There were also pocket watches given to railway staff as a promotional gift during the NSWR, NSWGR, NSWTD era's also RailCorp, Freight Rail and Freight Corp also provided promotional gifts, just not 100% sure if they provided watches to their railway staff
I wouldn't like anyone to cast the watches personally, there are people who do fraud other people by deceiving them to buy so-called genuine railway items - A company from India is apparently re-creating fake cast iron NSWGR railway signs and selling them highly priced for a thing that will rust away is just an example if the quality you'd be looking for if you want someone to cast these watches
If your lucky to find the watches, just a warning they are quite priced right! I have seen a few PTC and SRA watches at Dom's Watches here in Wagga however, that was some time ago so I'm not sure if Dom's Watches will have any available now! I've also seen a few station clocks at the same shop again they are highly collectible and expensive
I do have a SRA station clock which I am lucky to have, but I will need to replace the face glass and get it working! Would be nice on my bedroom wall
Pocket watches were issued to ASM's, SM's, Guards along with Acting Drivers and Drivers during the NSWGR days. When the PTC came into operation there was a move away from the pocket watch to wrist watches, the old Pocket watches originally were quite large with the next and last batch being much smaller in size. The original ones were better and much more rugged but age did affect them.
I was issued with one of the smaller pocket watches when I qualified as Acting Driver in 1972, and kept in until going to the ETR in 76 when I had to hand it back owing to section change. In 78 going back to steam section (as it was still called) I had to hand that watch back and got a new wrist watch, but it was in for repairs more than I wore it. When needing repairs you had to hand it back to the Principal clerk at your depot and they issued a replacement which was to be handed back when the old one came back.
On retirement after 40 years service, usually drivers were allowed to keep their issued watch also they were given a gold watch for their time on the job. As I was medically retired a few years short of the 40 years I got nothing.
The old pocket watches were the most sort after as IIRC they were generally all Rolex brands, Swiz made, as the move to wrist watches began the old ones were sometimes offered for sale to the last person who had been issued with them, I received a Lauros when going to the ETR, not sure of the brand when going back to steam section, problem we had with wrist watches was they got damaged when on single line sections with changing the staff on the fly, did not matter whether you wore them with the face on the inside of the wrist or outside, as the sling would go up the arm and under the armpit with the metal staff often hitting the watch face as it rebounded at the wrist area. I was one of many who wore the watch with the face on the inside of the wrist.
I still do, old habits.