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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Antique Hamilton 17 Jewels Pocket Watch 20 YR Gold Filled Case WORKS
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Hamilton 992 Pocket Watch movement non running or complete and similiar parts
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Vintage Hamilton 992b railway special pocket watch
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Antique Hamilton 974 16 size 17 jewel pocket watch running good
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HAMILTON WATCH CO RAILROAD GRADE POCKET WATCH MODEL 992 21 JEWELS SIZE 16
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Hamilton 12s 19J grade 900 pocket watch with original box and papers running
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BOXED HAMILTON 992 ELINVAR RAILROAD POCKET WATCH 10 MODEL CASE
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21 Jewels 18 size 941 Hamilton Pocket Watch Runs 14K Gold Filled Hunting Case
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ANTIQUE HAMILTON WATCH CO 17 JEWEL POCKET WATCH 974
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HAMILTON 12S 17J 914 GRADE POCKET WATCH IN A ROLLED GOLD PLATED ART DECO CASE
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VINTAGE 4992B HAMILTON 16s POCKET WATCH MOVEMENT 22 JEWELS O F MILITARY
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OLD VINTAGE HAMILTON POCKET WATCH 992 DOUBLE ROLLER 21 JEWELS
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Vintage Hamilton 992 B Railroad Pocket Watch New Staff Just Cleaned UnmarkedCase
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Vintage 1922 Hamilton 914 Pocket Watch 12s 17j Ornate mint case
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VINTAGE HAMILTON 960 POCKET WATCH 21 JEWEL ADJ5 POSITION RUNS GOOD
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VINTAGE HAMILTON POCKET WATCH 17 JEWEL RUNS
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RARE Complete VTG HAMILTON Size 10 Pocket Watch Movement 21 Jewels Cal 921
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Vintage Hamilton 992 16s 21j Pocket Watch Railroad Grade
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Antique Hamilton Pocket Watch 14K Gold 917 17 Jewels 30s 40s
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Antique Hamilton 940 18s 21 jewel Rail Road pocket watch Beautiful watch 1919
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Wear your pocket watch on a wrist holder fits elgin hamilton illinois
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Antique Pocket Watch Hamilton Size 18s Silverode Case 21 Jewels Adjusted Repair
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Hamilton Mens Pocket Watch Serial66875 Working 17 Jewel Size 16 Made 1901
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HAMILTON MODEL 912 12 SIZE 17J POCKET WATCH MOVEMENT PARTS OR REPAIR LY400
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16 Size 23 Jewel Hamilton 950 14K Solid Gold Railroad Pocket Watch Running
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Hamilton 16s USA Salesmans Display Presentation Snap On Pocket Watch Case E2743
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Vintage Hamilton pocket watch movement 18 size model 924 made in 1907
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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.