Peoria Watch Co. AKA Non Magnetic Watch Co. of America Made for Railroad Service ca.1885
This is a beautiful Non Magnetic Watch Co. railroad pocket watch manufactured by the "Peoria Watch Co." for the railroad industry. The watch is in perfect working order with a near mint double sunk glass enameled dial (no hairlines) and a glass "Bulls Eye" crystal (mint) in a beautiful polished nickel-silver "Illinois Watch Case Co." case. The watch has been serviced April 2019. The bow is tight and is the only place on the watch that shows wear by brassing (extremely common doesn't affect value). The front and back screws on nicely, easily and smoothly. This is an early watch with the raised gold setting jewels. The movement is a quick train with a "Brequet" hairspring. It is an "Adjusted" watch and of "Railroad" grade. Ser. No. 30682. It is Full Plate and has a nice Demaskeen nickel finish on the movement. These watches are very uncommon; evident by very limited information on research sites. Our guess is that very few were made. Also, for you railroad collectors out there, don't forget that this watch was made prior to railroad standards being put into place - so you see some things different than the standard railroad watch; like it being a sidewinder and a larger size 18s. But make no mistake, look carefully, this is a high grade movement for the period it was made. Don't miss this one, I have a feeling we won't see one again anytime soon. This is a larger size pocket watch measuring at 55mm in diameter; however, unlike the really huge ones that can be difficult to handle - this is a nice size and is built like a tank. Thank you.
Proximity Match: Serial #30930
Proximity: 248Manufacturer:Peoria Watch Co.
Manufacturer Location:Peoria, Illinois
Movement Serial Number:30682
Estimated Production Year:1885-1895
Jewel Setting:Pressed Cup/Friction Settings
Standard Dial Type:Double-Sunk
Movement Markings:Non-Magnetic Watch Co.
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