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Posted 4 years ago


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I decided about a week ago that I would like to buy a pocket watch. My mom told me that apparently my great grandfather had one, and that she had it, somewhere. After scouring the house, I found it in the attic. It does not work, and I would like to get it fixed. I have been researching, and this is what I have found:
-Hamilton (on the dial)
-Hamilton Watch Co.
Lancaster Pa.
21 Jewels
SN 388597

Checking the serial number in a database online, I found that the watch was made in 1904, and is a Grade 992 watch. The watch is set in a Wadsworth Referee case, numbered 2018271.

I would like to know all I can about this watch, or case, and would appreciate any info you all might provide. Thank you.


  1. pw-collector pw-collector, 4 years ago
    Grade: 992
    Movement Serial Number:388597
    Estimated Production Year: 1906
    Run Quantity: 600
    Size: 16s
    Jewels: 21j
    Jewel Material: Ruby
    Jewel Setting: Gold Settings
    Movement Configuration: Openface
    Movement Finish: Nickel
    Model: 1
    Movement Setting: ?
    Plate: 3/4 Plate
    Double Roller: Yes
    Adjusted: Yes
    Adjusted to Positions: 5
    Railroad Grade: Yes

    It should be a lever set movement.
    The 1911 booklet, The Timekeeper by the Hamilton Watch Co. describes the No. 992 as the 16-size Railroad Timekeeper of America.
    Open-face, nickel, 3/4 - plate movement, lever-set, 21 fine ruby jewels in settings, double roller escapement, steel escape wheel, micro metric regulator, Breguet hairspring, double-sunk Montgomery Numerical dial, compensation balance, adjusted to temperature, isochronism and five positions.
    Like all Hamiltons, a perfect timepiece. Very popular on all the railroads of America and equally popular with all other men who carry it.
    This watch will be cased by the jeweler in any style case that the purchaser desires.
    Price, movement only .............. $30.00
    No. 993 is same as the 992 except for the hunting case.
    Price for movement only .......... $30.00
    Any Railroad Timekeeper we sell we equip with a Numerical Dial without extra charge.

    Find a reputable watchmaker in your area that can service your watch and find the correct minute & seconds hand before winding it.

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