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.

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.


1943 4 Hamilton 992B Pocket Watch + Box 10K Gold Filled 21 Jewel Railway Special
$349.00 (1 Bid)
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Hamilton Highest Grade 950B 23 Jewel Lever Set Railroad Pocket Watch
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Hamilton 992B Size 16 gold filled railroad pocket watch 21J runs good
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BALL HAMILTON 999B RR POCKET WATCH 16S OF 21J RUNS
$345.00 (13 Bids)
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GEORGOUS1924 21J Hamilton 992 RAIL ROAD POCKET WATCH
$275.00
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POCKET WATCH HAMILTON 21 JEWEL MODEL 940 RUNNING 18 SIZE
$100.00 (1 Bid)
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Hamilton Railway Special 992b Pocket Watch
$149.50 (9 Bids)
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974 HAMILTON POCKET WATCH
$125.00
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Antique 1938 Hamilton 992 21 Jewel Pocket Watch with Chain and Moose Teeth
$214.50 (2 Bids)
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Hamilton 990 16S 21J Gold train RR approved pocket watch 1903
$102.50 (2 Bids)
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14K 23J Hamilton 950B Factory 17 Solid Gold RR Pocket Watch Ivory Bakelite Box
$4,700.00
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Howard 16s Series 10 21 jewel Railroad Pocket WatchNot Illinois or Hamilton
$128.06 (14 Bids)
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ANTIQUE HAMILTON 23J RAILROAD GRADE 946 18S GF OPEN FACE POCKET WATCHRUNS 0326
$605.00 (29 Bids)
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Vintage 1927 12S 14k Solid Gold Hamilton 922 23 Ruby Jewel Pocket Watch
$800.00
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Ball Official RR Hamilton 21 jewel 16s Chas Bern Chicago loaner pocket watch
$499.00 (1 Bid)
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Nice all original Hamilton 992B Railway Special 21 J 16 size 1950 pocket watch
$325.00
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ANTIQUE HAMILTON POCKET WATCH 18S GRADE 941 RAILROAD 21J RR LEVER SET SIDE WIND
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Nice all original unusual Hamilton 946 23 J 18 size 1905 pocket watch
$999.00
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HAMILTON 4992B 22 JEWEL 16s SCARCE 800 SILVER WWII MILITARY POCKET WATCH
$317.00 (16 Bids)
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Hamilton 992B 10k GF Pocket Watch Elinvar 16s 21j Railway Serviced
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