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What watch goes with this box?

I found this amazingly preserved watch box couple weeks ago. I can't seem to find what watch goes with it though.... Any help is greatly appreciated! Hopefully someone can help out, thanks.

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Posted May 7, 2017 - 11:46pm

As indicated by the box, the 'Clipper' was a model that spanned a number of years, styles and variation, (ie Yankee Clipper, Midnight Clipper, Royal Clipper, American Clipper, Golden Clipper etc.)

There was also a model named just 'Clipper' so this box would have a particular watch that it belongs to.

The tag with 'Train Timer' is interesting as that looks to be a model name that we have yet to come across. The model number '1181' may shed some light on this.

It all seems to be amazing condion.

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Posted May 8, 2017 - 4:18pm

This is an interesting combination of boxes and tag. I do see in the pricelists that 'Train Timer' is a model name used after 1958 (it is listed in the 61 and 64 lists). The model number reference 1181 is not listed in the available pricelists. None of the listed 'Train Timer' models has a price of $71.50.

I have identical Clipper display boxes, however the outer boxes also have Clipper on the lid; wereas yours states Self-Winding. Not sure if they came with either. Also, this style of box was used around 1955 through 1961. The nice condition of both display and outer boxes you have suggests they are original together.

Of the many Clipper models - there were a variety of Yankee/Midnight/and Sea Clipper models at the $71.50 pricepoint. I wonder what the Train Timer model looked like; perhaps similar to a Clipper.

Thanks for sharing,


Geoff Baker
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Posted May 9, 2017 - 5:46am

I might alternately suggest that they do not go together at all. Hypothetically they could have been inadvertently combined in a jewelry store 60 years ago. Is it possible that the "Train Watch" was an early railroad approved watch that we haven't discovered yet? Clearly the clam shell case is for a Clipper, as Ken states mid to late 1950's but the outer box could have come from a completely different model. I don't know much about railroad approved watches but wonder if self winding would have been allowed.

Either way, very nice condition on both.