18 size 17 jewel open face lever-set Burlington Route Special Grade 938 pocket watch. A very rare railroad marked movement featuring a spectacular 2-tone gold and nickel checkboard and snowflake pattern damaskeen finish. Movement is signed Burlington Route. And also features a crescent moon engraving to its barrel bridge.Watch is fronted by its correct double-sunk enamel dial signed Wilbur, Lanphear Co. Who were Galesburg, Illinois jewelers that contracted these movements from Hamilton. Dial is paired with an attractive set of time-zone hour hands. Watch is housed in a coin silver Fahys case with a spectacular gold inlaid train scene to its rear. Movement serial number is 13820. Running though winds somewhat stiffly and I think likely this movement hasn't seen a servicing in a number of years. Very nice looking movement with excellent 2-tone color. Balance jewel setting is a brass replacement. Dial faces up very nicely though with a few slight flaws - a faint hairline to the upper portion of its center section, a small flake to the upper rim of its center hole, a short fine scratch within the left side of the seconds-register, a very small scratch to the right side of its center section, and some slight unevenness to the seating of its seconds-register.
Case is very attractive but I believe its rear design has been re-engraved as it is in crisp condition while the remainder of the case shows a greater degree of normal wear. Please check out my other items this week for more great watches and watch related items for sale. - Check out the NAWCC! The NAWCC (National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors) is a group that has a 65 year history, a terrific online message board for collectors, and the NAWCC puts on many watch and clock shows across the United States every year.
I've been an NAWCC member since 1991 and recommend it to every collector of watches or clocks. The item "HAMILTON BURLINGTON ROUTE SPECIAL GRADE 938 17J 18S RARE RAILROAD POCKET WATCH" is in sale since Saturday, November 28, 2020. This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Watches, Parts & Accessories\Watches\Pocket Watches". The seller is "fhwatch" and is located in Dunbarton, New Hampshire.
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