My dad returned home last week from Oklahoma and brought with him my Great-Grandfather's Railroad "Santa Fe Special" pocket watch. I'm amazed at the overall condition of it since it had been worn for many years by my Great-Grandfather while working for the Santa Fe Railroad in Oklahoma. After a bit of research and some help from my fellow TKFers, I was able to determine this pocket watch was manufactured by the Illinois Watch Company, which manufactured many watches under several different names. According to the serial number on the movement, this particular pocket watch was manufactured in approximately 1927, only a year before the Illinois Watch Company was sold to Hamilton Watch Company. It appears the Illinois Watch Company manufactured approximately 100,000 watches each year. This pocket watch is in perfect working order. It winds extremely smooth. Also, what's very interesting to me is that the time is set by a lever located beneath the crystal. Like the case back, the crystal unscrews, revealing a small lever that slides out from beneath the dial. Once the lever is pulled out, turning the crown adjusts the time. Once the time is set, the lever is slid back under the dial and the crystal is screwed back on to the case. Another nice feature is that the seconds hand sweeps like a Rolex watch. These pictures were taken BEFORE cleaning and polishing of the case. As you can see, it's quite dirty, as supposedly my Great-Grandfather was known to be a dirty man due to the nature of his work. Shortly after I took these pictures, I used a Cape Cod cloth to clean the case and to remove the super fine, hairline scratches from the case. I'll have to take some "after" pictures, as the end result is nothing short of amazing! The case looks nearly brand new, with no visible dings, dents, or deep scratches. The acrylic crystal is, of course, filled with scratches from daily use. I did apply a small amount of Brasso to clean it up, but I've never been very successful with Brasso. I'm going to order a tube of Polywatch ASAP and go over the crystal one more time. In fact, the case was so clean that my father was afraid to touch it with his bare hands and insisted that I drop it directly back in to the suede baggie in which the pocket watch has rested for many years. My father's going to spend some time looking through old photographs of my Great-Grandfather in hopes to find a picture of him with this pocket watch. The pocket watch will eventually be placed in a display case, along with the photograph if one is found. The pocket watch will remain with my dad and will be passed down to me after his passing - hopefully that'll be a long time from now. This pocket watch is a true family heirloom that will be treasured for many generations. Enjoy the pictures and thanks for reading my story!