My grandfather passed away last month at the age of 92. After the funeral, my uncle pulled me aside and said he had something for me… a pocketwatch that had belonged to my grandfather when he worked on the railroad (Lackawanna) in the 1940s. According to my uncle (and confirmed by other family members), my grandfather had received the watch from his grandfather, my great-great-grandfather, who also worked for the railroad in the early 1900’s. My uncle gave it to me because he knows I am a railroad fan.
The manufacturer is Illinois Watch Co. and the insides bear the following marks:
Temperature 6 Positions
21 Ruby Jewels
The inside of the back facing is inscribed:
Pilot Warranted 25 Years
along with some other markings I can’t read without magnification.
Also, someone has written on the face of the watch in pencil, in small letters, “Laura.” That is my grandmother’s name, so I am assuming my grandfather added that.
I don’t think the case is gold, although it has some kind of plating that has been rubbed off in some spots around the edges.
The watch still runs if I wind it up, but I can’t adjust the hands to the correct time (I can pull the stem out but turning it does not move the hands).
Thanks to the internet, I’ve determined that based on the serial number this watch was made c. 1907.
- What does “21 Ruby Jewels” mean?
- Is there anything special about this watch aside from the sentimental value?
- Can anyone tell me anything more about what these markings indicate?
- Should I try to get it cleaned and/or fixed?
- Isn’t this kind of cool?
ETA: Crap, wrong forum. Could a mod move this to GQ please?