hands are thin Waltham spade railroad hands and the glass crystal is perfect not a flaw. The movement has a stunning damaskeened pattern to it and again well serviced. There are 21 clean and inspected jewels to this 18 size Waltham pocket watch and they are all in gold jewel settings. The serial number for this Waltham railroad movement is 17,163,255 which dates this pocket watch to the year 1909. On the barrel bridge it reads "adjusted 5 positions". This is a clean piece and comes like all my timepieces with a 2 year warranty parts and labour unless dropped of coarse ;-)
ELGIN FATHER TIME 21 JEWELS 16 SIZE AND SERVICED GOLD FILLED CASE 1920
WALTHAM VANGUARD WITH SIGNED 23 PRESSED JEWELS VANGUARD ENAMEL DIAL AND SERVICED 1941
STOCK NUMBER # WALT10010-------Here I have a world war 2 era Waltham gold filled railroad pocket watch and as the scans show you it is a 23 jewel model Vanguard and even the enamel dial is signed "23 jewels Vanguard". The case is gold filled and a genuine railroad case. Across this signed "Keystone Victory" case is 50mm. The case serial number is 494,596. This is a 16 size pocket watch and it is a stem wind and a lever set Vanguard model. The serial number for this 23 pressed in jewel pocket watch is 30,840,491 and this serial number tells me this Waltham was made in the USA near Boston in the year 1941 and keeps great railroad time for sure. On a closing note most "Vanguard" signed dials are melamine which is like a hard putty and used in repros. This is the real dial enamel Waltham factory Vanguard signed piece and it is in more than proper condition. Well serviced and ready to go ;-) oh! yes forget to mention the center wheel is made of solid gold
WALTHAM 18 SIZE "VANGUARD 1892 MODEL" POCKET WATCH WITH RARE "VERN PICKERSGILL" ENAMEL DIAL 1907
STOCK NU1BER # WALTHAM44500-------Here is a large beefy Waltham American pocket watch and it's an 18 size in a Silveroid case. Across this big case is 59mm. The case is signed "Silveroid" and the case serial number is 256,000. The back of this case is hinged and very clean indeed as the scans show you crisp and clear. The dial is stunning and it is a Canadian model " Vern Pickersgill dial". Vern Pickersgill was from Winnipeg Manitoba and was in charge of the Western Railroad as a master time keeper and he wanted a dial that was different from the American plain 1-12 Arabic box car number so he had the inner 13-24 Arabic numbers put on the enamel dial and had the 5 minute increments in red put on the outside of the dial to make it easier for multiple time zones as well make the dial exotic in style, as well please notice it is a double sunk enamel piece and quite rare indeed. The hands are thick Waltham spade hands and the crystal is glass and perfect not a flaw at all. The movement is a stem wind and a lever set ,21 jewel , 1892 caliber model Waltham movement and it has been serviced and cleaned properly. There are 21 inspected jewels to this 18 size movement and they are in screw down gold jewel settings. The serial number for this Waltham 1892 caliber model Vanguard railroad movement is 15,038,791 and this serial number places this piece to the year 1907. Clean uniquely Canadian and and keeps railroad time for sure ;-)
ELGIN FATHER TIME 21 JEWELS 16 SIZE AND SERVICED GOLD FILLED CASE 1920
ILLINOIS 21 JEWEL BUNN SPECIAL 60 HOUR AND SIGNED GOLD FILLED BUNN CASE
WALTHAM 21 JEWEL MODEL 645 GOLD FILLED CASE "CHOO CHOO TRAIN ON BACK" RAILROAD POCKET WATCH 1914
STOCK NUMBER # WALT45-------I have for sale a Waltham caliber 1908 model 645 genuine American made railroad pocket watch and please notice the choo coo train engraving on the back of this case. This is a 16 size movement and it is a stem wind and lever set. The case is gold filled and it is a swing out case. The case serial number is 2,207,045 and signed "crescent C.W.Co, 25 years warranted". Across this gold filled choo choo train case is 53mm. The crystal is glass and perfect. This is a double sunk Waltham factory enamel dial. The movement is well serviced and again it is signed 645 with 21 clean and inspected jewels. The jewels if you notice are in raised solid gold jewel settings. The serial number for this adjusted to 5 positions 1908 caliber Waltham, movement is 19,078,138 and this serial number tells me it was produced in the year 1914. Well serviced and used on the American railroad system ;-)
ILLINOIS SANGAMO 23 JEWELS 16 SIZE WELL SERVICED 1913
STOCK NUMBER # ILLINOIS6660-------I offer for sale a highly jewelled Illinois Sangamo 23 jewel model pocket watch and it is a true high grade railroad piece used for the American railroad system. This is an enamel dial with lines in it and it has the outer 1-60 number track with each 5 increments in red such as 5,10,15,20,25,30, etc. The hands are Illinois medium spade hands and the crystal is glass not a flaw to be found. Across this gold filled railroad case is 52 mm so it is a 16 size by American standards. The case is signed Philadelphia Watch case company Victory and the case serial number is 4,450,592. The movement again is well serviced and it is a stem wind and lever set model. The 23 clean and inspected jewels are all in gold jewel settings. On the barrel bridge it does read adjusted to temperature and 6 positions and isochronism . The serial number for this Illinois Sangamo pocket watch is 2,519,736 which tells me it was produced in the year 1913 and keeps railroad time for sure. A nice piece with a very high jewel count and well maintained even before I serviced this Illinois Sangamo pocket watch.
