The Kansas City Railroad Pocket Watch television commercial
This commercial describes the Kansas City Railroad Pocket Watch that commemorates the Jesse James gang robbery of conductor C.A. Alford’s train, which included the theft of his pocket watch.
On January 31, 1874 the Gads Hill Missouri train robbery took place by the notorious Jesse James Gang, robbing passengers clean of gold bars, jewelry and guns. Among the stolen treasures on that fateful day was the conductor Mr C.A. Alford’s own pocket watch. Made by elite master craftsmen of the day. Legend tells this beautifully hand made time piece was returned by Jesse James himself. To record the event in history we are proud to present the limited edition Kansas City Railroad Pocket Watch.
Certified by the American Historic Society. This beautifully intricate timepiece commemorates the old west in all it’s glory. handsomely adorned with beautiful round Silvertone bezel and intricately cut case and back to reveal it’s captivating skeleton movement. This complexity of springs, sprockets, cogs and gears is mesmerizing. Sure to make a statement wherever it’s worn, The Kansas City Railroad Pocket Watch features a sturdy butterfly hinge and brilliant Silvertone stem wind and stemset for accurate battery free performance day and night. Skilled artisans and master craftsmen have complimented this nostalgic pocket watch with perfectly paired pocket chain and fob. Both in stunning Silvertone.
Now you can celebrate the beauty and intricacy of this astounding timepiece for the low price of only $19.99. Each Kansas City Railroad Pocketwatch comes complete with certificate of authenticity.
We are proud to make this once in a lifetime opportunity, certified by the American Historic Society. Available only for a limited time so call or click now and reserve yours today for the incredible TV price of only $19.99. The Kansas City Railroad Pocket Watch is also available in beautiful yellow gold tone.
Claims and phrases in this ad and what they really mean:
- What the commercial said: Certified by the American Historic Society
- What some people might think that means: This pocket watch is rare or historically significant and authentic
- What it really means: It is important not to confuse the “American Historic Society” (a commercial enterprise) with The American Historical Society or Association, which is a recognized historic society. Some may think the use of “Historic Society” is a deceptive attempt to confuse people with the real Historical association.
This is the wording shown on the image of the “certificate of Authenticity” shown at the kansascitypocketwatch.com website:
This Certificate of Authenticity attests to the fact that the “Kansas City Railroad Pocket Watch” was produced in limited quantities, authenticated and inspected for quality and certified in Collectible Condition by the American Historic Society.
Is the Kansas City Railroad Pocket Watch certified to be rare, historically significant and authentic?
Based on the Certificate of Authenticity, this is what is certified:
- The Kansas City Railroad Pocket Watch is produced in limited quantities – but it does not confirm what that quantity is. A search of the kansascitypocketwatch.com does not give us any information on how many of the pocket watches are being produced. It could be 100, 1000, 100,000, or 1,000,000.
- The pocket watch is “authenticated and inspected for quality”. From this we can see that someone inspects the watch for quality, but we are given no information on what the quality standards are or what is inspected – or how. The certificate also says it is “authenticated”, but does not clarify what it is authenticated for. This statement of “authenticated” seems nonsensical and meaningless.
- The watch is “Certified in Collectible Condition” – but without any guidelines telling us what “collectable condition” is or what is required to certify it, this claim is meaningless to us.
- What the commercial said: Skilled artisans and master craftsmen have complimented this nostalgic pocket watch
- What some people might think that means: The watch must be well made because artisans and master craftsmen say it is
- What it really means: The announcer claims that artisans and master craftsmen have complimented the watch. We are not told what about it they complimented or what the compliment was. The commercial also does not tell us who these artisans or craftsmen are. Some people might consider this claim to be deceptive or even completely false – or at least baseless.
- What the commercial said: handsomely adorned with beautiful round Silvertone bezel… brilliant Silvertone stem… stunning Silvertone
- What some people might think that means: This watch is made of silver
- Is it made of silver?: “Silvertone” is nothing more than cheap, low cost metal. The Kansas City Railroad Pocket Watch has no silver in it
This commercial for The Kansas City Railroad Watch seems to try and make us think the $19.99 trinket is actually a valuable collectors item and may try to confuse viewers with the use of the “American Historic Society”. For a full review of the Kansas City Railroad Pocket Watch, click HERE.
UPDATE: To see photos of the inside of the watch, see this page: Kansas City Railroad Pocket Watch Teardown