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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HAMILTON POCKET WATCH 21 JEWEL 992 RAILROAD APPROVED 16 SIZE RUNNING
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Vintage Hamilton 14kt Gold Filled Pocket Watch
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Hamilton Grade 990 21 Jewel Pocket Watch ORIGINAL STORE TAG NR
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Hamilton 950B 23Jewel pocket watch 10kt gold filled
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Hamilton Pocket Watch Model 974 Silvertone Case Works 17 Jewels
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CLEAN 1913 HAMILTON 974 MODEL 1 16S 17J DUEBER CASE POCKET WATCH RUNNING
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1915 HAMILTON 974 16S 17J 10K GF POCKET WATCH Runs
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Hamilton 992B Railway Special pocket watch 21 jewels 10K gold filled
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NICE ANTIQUE 1904 HAMILTON GOLD FILLED 10 SIZE 17 JEWELS POCKET WATCH RUNS WELL
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1920 s hamilton pocket watch
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Vintage Hamilton 992 16s 21j Pocket Watch Railroad Grade
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18 size Hamilton 940 pocket watch shipping case
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HAMILTON WATCH CO 18 SIZE 17 JEWEL 924 POCKET WATCH WORKS GREAT
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801882 HAMILTON WATCH CO LANCASTER PA 17 J POCKET WATCH
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Hamilton Model 23 Navigational Pocket Watch
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Hamilton Pocket Watch Grade 669 Traffic Special Swiss c1938
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NEW 434MM LOW DOME MINERAL GLASS POCKET WATCH CRYSTAL FITS MANY HAMILTON 992B
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Hamilton Pocket Watch Grade 978 excellent condition c1916
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ANTIQUE 16S HAMILTON GRADE 974 PRIVATE LABEL 17 JEWEL POCKET WATCH
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Vintage Hamilton 669 Traffic Special 17J 16s Open Face Pocket Watch 10K RG Case
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Vintage 1928 12S 17 Jewel HAMILTON 912 Pocket Watch Runs
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HAMILTON 10 SIZE 912 OPEN FACE POCKET WATCH 14 KT WHITE GOLD FILLED CASE
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ANTIQUE LATE 40s HAMILTON 992B RAILWAY SPECIAL 21 JEWELS 10K GF POCKET WATCH
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Hamilton Antique Pocket Watch Production Ledger Purchased From Factory
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Antique Vintage Hamilton Pocket Watch 17 Jewels Lancaster PA Working
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Hamilton 990 Pocket Watch 16 Size Railroad 21 Jewels 1905Very Good Condition
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HAMILTON Military Watch Shock Absorber Case WWII for 4992B 992B pocket watch NOS
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VINTAGE POCKET WATCH 1901 16S HAMILTON 976 RUNS 16 JEWELS
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Hamilton 1916 grade 910 model 1 12s 17j Gold Filled pocket watch running
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HAMILTON MODEL 992 RAILROAD POCKET WATCH 21 JEWEL 1929
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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.