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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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Rare Hamilton G.C.T. 22 Jewels US Military Pocket Watch
Dec 12, 7:00 PM EST
Rare Hamilton G.C.T. 22 Jewels US Military Pocket Watch
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $100- $10,000
$1806 Bids
Fine Hamilton 23 Jewel 950 Railroad Special Pocket Watch
Dec 12, 7:00 PM EST
Fine Hamilton 23 Jewel 950 Railroad Special Pocket Watch
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $100- $10,000
$2605 Bids
Fine Hamilton 21 Jewels 992 B Pocket Watch
Dec 12, 7:00 PM EST
Fine Hamilton 21 Jewels 992 B Pocket Watch
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $100- $10,000
$1604 Bids
LOT OF 2: HAMILTON GOLD FILLED 940 O/F RR GRADE POCKET WATCHES.
Dec 19, 9:00 AM EST
LOT OF 2: HAMILTON GOLD FILLED 940 O/F RR GRADE POCKET WATCHES.
by Morphy Auctions
Est: $300- $500
$2252 Bids
Group of twelve pocket watches
Dec 06, 11:00 AM EST
Group of twelve pocket watches
by Rago Arts and Auction Center
Est: $800- $1,200
$1252 Bids
HAMILTON 992 GOLD FILLED RR GRADE O/F POCKET WATCH W/ BOX.
Dec 19, 9:00 AM EST
HAMILTON 992 GOLD FILLED RR GRADE O/F POCKET WATCH W/ BOX.
by Morphy Auctions
Est: $200- $300
$1001 Bid
LOT OF 2: HAMILTON 992 O/F RR GRADE WHITE GF POCKET WATCHES.
Dec 19, 9:00 AM EST
LOT OF 2: HAMILTON 992 O/F RR GRADE WHITE GF POCKET WATCHES.
by Morphy Auctions
Est: $400- $600
$2001 Bid
LOT OF 2: HAMILTON GOLD FILLED 950 RR GRADE O/F POCKET WATCHES.
Dec 19, 9:00 AM EST
LOT OF 2: HAMILTON GOLD FILLED 950 RR GRADE O/F POCKET WATCHES.
by Morphy Auctions
Est: $800- $1,200
$4001 Bid
LOT OF 2: HAMILTON GOLD FILLED 927 & 990 POCKET WATCHES.
Dec 19, 9:00 AM EST
LOT OF 2: HAMILTON GOLD FILLED 927 & 990 POCKET WATCHES.
by Morphy Auctions
Est: $300- $500
$1500 Bids
LOT OF 2: HAMILTON OPEN FACE POCKET WATCHES, 956 & 974.
Dec 19, 9:00 AM EST
LOT OF 2: HAMILTON OPEN FACE POCKET WATCHES, 956 & 974.
by Morphy Auctions
Est: $200- $300
$1000 Bids
LOT OF 2: HAMILTON GOLD FILLED 944 & 974 O/F POCKET WATCHES.
Dec 19, 9:00 AM EST
LOT OF 2: HAMILTON GOLD FILLED 944 & 974 O/F POCKET WATCHES.
by Morphy Auctions
Est: $300- $500
$1500 Bids
LOT OF 2: HAMILTON 992 GOLD FILLED RR GRADE O/F POCKET WATCHES.
Dec 19, 9:00 AM EST
LOT OF 2: HAMILTON 992 GOLD FILLED RR GRADE O/F POCKET WATCHES.
by Morphy Auctions
Est: $400- $600
$2000 Bids
BALL-HAMILTON 999 OFFICIAL RR STANDARD O/F POCKET WATCH.
Dec 19, 9:00 AM EST
BALL-HAMILTON 999 OFFICIAL RR STANDARD O/F POCKET WATCH.
by Morphy Auctions
Est: $300- $500
$1500 Bids
Hamilton Antique Pocket watch
Dec 09, 8:00 AM EST
Hamilton Antique Pocket watch
by Keystone Auctions LLC
Est: $75- $125
$250 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Hamilton Pocket Watches


Morphy Auctions

Morphy Auctions

Mebane Antique Auction

Mebane Antique Auction

Rago Arts and Auction Center

Rago Arts and Auction Center

Keystone Auctions LLC

Keystone Auctions LLC