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Craig Duling

Craig Duling's fascination with timepieces goes back at least to his college days, when he built a digital clock from scratch for his senior year physics lab class. Currently the head of Heritage Management Services, a business management firm in San Francisco, Craig Duling is also a significant collector of rare antique pocket watches. Pocket watches are often associated with images of 19th-century railroad conductors consulting them as steam trains left the station. This close attention to correct time was essential. In the 19th century, most trains traveled in both directions on single sets of tracks. Sidings were placed at regular intervals to allow trains to pass safely. Printed timetables showed the arrival and departure of trains, as well as when they were waiting in sidings. This system depended on accurate watches. The problem with this became evident in 1891 when two trains in Ohio had a head-on collision, killing nine people. Investigation disclosed that the engineer's watch on the passenger train had stopped and restarted, making it four minutes slow. This tragedy prompted railroad officials to set up standards for pocket watches. These specifications mandated that watches share a common design, as well as being reliable, easy to read, and impervious to extremes of temperature.

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Guide to start collecting Pocket Watches by Craig Duling

Pocket watches will never go out of style. Their functionality is forever present from its beginnings in the 16th century and through the 21st century. The first watches produced in the 16th century were known as “Nuremberg Eggs” and could hardly be characterized as the...


History of the Railroad Timepiece Pt 2

Among collectors, the railroad watch has come to have a special significance, charm and lasting value. The continued attraction of railroad watches remains strong due to their esteemed value and romantic dignity. Since the railroad watch is a time piece of exacting precision, historical significance...


A Synopsis: Case Combinations and Movements

CASE IN POINT Trends in Antique Early American Pocket Watch Manufacturing Once ubiquitous as the archetype of America’s golden era, the American-made mechanical watch has gradually succumbed to mass-produced disposable quartz imports; inexpensive overseas manufacturing; and rapid proliferation of digital and online technologies. For nearly 100 years,...


The Fusee Movement

The Fusee – A Temporal Adventure “Punctuality gets marked as a morally elevated thing.” Robert V. Levine, social psychologist and author of A Geography of Time (June 1997) For primitive humans, the passage of time was understood as a series of transitions -- darkness yielded to light; the phases of...


History of the Railroad Timepiece

Quintessential of the early American railroad is the enduring image of a handsomely-suited train conductor dutifully looking down at his pocket watch. Even more important than appreciating its symbolic significance is to acknowledge that the operation of entire North American railroad system relied upon the...


The Strike That Struck A Watch

In November of 1940, the Hamilton 992B was introduced and initial shipments commenced. It boasted new design features, a monometallic balance and the new “Elinvar Extra” hairspring, and interchangeability of parts. The design improvements quickly made the 992B the universal standard for the railroad watch...