AbslomRob's Watch Collection

  Back when I started collecting, I picked up a nice 17 jewel T. Eatons and Co watch without a balance. Back then I assumed I could find a replacement. It still sits in my drawer, but that experience led me to buy this rather nice 15j Eatons. Originally, I thought to try to ressurect the higher-quality 17j movement. However, as I started to work on this movement, I realized that this was actually an extremely nice watch in its own right. All the plates are serialized (and match up). Additionally, the balance wheel, the mainspring barrel and the mainspring cover also have the last three digits of the serial inscribed in them. The case shows no other screw marks, making this possible the most "all original" vintage pocket watch I presently own. So I decided to simply restore this one to its original glory.
  The design of the balance regulator indentifies this as a Gallet made watch. The brand (like so many others) has been "revived", but while I don't always trust the posted history of these companies, the history on the Gallet home page (at least as far as the early 20th century goes) seems pretty accurate. Based on that, this movement was built especially for Eaton's as part of an "Interocean" line of watches. It isn't clear if any of these Gallet movements were "Railroad Grade" in Canada or elsewhere, but there's some nifty features on both this and my 17j movement that suggest that they could have been. One of the most "obvious" features of a railroad watch is that its lever set, and clearly these aren't...or are they?
  If you look closely at the movement shot, you'll notice that there's three screws up near the crown gear. One is obviously the case screw, another is obviously a plate screw, and if this was a wristwatch you might imagine the third screw is a stem release...except it has no business on a watch like this. What it actually does is poke through the other side of the plate, into a hole in the stem lever. When screwed down, it holds the stem in place so that pulling out the crown won't engage the hands, thus preventing you from accidentally changing the time. In effect, it gives this watch the same level of function as a lever-set watch, from a railway standard. I'm not sure if this particular watch could have ever been considered "Railroad Grade", but Canadian railway requirements weren't necessarily as strict as American. Regardless, the 17j version could easily have passed.
  Another nifty feature (?) is seen on the pallet fork; it uses a screwed in post. Never seen that on a pallet fork before.