HAMILTON MODEL 940 18 SIZE GENUINE RAILROAD POCKET WATCH AND SERVICED 1907
STOCK NUMBER # HAM340-------A perfect running serviced Hamilton pocket watch and it is an approved railroad piece for sure. This is a large 18 size pocket watch from the Lancaster PA factories of Hamilton and just freshly serviced. This is a base metal genuine Railroad case and it is 55mm across. This case is signed "Emperor" and the case serial number is 734,219. The dial is enamel and nice extra clean condition. The hands are Hamilton medium spade railroad hands and Hamilton hands they are. The glass crystal is flawless not a scratch nor a mark. The movement is a stem wind and lever set. There are 21 clean and inspected jewels and they are all perfect. This is a Hamilton model 940 and it reads on the barrel bridge "Adjusted 5 positions". This is a very clean piece and the year of production is 1907 and I determine this fact from the serial number on the movement 600,736 :-)
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WALTHAM 18 SIZE MODEL 1892 23 JEWEL VANGUARD GENUINE RAILROAD POCKET WATCH 1903
STOCK NUMBER # WALT30-------This is a large Waltham model 1892 18 size stem wind and lever set genuine railroad pocket watch and just cleaned, oiled and serviced properly so expect a great time keeper. This case is a genuine chromed railroad case and clean indeed. Across this case is 55mm and and signed "Illinois watch case" and the case serial number is 0,249,178. This a Spartan model Illinois case and please notice there are no personal engravings. The dial is enamel and double sunk as well Quite clean. The hands are Waltham medium spade hands and the glass crystal is perfect. The movement again is a 1892 model stem wind and lever set with 23 clean and inspected jewels. Please notice the balance jewel is a diamond and the jewels are all in raised gold jewel settings. This is a beautiful damaskeened movement and again serviced to the hilt!. the serial number for this 18 size Vanguard 23 jewel movement is 12,589,017 and this number tells me it is from the year 1903 and even though it is younger than "ME"!! it is a great time keeper and warranted like all pieces for a full one year parts and labour for sure ;-)
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WALTHAM VANGUARD LOSSIER MODEL 16 SIZE UP AND DOWN WIND INDICATOR WELL SERVICED ALL ORIGINAL 1926
STOCK NUMBER # WALTHAM60-------First things first, this is the genuine original enamel dial and it is not perfect with lines but clean and crisp is this Waltham original up and down dial and the price has been adjusted for this fact as the rest of this Waltham Vanguard is excellent and a dynamite time keeper. This is a gold filled case and it is a railroad case at 52mm across. The crystal is flawless and glass. The hands are thick Waltham railroad spade and the sweep had is a Vanguard model hand. The case is signed "Cashier A.W.C.Co" and the case serial number is 3,721,801. This movement is in sparkling clean condition as it has been freshly serviced with each and ever spoke, wheel, cog, jewel inspected then cleaned to perfection. There are 23 pure and inspected jewels to this Vanguard Lossier model pocket watch from the Waltham USA made factories near Boston Mass. The jewels if you look will be in raised gold jewel settings and even the center wheel is solid gold!. On the barrel bridge it reads "Adj 6 positions" so again this is a genuine Canadian railroad up and down Vanguard pocket watch as the inner 24 hour Arabic markers tells me it is and was used on the Canadian railroad system. This is a stem wind and lever set at the 11 pm position and as it sits in front of me and I am writing down this small essay, it ticks away like Mozart to my ears!!! The back of this case is a screw in and there are no personal engravings at all to be found on this case. On closing note the serial number for this Vanguard serviced wind indicator 16 size pocket watch is 25,342,557 from the year 1926
WALTHAM "VANGUARD " UP AND DOWN DIAMOND BALANCE JEWEL----> RARE REPLACEMENT UP AND DOWN DIAL 1911
