My dad will be retiring at the end of this year, and I would like to get him a nice retirement gift. He started his career on the railroad, I think it was as a switchman, but he got laid off in the early 1980s and never got a chance to return. My grandfather also worked on the railroad and retired from it. I was looking at railroad pocket watches on ebay, but I quickly realized I'm over my head. There are a lot of imposters there and the prices range greatly from around $50-$700 and up. There seem to be a lot of options in the $200 range, but I can't tell if I'm looking at the real deal or a modern replica.
Anyone have any insight? Or maybe even alternate ideas? I suppose something railroad related isn't really necessary, but I thought it would be something that he would really like.