Hamilton Pocket Watches

Hamilton America’s Finest Watch first watch made was an 18-size 17-jewel pocket watch in 1893. During the next six years, Hamilton had developed a reputation for creating pocket watches of the highest caliber of quality. Within Hamilton's first fifteen years, only two size movements were produced the 18-size and the 16-size. The Broadway Limited, Hamilton first series of pocket watches, was known as the Watch of Railroad Accuracy, and Hamilton became popular by making accurate railroad watches.

The total sales of Hamilton Pocket Watches was fifteen hundred in 1890, but in 1920, the same company sold more than five million time pieces. The increased sales by the company were attributed to the good quality provided by Hamilton. During the time of great depression the sales went down to 2 million but again in 1940’s the company surpassed a sale of 9 million.

In the 1920’s the company hired 750 watchmakers. The 750 watchmakers worked at the Hamilton plant to produce 350 watches everyday. The per-day manufacturing of Hamilton was very low as compared to the per day manufacture of Elgin or Waltham, the rivals at that time. However, Hamilton pocket watches were of better quality and they had a better standard. There were only a few manufacturers, who produced their watches with their own equipment; Hamilton was one of them. No other equipment was allowed because quality was the standard. [..Read More..]

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VINTAGE HAMILTON 17 JEWEL POCKET WATCH MOVEMENT
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18S Hamilton 17J Grade 935 Open Face Nickel Pocket Watch
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Hamilton Vintage pocket watch Circa 1920s Original box and price card
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Ball Hamilton 999 19 J Adj 5P SW LS OF Model 1a Gold Filled Sz 18 Pocket Watch
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1949 Hamilton 992B Railroad pocket watch size 16 Bar Over Crown
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Hamilton Sz 18 LS SW Railroad Case Adj 5 Pos 21 Jewel Grade 940 Pocket Watch
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1918 HAMILTON 992 21 JEWELS SWING OUT POCKET WATCH 16 Size Gold Filled NR
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POCKET WATCH WRIST PRICE GUIDE BOOK Waltham Illinois Hamilton Rolex Omega Ebel
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Vintage 1917 21j Hamilton 16s 1214470 Pocket Watch Working
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Exceptional HAMILTON 992 RAILROAD POCKET WATCH 16s 21j
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Vintage Hamilton Grade 988 Ladies Pocket Wrist Watch Movement
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21 Jewel Hamilton 992 Pocket Watch with Bullseye Crystal
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Hamilton 21 Jewels Grade 940 Pocket Watch
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VINTAGE 16S HAMILTON 992E ELINVAR POCKET WATCH FROM 1931 KEEPING TIME
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Antique Hamilton 992B Railway special 16s 21 jewel Rail Road pocket watch 1946
$255.00 (16 Bids)
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Antique Hamilton 992 16s 21 jewel Rail Road pocket watch Original case Nice
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VINTAGE 18 SIZE HAMILTON POCKET WATCH GRADE 944 FROM 1907 RUNNING
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1911 Hamilton 926 Pocket Watch Size 18 17 Jewels Gold Lettering
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1947 Hamilton 917 Pocket Watch 10 Size 17 Jewels 10K Gold Filled Case Runs
$58.00 (22 Bids)
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VINTAGE 16S HAMILTON 23J 950 ALL CORRECT POCKET WATCH FROM 1951 KEEPING TIME
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62 NOS Pocket Watch Mainsprings Hamilton Elgin Waltham Illinois Rockford Howard
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1902 Hamilton Hunting Pocket Watch 14k Gr 925 17 Jewels Size 18s
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Gold Filled Grade 960 Hamilton Railroad Pocket Watch hand winding mechanical
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Antique Hamilton pocket watch 17 Jewels 20 years Fahys Montauk watch case
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ANTIQUE 14 kt GOLD FILLED HAMILTON WATCH CO POCKET WATCH 19 JEWELS 996 RUNS
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WATCHMAKERS HAMILTON 16 SIZE TRAFFIC SPECIAL KEYSTONE POCKET WATCH CASE
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Rare Ball Hamilton 998E16s Rail Road 23j pocket watch Most amazing Ball case
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OLD HAMILTON POCKET WATCH 14K GF CASE 21 JEWELS 525988 GRADE 940 NR
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14K SOLID GOLD Antique HAMILTON 950 23 Jewel Pocket Watch w ORIGINAL CASE 16s
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Hamilton 992B 22J GCT Military Pocket Watch w US Army Carrying Case
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For each Hamilton Pocket watch produced, there were several labor intensive hours spent. A watch was produced in 7-9 months and sometimes it took almost 12 month to produce certain watches. The time was required because each watch went through a 2-month testing period and each part was tested separately and then assembled again. In the beginning the consumer were focused on the number of the jewels on the watch and the grades, but after some years, the focus changed to style, different dials and beauty.

Hamilton also decided to change the focus toward the beauty of the watch. This change brought with it, more labor-intensive hours. Each watch consisted of almost 150 parts. The total time to produce these 150 parts was around 1000 hours. The completion time was pushed from 7-9 month to 8-11 month.

45% of the cost to produce a watch was spent on the labor, 35% went on overhead and 15% was spent on materials. The production quality was not sacrificed, despite the fact that Hamilton had the lowest production as compared to its rivals. This quality-oriented approach has earned Hamilton pocket watch respect in the collectors’ world.

Hamilton still produces watches and there are several new models available. However, pocket watches are much out of style today, but collectors still like to buy Hamilton Pocket watches. These watches are now considered vintage and people usually pay high dollar to buy Hamilton Pocket Watches. The most sought after watches are the ones made before 1940.

The watch dial 152 is the most popular dial among the collectors. While the most expensive watch movement is watch 468, which can cost from $700-$1000. The watch 468 was manufactured in 1900. As Hamilton Pocket Watches are vintage items, they are usually sold on much higher prices.