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 992B 16sz 21 Jewel Railroad Pocket Watch For PARTS or REPAIR
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HAMILTON 992B 21 Jewel Railroad Pocket Watch For PARTS or REPAIR
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Vintage Hamilton Pocket Watch Runs
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Antique Hamilton 1908 Lever Set Size 18 17J Pocket Watch grade 924
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50+ VINTAGE GLASS POCKET WATCH CRYSTALS Hamilton Elgin Waltham STEAMPUNK ART
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Vintage Antique Hamilton Pocket Watch Box Only
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16 Size Hamilton 10K Gold Filled Model A Railroad Pocket Watch Case 992b 950b
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HAMILTON 992 Railroad Grade 21 Jewels 16 size Open Face Pocket Watch
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STUNNING 16s Keystone J Boss BALL MODEL Gold Filled Pocket Watch CASE Hamilton
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Hamilton 18s 17J Grade 926 YGF Pocket Watch
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HAMILTON RAILROAD POCKET WATCH HANDS 16 SIZE BLACK NEW OLD STOCK 992B 950B NICE
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16 SIZE KEYSTONE POCKET WATCH CASE I THINK IS FOR HAMILTON 4992B
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Ladys Vintage 1928 Hamilton Gold Plated Wind Up Pocket Wrist Watch w GF Band
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HAMILTON 669 Traffic Special 16 Size Swiss 17 Jewel Pocket Watch 1955 1957
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RUNNING Ladies Hamilton Clock Ball Watch Necklace Swiss 17 Jewels Pocket WINDup
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HAMILTON GCT GOVERNMENT POCKET WATCH 4992B 22 Jewels
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HAMILTON 21 JEWEL 992 RR GRADE 16 SIZE NICKEL POCKET WATCH RUNS GREAT
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Hamilton 992 Pocket Watch
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Hamilton 21 jewel Gold Filled Pocket Watch Runs great
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Hamilton Pocket Watch Movement Grade 921 Spare Parts Repair
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Hamilton 992b 21j Pocket Watch with Wadsworth 10k Gold Filled Case
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Hamilton Watch Company 17 Jewel Model 974 Gold Filled Pocket Watch Lancaster Pa
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16 Size Pocket Watch Bow 14k Yellow Hamilton PLate ONE PIECE in This Listing
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1945 Hamilton Solid 14k 17j Packard Motor Car Company Pocket Watch NO RESERVE
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EXTRA FINE 1908 HAMILTON SIDEWINDER POCKET WATCH 18SZ 17J 20 YR GOLD FILL CASE
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VINTAGE HAMILTON 992 21 JEWELS POCKET WATCH CIRCA 1930S WORKS
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Hamilton Railway Special Pocket Watch 992B PAWN DEAL
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HAMILTON 956 POCKET WATCH FULL MONTGOMERY RAILROAD DL 16SZ 17 ADJ FOR PARTS REPR
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Hamilton Railway Special 21 Jewel Pocket Watch 992B Nice
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Hamilton 992B Railway Special 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.