Today, I was looking at one of Roy Ehrhardt's books,American pocket watch encyclopedia volume 1. On pg. 152, there's a 1902 catalog reprint,it shows their 18s railroad grades.Well, there's 2 unusual statements I've never seen before.One is "any movement in first two rows furnished with steel escape wheel on special order".The other thing is, at the end of the description for the 21 jewel Dueber Watch Co. grade, it states "for Railway Service." Those were always considered RR grade, but not usually advertised that way.That kind of proves that those were a true RR watch after all.I can't remember seeing an ad for that watch that actually says it was RR grade, even though it has all the necessary ingredients! I thought the steel escape wheel thing was pretty unusual, must have been about the time railroads started clamping down on that. I've owned this book since it came out, and never noticed this before....Ted.
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