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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Very Rare Beaitiful Solid 14K Gold HAMILTON 17J Pocket watch 1902 MINT TESTED
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Hamilton 917 Pocket Watch Conversion Vintage Styling Pilot Watch
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1902 Hamilton 18s 21 Jewel Grade 940 Pocket Watch
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VINTAGE HAMILTON 992 21J 10K GF RAILROAD GRADE POCKET WATCH NICE No Res
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16 Size 10K GF Keystone Mainliner Style Railroad Pocket Watch Case Hamilton 992e
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Hamilton 21 Jeweled 16s Railroad Grade 992B Pocket Watch 10K Gold Filled Case
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Vintage Hamilton Pocket Watch
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Vintage 16 Size 10K GF Keystone Mainliner Railroad Pocket Watch Case Hamilton
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C 1968 Hamilton Railroad Grade 992B Vintage 21J 10K GF Open Face Pocket Watch
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HAMILTON POCKET WATCH PARTS 16 SIZE HOUR AND MINUTE HANDS CARDED
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Hamilton Pocket Watch Movement Grade 917 Jewels Spare Parts Repair
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HAMILTON POCKET WATCH 16s 17 jewel 974
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Hamilton Pocket Watch
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16 S 10K GF Illinois Bunn Special Model 28 Railroad Pocket Watch Case Hamilton
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ANTIQUE POCKET WATCH 19 JEWELS HAMILTON WATCH COMPANY W BOX FLAWLESS WATCH
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HAMILTON RAILROAD POCKET WATCH MODEL 2 CASE EXCELLENT
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1938 Ball Hamilton 998 Elinvar 23J 16s 2 Star Pocket Watch Ball Case
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1904 Hamilton Pocket Watch 992 21 Jewel 16S
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1932 HAMILTON 992 RAILROAD POCKET WATCH MOVEMENT RUNNING WELL
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1940s Ball Hamilton 999B 21J 16s Pocket Watch Ball Case w Stirrup Bow Box Car
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old antique Hamilton 21 jewel 921 Pocket Watch Movement gold filled case
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HAMILTON Vintage 21 Jewel Pocket Watch Lever Set Runs Good
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Hamilton 978 Complete Running Pocket Watch Movement Spare Parts Repair
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Vintage 1938 USA 17 Jewels 12s HAMILTON 14K Gold Filled Mens Pocket Watch
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1947 Hamilton 992B 16s Pocket Watch RAILROAD Standard HAMILTON Case Serviced
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Hamilton Vintage pocket watch Circa 1920s Original box and price card
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16S 17 JEWEL HAMILTON POCKET WATCH
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Hamilton 992 Elinvar Railroad 21J Sz 16 SW LS Fahys 14K GF Pocket Watch in Box
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Vintage 1948 Hamilton 10s 17 Jewel 917 Ruby Running Pocket Watch Movement To Fix
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Rare Ball Hamilton 998E16s Rail Road 23j pocket watch Most amazing Ball case
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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.