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Recent Hamilton Watch Lookups. Hamilton Pocket Watch Grade # Hamilton # · Hamilton Pocket Watch Grade B #S Hamilton. Serial No.: # Manufacturer: Hamilton. Grade: Size: 12s. Model: 2. Jewels: 17j. Setting: Pendant. Finish: Nickel. Added By: rolltide Profile.
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As a result, information displayed on this site may have inaccuracies. This is to be expected, and we have included an option to report inaccurate information on the result pages so the database can be continually improved. Independent Ingersoll International J. Goddard Luther Goddard M. Merlin in Georgia Guest.
Depending upon which website consulted, the watch dates from through I was struck by Mr.
Barry Goldberg's comments from his web page Barry S. Goldberg's] watch is , which would date it to about according to Shugart's "Complete Price Guide to Watches.
Hamilton often reserved serial numbers ahead of time for special watches and didn't actually produce the watch for years later, and that is the case with my watch. In fact, the hand-written factory records from Hamilton indicate that this particular watch was originally finished on October 23, , sold on April 14, to the well-known Hayden W. Wheeler Company, then returned to Hamilton on May 4, , and finally re-issued to A. Goldberg and received the following reply: I am hoping to locate someone who can assist me with my quest to advise me how I might go about consulting or obtaining information from the hand-written records from Hamilton concerning my family heirloom?
Thank you for taking the time to assist me with this quest. The grade is a 'medium grade' watch, and in this time frame was not generally considered a RR grade movement. There were over , grade movements produced in Pendant set and over produced in Lever set As a member benefit of the NAWCC, one can request information on a specific serial number that give the date finished, date sold, and to whom the movement was sold There is a charge for non-members. Aug 26, 17, Country Flag: To add to what Terry said, the Hamilton Watch Co. From the start, it positioned itself as a manufacturer of quality watches.
At least two of its railroad grade watches were produced in quantities of more than a half of a million each over a period of decades. Production ceased in the U. In seeking information about a watch, it is the serial number on the movement the "works" that is important. Hamilton's pocket watch serial numbers weren't assigned in strict chronological order.
Instead, huge blocks were allocated by watch size. Examination of the Hamilton production ledgers shows that within runs of a grade, there can be several years of variation. Thus, attempts to use serial numbers as anything other than gross indicators of date of production are flawed to a greater or lesser extent.
In general, we think of serial number lists not just for Hamilton, but for other watch manufacturers as well to only be accurate within a year or two at best, and recognize that there are numerous exceptions wherein which the dates may be off as much as 3 years or more. Frederick Sener, William Z. Sener, James Shand, Peter T. Rood and Henry J. Cain of Springfield, Massachusetts represented the Aurora interests.
The Hamilton Watch Company was founded in and set out to serve the railroad market with accurate timepieces. The rugged, precision watch that Hamilton produced became a favorite among railroad watch inspectors and personnel. In fulfilling the railroads' requirements for accuracy, it also filled the needs of the general public for a timepiece of high quality. Miller, vice-president, left Lancaster to become its general manager.
Trademarks of the E. Howard Watch Company were acquired by Hamilton in Although never extremely active in the manufacture of "Howard" watches, Hamilton has produced small quantities under this brand name.
American soldiers during World War I preferred the smaller size and convenience of the wristwatch to the "old-fashioned" pocket watches. This trend caused a major shift in American watch production, with a new emphasis on producing wristwatch models for both men and women. During World War II, Hamilton ramped-up production of several models of chronometer to meet the US Armed Forces particularly the US Navy's need for an extremely accurate timepiece which could be used for navigation at sea. Prior to WWII, such highly accurate instruments were only produced abroad.
The first Hamilton chronometers were delivered to the Navy in February , and at their peak Hamilton was making chronometers per month! Based on the super-reliable B with Elinvar hairspring and mono-metallic balance, the Mod 23 adds a chronograph mechanism, making it one of the most complicated watches produced by Hamilton. Hamilton has always been on the forefront of horological innovation.
The Elinvar hairspring was patented in and used in all movements thereafter. The name Elinvar was derived from the term "Elasticity Invariable" and was the first alloy to resist the changes in elasticity that occur with changes in temperature. In January , Hamilton introduced the world's first electric wristwatch, a breakthrough for the industry and the first basic change in portable timekeeping since the early 16th century.