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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Pocket watch Hamilton 1901
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VTG HAMILTON 992 DBL ROLLER 21 JEWEL POCKET WATCH FOR PARTS OR REPAIR V22
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hamilton cal 974 size 16 17 jewel open face gf pocket watch
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VINTAGE POCKET WATCH 1902 18S HAMILTON 21J 940 RUNS VERY NICE
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900 910 hamilton pocket watch parts bal wheels hamilton 12s ex wheel
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Hamilton Pocket Watch S16 Running 17J Cleaned Oiled New Mainspring 956
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1948 HAMILTON 992B 21J RAILWAY SPECIAL 16S POCKET WATCH RUNS WELL NO RSRV
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Hamilton 942 18 size Railroad Grade 21j Lever Set Pocket Watch
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Railroad Pocket watch Hamilton Railway Special 992B 21J Gold Filled MINT
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HAMILTON 910 OPEN FACE POCKET WATCH FOR MAJOR RESTORATION
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1920s Old Vintage 1928 Hamilton Wrist Watches Brunswick Pocket Watch Print AD
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1920 BALL HAMILTON WATCH CO POCKET WATCH 21 JEWELS ADJ 5 POS 0005 glcm
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Hamilton Pocket Watch Grade 976 only 4460 made c1899
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Vintage Hamilton 992 16s 21j Pocket Watch Railroad Grade
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Vintage Pocket WRIST Watch HAMILTON MAIN SPRINGS LOT of 30+ MANY SIZES
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Hamilton Watch Co 992 21 Jewel Railroad Pocket Watch Two Tone Case RUNNING
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1919 Hamilton 16 size 21 jewel Open Face Pocket Watch 992 Keeps OK time
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Hamilton Watch Co 992 21 Jewel Railroad Pocket Watch w Freemason Symbol GF
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Hamilton Pocket Watch Model 974 Silvertone Case Works 17 Jewels
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Hamilton Antique Pocket Watch Production Ledger Purchased From Factory
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WATCH POCKET WATCH MAINSPRINGS LOT Hamilton Bulova Rockford Illinois
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Hamilton 14K solid gold pocket watch
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Hamilton Antique American Pocket Watch Original Box Papers 1922
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HAMILTON POCKET WATCH17 JEWELSRUNS AND LOOKS GREATLANCASTER PA
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VINTAGE ANTIQUE 21 JEWEL GRADE 960 970 HAMILTON UNIQUE POCKET WATCH RUNS GREAT
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NEW NOS Hamilton Pocket Watch 16s Open Diamond Hands Hour Minute 210
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Fantastic Hamilton 992B 16 size 21 jewel Antique Railroad Pocket Watch St Steel
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18S Hamilton 21J 940 Open Face Swing Out Silver Filled Pocket Watch
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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.