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Posted 4 years ago


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1892 Hamilton pocket watch. This watch was given to me by my Dad. It belonged to my Great Uncle. I believe it only had one year in production. Works great!


  1. pops52 pops52, 4 years ago
    Very nice!
  2. Jono Jono, 4 years ago
    Thanks Pops!
  3. shawnicus shawnicus, 4 years ago
    woof nice piece Jono!!
  4. solver solver, 4 years ago
    Very nice, Jono, and the sentimental value makes it priceless.

    I believe this is a No. 970. If you open the back and get the serial number that is on the movement --- not the case --- you can get information by inputting the serial number. Go to the this Web page and make sure you pick "Hamilton" since the default is "Elgin."

    Info on the case, courtesy of the National Association of Watch & Clock Collectors: "The Crescent Watch Case Co. started in Chicago, IL in 1882 as the Chicago Watch Case Co. In a few years, it moved to Brooklyn, NY and was renamed the Crescent Watch Case Co. Another move landed it in Newark, NJ. In 1904, it was merged with other case companies to become part of the Keystone Watch Case Co." According to that site, your case is gold-filled, denoted by the star and crescent trademark.

    Here is a Crescent ad from 1901 showing the trademark:

  5. Jono Jono, 4 years ago
    Thanks solver! Here is the info...

    Grade: 1

    Movement Serial Number:629266
    Estimated Production Year: 1880
    Run Quantity: 1000
    Size: 16s
    Jewels: 7j
    Movement Configuration: Hunting
    Movement Finish: Gilt
    Model: 3
    Class: 25
    Movement Setting: Lever
    Plate: 3/4 Plate
    Barrel: Going
    Train: Quick
    Adjusted: No
    Railroad Grade:
  6. Jono Jono, 4 years ago
    I added a picture of the movement
  7. solver solver, 4 years ago
    Hi, Jono. My quick, poorly-written post confused you. The serial number you used [629266 ] is for the gold-filled Crescent case, NOT the Hamilton pocket watch; there aren't records to get info on the case, according to the Website I gave you above. Hamilton wasn't producing pocket watches until the end of 1892 so the date of production for the record you provided jumped that it couldn't be correct.

    The serial number for your open face pocket watch, looking at your new photo, IS 4626 (if I am reading it correctly) and it's 17 jewels. I put in the 4626 serial number and it produced the following info, stating your watch is a Grade 934, not a 970 as I guessed earlier:

    Grade: 934

    Movement Serial Number: 4626
    Estimated Production Year: 1894
    Run Quantity: 800
    Size: 18s
    Jewels: 17j
    Movement Configuration: Openface
    Movement Finish: Nickel
    Model: 1
    Movement Setting: Lever
    Plate: Full Plate
    Adjusted: Yes
    Adjusted to Positions: Unknown
    Adjusted to Temperature: Yes
    Railroad Grade: Yes

    Here is the page with the result for serial number 4626:
  8. Jono Jono, 4 years ago
    Thank you solver!
  9. solver solver, 4 years ago
    BTW, Jono, I don't know the first thing about antique pocket watches. I simply appreciate how proud you are to own such a beautiful heirloom and gift from your father. :-) All I know is how to find info on the Internet.

    I have confirmed that your watch IS a Grade 934. Here is the definitive "1947 Hamilton Material Catalog" courtesy of the National Association of Watch & Clock Collectors. In the first column it indicates that the block of serial nos. 4301 to 5100 are Grade 934.

    You are correct that it had a very low production since the record above shows "Run Quantity: 800."

    I suggest you print out this information and tape it with BLUE painter's tape (not regular masking tape that melts and sticks) to the bottom of the base of your glass dome.
  10. Jono Jono, 4 years ago
    Please know solver, that I very much appreciate the information that you have so Graciously given to me. Yes, this watch means the world to me and I wear it often. Thank you again.
  11. tom61375, 4 years ago
    Hi Jono, I love the watch, but the dome steals my attention more. Is the hook holding your watch, attached from the top of the dome or is it a wire hook from the wood base? I ask because I wouldn't mind getting one for myself. =)
  12. Jono Jono, 4 years ago
    The hook is connected to the top of the glass dome. Believe it or not I found this dome at a Salvation Army store.

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