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Close-up of steam locomotive engraving.

 
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Double sunk Arabic dial marked "Santa Fe Route" and Waltham above the second bit.

 
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Another view of the dial

 
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Waltham 18 size, 17 jewel, Openface, Lever Set, Model 1883, Serial No. 6514907 Manufactured 1894 Movement marked with "Santa Fe Route"

 
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Yellow gold filled screw back and bezel Illinois Watch Case Co. "Giant" 20 year case.

 
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case back inside

 
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Waltham Single sunk Radial Bold Arabic numerals, Railroader style dial with Santa Fe Route logo, and Waltham above second bit.

 
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Waltham 18 size, 17 jewel, Openface, Lever Set, Model 1883, movement, Serial No. 7454484 Manufactured 1896

 
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Movement close up

 
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Case back

 
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Yellow gold filled hinged front and double hinged back Keystone case.

 
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Here is one of my favorite Waltham's, I bought it from Ron Wilson a retired CPR locomotive engineer I used to work with, he had used it earlier in his career when he started as a wiper on January 2, 1946 and was promoted as a fireman on January 16, 1946. He told me that his uncle, who was a farmer, gave it to him.

 
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It comes with a Triple Sunk bold Arabic 24-hour Waltham, wind indicator dial.

 
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Waltham Movement 16 size, 23 jewel, wind indicator, Serial No.25343147 Manufactured in 1926. Adjusted 6 Positions, Lossier Inner Terminal Hair Spring

 
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Movement close up.

 
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It is cased in a Fortune, yellow gold filled case made by the American Watch Case Co. in Canada. Their factory was in Toronto, Ontario, with Ron Wilson's initials on the back.

 
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Case trademark.

 
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One interesting aspect about this pocket watch is the repair mark numbers scratched into the case back by Calgary watchmaker George Forbes Ritchie, who serviced railway pocket watches, carried by CPR train crews from 1917 to 1970, all his repair ledgers were donated to the Glenbow Museum, I have made photocopies of these ledgers, he used a memory system for each ledger, starting with the alphabetical prefix letter from his name RITCHIE, as you can see in the photo, he started with the right-hand column in the I, and finished with the left hand column in the T's. So every time locomotive engineer Ron Wilson took his pocket watch for inspection, cleaning, and repairs, they are all noted from 1946, into the 1960s when Ron like many other railway men purchased one of the new Acutron wristwatches, many of them trading in their pocket watches for a $25 discount. Fortunately for me Ron put his pocket watch aside, it had a broken mainspring when I bought it from him.

 
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Ritchie repair marks of cleaning and repairs of Ron Wilson’s 16 size Waltham, Wind Indicator:

September 1946 Clean Job Number I-3830
October 1946 Staff & Balance Jewel Job Number I-3854
December 1947 Clean Job Number I-4388
April 1949 Clean Job Number I-5034
January 1950 Staff & Balance Jewel Job Number I-5411
August 1950 Clean Job Number I-5697
December 1951 Clean & Mainspring Job Number I-6330
May 1953 Clean Job Number I-6971.
November 1954 Clean Job Number I-7576
May 1956 Clean Job Number I-8160
November 1957 Clean Job Number I-8762
May 1959 Clean Job Number I- 9361
November 1960 Clean Job Number T-0388
November 1963 Clean Job Number T-0919
June 1965 Clean Job Number T-1391
November 1966 Clean & Mainspring Job Number T-1816
May 1968 Clean Job Number T-2194
 
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Ron Wilson's CPR seniority list:

 
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Ron Wilson's Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers Division 355, Calgary, Alberta membership card

 
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