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Hamilton Pocket Watches

Hamilton pocket watches play an integral part in Pennsylvania’s precision timepiece past. Taking root in the city of Lancaster around the turn of the century, the Hamilton workshop rapidly grew into one of North America’s most respective timepiece producers.

The Hamilton Watch Company began in 1892. Taking its name from James Hamilton, the owner of the land where the watch works company was built, Hamilton set its sights on becoming a producer of incredibly precise timepieces. So dedicated were they to this goal that they soon became the watch of choice for those working on the railroad.

Already popular in the early years of the 20th century, Hamilton Watches continued to innovate, ensuring their longevity as a brand. The year 1912 witnessed Hamilton’s first wristwatch design, and in 1928, Hamilton acquired another leader in the field, the Illinois Watch Company, which secured Hamilton’s status as a perennial presence in watch-making history.


Quick Facts

  • The first model of pocket watch produced by Hamilton, Style 936, came to market in November 1893. An 18-size, 17-jewel pocket watch, this style can be identified by its engraved serial number included on the inner watch works
  • During World War II, Hamilton shifted its production almost exclusively to watches for the military
  • The heritage of the Hamilton Watch Company lives on today: purchased in 1971 by the Société Suisse pour l’Industrie Horlogère, it has been a subsidiary of the Swatch Watch Company since the mid-'80s

Recommended Items at Auction

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Very Fine Hamilton 21 Jewel 992 B Pocket Watch
Oct 26, 6:00 PM EDT
Very Fine Hamilton 21 Jewel 992 B Pocket Watch
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $10- $1,000
$26011 Bids
Very Fine Hamilton 21 Jewel 992 B Pocket Watch
Oct 26, 6:00 PM EDT
Very Fine Hamilton 21 Jewel 992 B Pocket Watch
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $0- $0
$1509 Bids
Hamilton 992 21J pocket watch
Oct 22, 9:00 AM EDT
Hamilton 992 21J pocket watch
by Chupp Auctions & Real Estate, LLC
Est: $25- $200
$2008 Bids
Hamilton 992B, Pocket Watch
Oct 23, 9:30 AM EDT
Hamilton 992B, Pocket Watch
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$1757 Bids
Vintage Hamilton Railway Special 21 J Pocket Watch
Oct 26, 6:00 PM EDT
Vintage Hamilton Railway Special 21 J Pocket Watch
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $10- $0
$1506 Bids
Hamilton 992B Pocket Watch
Oct 23, 9:30 AM EDT
Hamilton 992B Pocket Watch
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$1755 Bids
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HAMILTON GOLD-FILLED POCKET WATCH
Oct 29, 11:00 AM EDT
HAMILTON GOLD-FILLED POCKET WATCH
by Eldred's
Est: $150- $250
$1005 Bids
Vintage Hamilton Railway Special 21 J Pocket Watch
Oct 26, 6:00 PM EDT
Vintage Hamilton Railway Special 21 J Pocket Watch
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $10- $1,000
$2005 Bids
Hamilton 992B, Pocket Watch
Oct 23, 9:30 AM EDT
Hamilton 992B, Pocket Watch
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$1254 Bids
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HAMILTON GOLD-FILLED OPEN FACE POCKET WATCH
Oct 29, 11:00 AM EDT
HAMILTON GOLD-FILLED OPEN FACE POCKET WATCH
by Eldred's
Est: $150- $250
$904 Bids
Hamilton 14K Gold-Filled Pocket Watch c. 1932
Oct 23, 10:00 AM EDT
Hamilton 14K Gold-Filled Pocket Watch c. 1932
by Atlanta Auction Gallery, ltd
Est: $150- $300
$501 Bid
FOUR OPEN FACE POCKET WATCHES
Oct 25, 6:00 PM PDT
FOUR OPEN FACE POCKET WATCHES
by O'Gallerie
Est: $200- $300
$1001 Bid
Men’s Vintage Hamilton 982 Caliber 19 Jewel Watch
Oct 23, 10:00 AM MST
Men’s Vintage Hamilton 982 Caliber 19 Jewel Watch
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$101 Bid
An Open Face Hamilton Pocket Watch
Oct 23, 1:00 PM EDT
An Open Face Hamilton Pocket Watch
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $225- $2,250
$2250 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Hamilton Pocket Watches


Mebane Antique Auction

Mebane Antique Auction

Eldred's

Eldred's

O'Gallerie

O'Gallerie