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 992 HI GRADE RAIL ROAD POCKET WATCH FINE 21 JEWEL 5 ADJ LS VINTAGE 1924
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Antique Hamilton 990 16s 21j Rail Road Pocket Watch w Amazing Case
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1948 Hamilton 992B Railway special 16s 21 jewel Rail Road pocket watch C217640
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992 HAMILTON 21 Jewel Railroad POCKET WATCH Movement running
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Hamilton pocket watch 992E Working and Nice
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Awesome 1920 16S HAMILTON 992 21J Railroad Original 25 Yr Case Pocket Watch
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Vtg Hamilton Pocket Watch Case 16 Size Steel Model 15
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Hamilton pocket watch working condition very clean
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VINTAGE 992B HAMILTON POCKET WATCH WITH 10K RGP CASE
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ANTIQUE MANS HAMILTON OPEN FACE POCKET WATCH 21 JEWELS MODEL 992
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Vintage Hamilton GF WORN BACK BOC Bar Over Model 2 Case Pocket Watch 992 B
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ANTIQUE MANS HAMILTON OPEN FACE POCKET WATCH 17 JEWELS
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10s Hamilton 917 1 Pocket Watch Movement 17 Jewel X81858 1941 OF
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Hamilton pocket watch hands and balance wheels balance springs
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Antique Hamilton type 1 992 16s 21 jewel Rail Road pocket watch Beautiful case
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BIG HAMILTON WATCH Co POCKET WATCH IN BOX 117gr
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Vintage Hamilton BACK Stainless Steel BOC Model 2 Case Pocket Watch 992 B
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Scarce Antique Hamilton 18 S Railroad Grade 944 Pocket Watch No Reserve
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Hamilton 17 Jewels movement 917 14k GF Pocket Watch Working
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NEW 434MM LOW DOME MINERAL GLASS POCKET WATCH CRYSTAL FITS MANY HAMILTON 992B
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HAMILTON WATCH Co USA 924 GRADE 18 SIZE 17 JEWELS POCKET WATCH MOVEMENT 1917
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1947 Hamilton 992B 21 Jewel Gold Filled Railroad Pocket Watch Movement
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Vintage Hamilton GF To Tone Stainless Steel BOC Model 2 Case Pocket Watch 992 B
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Hamilton Grade 935 Hunting Case 18 Size 17 Jewel Pocket Watch
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Hamilton Grade 943 18 Size 21 Jewel Hunting Case Pocket Watch
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Hamilton 4992B 22 Jewel WW2 Master Navigation Pocket Watch
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vintage Hamilton 992 pocket watch project in not working condition
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HAMILTON POCKET WATCH CARRY CASE
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Hamilton 992 Railroad Grade 10KT White Gold 21 Jewel Pocket Watch 1921 Lever
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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.