Founded in 1870 in Springfield, Illinois, the Illinois Watch Company sold its first watch movement under the name Springfield Watch Company in 1872. The inaugural model was the Stuart, followed by the Mason, the Miller, the Currier, and finally the Bunn Special, a railroad watch that would become a cornerstone of the Illinois pocket-watch lines.
Most of these early pocket watches were key-wound,...
This was to prevent changing the time by mistake when winding it. He forgot to wind it one day so he had to set the time.
Do you now there was dummy out there that didn't know that?? He unscrewed the face and used a the head of a stick pin to set the hands.
When the wrist watch battery starts to fail, there is a built in warning. That's neat that you were able to get the watch back to family. "spnudge Wrote: ------------------------------------------------------- By then most of the crews Nudge I guess they sort of migrated along with the railroad eh? Lee Ziegler, brakeman, was living in San Rafael at the time of the 1971 IJ article covering the San Rafael local.
The second hand starts to pause only 2 to 3 times in 5 seconds. Amazing that the watches have endured and will endure. A few posts back I fielded you a question that you probably didn't see. Back in 1955, in the wonderful article of the Sausalito freight business from that year, the NWP switched Sausalito MWF and three of the crew were Sausalito residents: Charles Dubs, Lee Ziegler, and Thomas Tanneyhill. This shows the migration of the crews toward the railheads. Googling the Ziegler name I found something interesting.
There is a tiny tab of metal sitting down in the threads that is part of the lever. Then you can twist the stem to set the proper time.
I almost forgot to add, Seiko does a great job rebuilding a wrist watch. Only trouble was they sent it to Puerto Rico instead and it bounced around there for another 7 days days before it finally headed to Oregon. He owned a watchshop at Third and Townsend and his obituary said he was the official watch inspector for the Santa Fe. William Lee Ziegler was married to a Western Pacific clerk. When I first hired out in 1972 I got a Hamilton pocket watch, silver, because pocket watches were to me part of the railroad tradition.
Thought some of the folks on here might be interested about some watches.
When I hired out in engine service on the SP in April 1969 , I had to get a railroad approved watch.
But I wonder if the obituary made a mistake and Ziegler was really an SP watch inspector. I used that watch for a few years until one day I banged my watch pocket really hard on the side of a car.
There was no external damage evident but something broke inside as it stopped working.