STOCK NUMBER # WALTHAM20-------Rarely but it happens, a conductor / engineer will drop his watch, it can also fall off the chain and many other reasons may be why the dial cracked, chipped and the watch then needed to be cleaned and free from any debris that could stop the cogs and wheels from keeping perfect time. The engineer would then at the next stop where the county certified railroad pocket watch person would be stationed at, the dial would be replaced and a new one would be sent ASAP but until then the "replacement" dial would be put onto the pocket watch and given back to the conductor or engineer. I have such a piece right here and freshly serviced, oiled and timed to perfection. The dial is a genuine Waltham factory replacement dial made for the American railroad system and as you can see the wind window is very different from the enamel wind window. This is a highly sought after dial and with the perfect operation movement it is a killer piece and multi times on the rare side. These days it is soooo easy to use the word rare but when I tell you "Rare"........ it is!. This dial is NOT made over seas, not made in a cave near Zimbabwe but factory original Waltham. This is a gold filled railroad case and across it is 50mm and this case is gold filled signed "Star Watch Case". The serial number for this case is 8,307,127. This is a Waltham 16 size stem wind and lever set wind indicator model 1908 movement and there are 23 closely examined and inspected ruby jewels. I will tell you both the balance cap jewels are made of genuine diamonds. Make note of the center wheel is solid gold and there are two caps on the pallat and the escape wheel, held down by screws. The rest of the perfect ruby jewels are all in raised gold jewel settings and perfect!. On the barrel bridge it is written "adjusted 5 positions". The serial number for this genuine railroad pocket watch is 18,037,501. This is the most popular of all Waltham wind indicators as it is a "Vanguard" series and as the scan shows you it is in pristine running perfect order. The crystal is glass not a flaw and the hands are totally original. On a closing note there are no personal engravings on this case to be found. Serviced, rare dial and ready to go ;-)
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If you were in the market for a watch in 1880, would you know where to get one? You would go to a store, right?
Well, of course you could do that, but if you wanted one that was cheaper and a bit better than most of the store watches, you went to the train station!
Sound a bit funny?
Well, for about 500 towns across the northern United States , that's where the best watches were found.
Why were the best watches found at the train station?
The railroad company wasn't selling the watches, not at all.
The telegraph operator was.
Most of the time the telegraph operator was located in the railroad station because the telegraph lines followed the railroad tracks from town to town.
It was usually the shortest distance and the right-of-ways had already been secured for the rail line.
Most of the station agents were also skilled telegraph operators and that was the primary way that they communicated with the railroad.
They would know when trains left the previous station and when they were due at their next station.
And it was the telegraph operator who had the watches.
As a matter of fact, they sold more of them than almost all the stores combined for a period of about 9 years.
This was all arranged by "Richard", who was a telegraph operator himself.
He was on duty in the North Redwood, Minnesota train station one day when a load of watches arrived from the East.
It was a huge crate of pocket watches. No one ever came to claim them.
So Richard sent a telegram to the manufacturer and asked them what they wanted to do with the watches.
The manufacturer didn't want to pay the freight back, so they wired Richard to see if he could sell them.
So Richard did.
He sent a wire to every agent in the system asking them if they wanted a cheap, but good, pocket watch.
He sold the entire case in less than two days and at a handsome profit.
That started it all.
He ordered more watches from the watch company and encouraged the telegraph operators to set up a display case in the station offering high quality watches for a cheap price to all the travelers.
It didn't take long for the word to spread and, before long, people other than travelers came to the train station to buy watches.
Richard became so busy that he had to hire a professional watch maker to help him with the orders.
That was Alva.
And the rest is history as they say.
The business took off and soon expanded to many other lines of dry goods.
Richard and Alva left the train station and moved their company to Chicago -- and it's still there.
YES, IT'S A LITTLE KNOWN FACT that for a while in the 1880's, the biggest watch retailer in the country was at the train station.
It all started with a telegraph operator: Richard Sears and his partner Alva Roebuck!
Bet You Didn't Know That!!!
Now that's History!!!!!