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.


Hamilton 992B Open Face Pocket Watch Excellent Condtion
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1927 hamilton 992 bar over crown pocket watch
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Hamilton 992B Open Face Pocket Watch 10kt Gold Filled
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Antique Hamilton 992 Railroad pocket watch Excellent Condtion
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LOVELY Hamilton 992B 21j Antique Railroad Pocket Watch needs mainspring
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Hamilton Railroad Grade Pocket Watch 21 Jewel 16S Antique Only 1000 Made In 1919
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1962 Hamilton 16s 21 Jewel 992 B Model 5 Pocket Watch
$195.00 (1 Bid)
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Wonderful 1914 Hamilton 992 Railroad grade Pocket Watch Gold Filled 10k Runs
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Hamilton Pocket Watch 17jewels US Made 917 14K Gold Filled
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ANTIQUE 1918 HAMILTON 992 2ND MOD 21J 10K YGF RAILROAD GRADE POCKET WATCH
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Hamilton 992 Railroad Watch Gold With White Face Pocket Watch
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ANTIQUE 1914 HAMILTON 992 2ND MOD 21J 10K YGF RAILROAD GRADE POCKET WATCH
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EXCEPTIONAL 1945 16S HAMILTON 992B 21J RAILWAY SPECIAL GF POCKET WATCH RUNS
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Hamilton Railroad 992 21J 5 Adj 16S 14K White Gold Filled Pocket Watch Running
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Hamilton 950B Railway Special Pocket Watch 23 Jewels 10k Gold Filled With 10 In
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Vintage 1927 Hamilton 992 Size 16 21 Jewels Pocket Watch
$130.25
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HAMILTON POCKET WATCH BOX ONLY FOR 992B or 950B ANTIQUE BEAUTIFUL Railroad
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1943 WWII HAMILTON 16 SIZE 992B 21 JEWEL MILITARY ISSUE POCKET WATCH TICKS
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16 SIZE HAMILTON 992B 21 JEWEL ANTIQUE POCKET WATCH
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