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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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Hamilton 21 Jewel Railroad Grade 10k G. F. Watch
Apr 25, 10:00 AM EDT
Hamilton 21 Jewel Railroad Grade 10k G. F. Watch
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$558 Bids
HAMILTON 23-JEWEL MODEL 3 AND 21-JEWEL MODEL 1 POCKET WATCHES, LOT OF THREE
Apr 26, 9:00 AM EDT
HAMILTON 23-JEWEL MODEL 3 AND 21-JEWEL MODEL 1 POCKET WATCHES, LOT OF THREE
by Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates
Est: $200- $300
$2008 Bids
8 VINTAGE OPEN FACE POCKET WATCHES
Apr 24, 9:00 AM CDT
8 VINTAGE OPEN FACE POCKET WATCHES
by Jackson's International
Est: $100- $200
$2756 Bids
A lot of three Hamilton pocket watches
Apr 28, 11:00 AM EDT
A lot of three Hamilton pocket watches
by Schmitt Horan & Co.
Est: $400- $600
$2002 Bids
A mid 20th century Ball Hamilton 998E pocket watch
Apr 28, 11:00 AM EDT
A mid 20th century Ball Hamilton 998E pocket watch
by Schmitt Horan & Co.
Est: $400- $600
$2252 Bids
A mid 20th century Hamilton 4992B with Adamson navigation watch case
Apr 28, 11:00 AM EDT
A mid 20th century Hamilton 4992B with Adamson navigation watch case
by Schmitt Horan & Co.
Est: $450- $650
$2252 Bids
An early 20th century Ball Hamilton Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen pocket watch
Apr 28, 11:00 AM EDT
An early 20th century Ball Hamilton Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen pocket watch
by Schmitt Horan & Co.
Est: $350- $450
$1751 Bid
ANTIQUE HAMILTON 14K GOLD OPEN FACE POCKET WATCH
Apr 27, 10:00 AM EDT
ANTIQUE HAMILTON 14K GOLD OPEN FACE POCKET WATCH
by Antique Arena Inc
Est: $100- $150
$501 Bid
A mid 20th century Hamilton 992E Aircraft Navigation Watch for the U.S. Navy with box
Apr 28, 11:00 AM EDT
A mid 20th century Hamilton 992E Aircraft Navigation Watch for the U.S. Navy with box
by Schmitt Horan & Co.
Est: $700- $1,000
$3501 Bid
An early 20th century Hamilton 992 pocket watch with Adjusted for Railroad Service dial
Apr 28, 11:00 AM EDT
An early 20th century Hamilton 992 pocket watch with Adjusted for Railroad Service dial
by Schmitt Horan & Co.
Est: $400- $600
$2001 Bid
An early 20th century Hamilton grade 950 pocket watch
Apr 28, 11:00 AM EDT
An early 20th century Hamilton grade 950 pocket watch
by Schmitt Horan & Co.
Est: $350- $500
$1751 Bid
A Ball Hamilton grade 998 Elinvar 23 jewel Official Standard pocket watch
Apr 28, 11:00 AM EDT
A Ball Hamilton grade 998 Elinvar 23 jewel Official Standard pocket watch
by Schmitt Horan & Co.
Est: $800- $1,200
$4001 Bid
A lot of three American pocket watches
Apr 28, 11:00 AM EDT
A lot of three American pocket watches
by Schmitt Horan & Co.
Est: $400- $600
$2000 Bids
An early 20th century Hamilton 993 with an attractive engraved gold hunting case
Apr 28, 11:00 AM EDT
An early 20th century Hamilton 993 with an attractive engraved gold hunting case
by Schmitt Horan & Co.
Est: $500- $750
$2500 Bids
A Ball Watch Co. Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers pocket watch
Apr 28, 11:00 AM EDT
A Ball Watch Co. Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers pocket watch
by Schmitt Horan & Co.
Est: $1,000- $1,500
$5000 Bids
A lot of three American pocket watches
Apr 28, 11:00 AM EDT
A lot of three American pocket watches
by Schmitt Horan & Co.
Est: $350- $550
$1750 Bids
Four American pocket watches
Apr 28, 11:00 AM EDT
Four American pocket watches
by Schmitt Horan & Co.
Est: $400- $600
$2000 Bids
A Hamilton 3992B pocket watch for the British navy now with work study dial
Apr 28, 11:00 AM EDT
A Hamilton 3992B pocket watch for the British navy now with work study dial
by Schmitt Horan & Co.
Est: $400- $600
$2000 Bids
An early 20th century Hamilton 961 pocket watch with gold hunting case
Apr 28, 11:00 AM EDT
An early 20th century Hamilton 961 pocket watch with gold hunting case
by Schmitt Horan & Co.
Est: $750- $1,000
$3750 Bids
972 Hamilton Pocket Watch Serial Number 334129
May 05, 1:00 PM EDT
972 Hamilton Pocket Watch Serial Number 334129
by Coral Gables Auction
Est: $100- $20,000
$1000 Bids
Hamilton Watch Co. Grade: Missing Data Pocket Watch
May 05, 1:00 PM EDT
Hamilton Watch Co. Grade: Missing Data Pocket Watch
by Coral Gables Auction
Est: $100- $20,000
$1000 Bids
Hamilton Pocket Watch Grade 917 + chain
May 03, 6:00 PM CDT
Hamilton Pocket Watch Grade 917 + chain
by Circle Auction
Est: $150- $250
$750 Bids
Hamilton Railroad Grade Gold-Filled Pocket Watch
Apr 21, 11:00 AM PDT
Hamilton Railroad Grade Gold-Filled Pocket Watch
by Fine Estate Inc.
Est: $200- $400
$1000 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Hamilton Pocket Watches


Schmitt Horan & Co.

Schmitt Horan & Co.

Coral Gables Auction

Coral Gables Auction

Jackson's International

Jackson's International

Berner's Auction Gallery

Berner's Auction Gallery