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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

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HAMILTON AN 5740 US AIR FORCE POCKETWATCH
Jun 22, 1:00 PM EDT
HAMILTON AN 5740 US AIR FORCE POCKETWATCH
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Est: $800- $10,000
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HAMILTON GOLD-FILLED POCKETWATCH
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HAMILTON GOLD-FILLED POCKETWATCH
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Est: $100- $200
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HAMILTON RAILROAD POCKETWATCH
Jun 22, 11:00 AM EDT
HAMILTON RAILROAD POCKETWATCH
by Freedom Auction Company
Est: $100- $200
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HAMILTON POCKETWATCH
Jun 22, 11:00 AM EDT
HAMILTON POCKETWATCH
by Freedom Auction Company
Est: $100- $200
$704 Bids
HAMILTON POCKETWATCH
Jun 22, 11:00 AM EDT
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Est: $100- $200
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HAMILTON WATCH CO. MODEL 952 A GOLD FILLED OPENFACE RAILROAD GRADE WATCH
Jun 24, 4:00 PM AEST
HAMILTON WATCH CO. MODEL 952 A GOLD FILLED OPENFACE RAILROAD GRADE WATCH
by Leonard Joel
Est: AUD500- AUD800
AUD4500 Bids
HAMILTON RAILWAY SPECIAL MODEL 992B A GOLD FILLED OPENFACE RAILROAD GRADE WATCH
Jun 24, 4:00 PM AEST
HAMILTON RAILWAY SPECIAL MODEL 992B A GOLD FILLED OPENFACE RAILROAD GRADE WATCH
by Leonard Joel
Est: AUD500- AUD800
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HAMILTON WATCH CO. LANCASTER PA. MODEL 950 A 10CT GOLD FILLED OPENFACE RAILROAD GRADE WATCH
Jun 24, 4:00 PM AEST
HAMILTON WATCH CO. LANCASTER PA. MODEL 950 A 10CT GOLD FILLED OPENFACE RAILROAD GRADE WATCH
by Leonard Joel
Est: AUD800- AUD1,200
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A Hamilton G.C.T 24H Pocketwatch
Jun 23, 12:00 PM EDT
A Hamilton G.C.T 24H Pocketwatch
by Locati LLC
Est: $350- $500
$1750 Bids
Art Deco Hamilton pocket watch, 46mm case featurin
Jun 19, 9:30 AM BST
Art Deco Hamilton pocket watch, 46mm case featurin
by Ewbank's
Est: £40- £60
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10K Rolled Gold Hamilton Rail Way Special and a Elgin Pocket Watch
Jun 23, 5:30 PM EDT
10K Rolled Gold Hamilton Rail Way Special and a Elgin Pocket Watch
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$700 Bids
1920 Hamilton Grade 992 Model 2 16s 21j Open Face Fahys GF Case Working Seconds
Jul 08, 9:30 AM EDT
1920 Hamilton Grade 992 Model 2 16s 21j Open Face Fahys GF Case Working Seconds
by Figlio Designs LLC
Est: $900- $1,500
$4400 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Hamilton Pocket Watches


Freedom Auction Company

Freedom Auction Company

Leonard Joel

Leonard Joel

Ewbank's

Ewbank's

Locati LLC

Locati LLC