In 1874, General Ulysses S. Grant was President of the United States and Conestoga wagons creaked their way along the Lancaster Turnpike, as citizens heeded the call of Horace Greely to Go West. Another form of pioneer was building a factory in the pastoral community of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. The Adams and Perry Watch Company was built right beside the turnpike.
Its founders possessed a good combination of skills: Mr. Perry was a watch designer, and Mr. Adams was an organizer and promoter. They brought skilled watchmakers to. Lancaster and began production in 1875.Like so many infant industries, Adams and Perry did not have enough capital to market their product. The Lancaster Watch Company continued to suffer growing pains and was reorganized again in 1884, this time as the Keystone Standard Watch Company. Nevertheless, the financial problems persisted until 1892. In that year, the Hamilton Watch Company came into existence as a result of yet another reorganization. The name, Hamilton, was selected to honor Andrew Hamilton, original owner of the Lancaster site on which the factory was situated. Hamilton was granted the land by William Penn's heirs and is credited with founding the city of Lancaster with his son James. Hamilton Watch was founded by merging Keystone with the Aurora (Illinois) Watch Company. Aurora machinery was moved to Lancaster in summer of 1892. Among the leading business and professional men of Lancaster who founded the Hamilton Watch Company were J. Franklin, John Sener, John C. Sener, James Shand, Peter T.
Cain of Springfield, Massachusetts represented the Aurora interests. The Hamilton Watch Company was founded in 1892 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. By the turn of the century it came to be known as Hamilton The Railroad Timekeeper of America.
Miller, vice-president, left Lancaster to become its general manager. The Hamilton-Sangamo Corporation was formed in 1929 by the Hamilton Watch Company and the Sangamo Electric Company of Springfield, Illinois to market a new line of electric clocks. Howard Watch Company were acquired by Hamilton in 1931. 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 1942, and at their peak Hamilton was making 500 chronometers per month! Hamilton Model 23 Military Chronograph was widely used during WWII as a navigator's "stop-watch". Based on the super-reliable 992B 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 1931 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 of 1957 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. Powered by a tiny 1.5 volt battery guaranteed to run the watch for more than a year, the new watch completely eliminated the need for a mainspring. The electric current necessary to operate one 100-watt bulb for one minute could run an electric watch for 20 years. The Hamilton Electrics featured not only a revolutionary movement design, but also were known for their avant garde styling, making them among the most collectible watches today. Also during the mid-fifties Hamilton embarked on a program of expansion and diversification. As a result, the company produced watches under three brand names Hamilton, Vantage and Buren in six plants in this country and abroad, manufactured sterling and plated silverware, fabricated and processed rare and exotic metals, and produced mechanical and electronic measuring devices and components.
Hamilton also produced rocket fuel alloys, special metals for the Apollo program, missile timers and safety and arming devices for military applications. Hamilton continued to produce some of the finest American watches until 1969, earning them the distinction of being the only American watch company to survive global competition will into the 20th century. They truly represent the pinnacle of American watchmaking. Company had its genesis as an American.
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And wristwatches, ending American manufacture in 1969. It is owned by the Swatch group, one of the largest Swiss watch conglomerates. This is an antique U.Made Hamilton pocket watch made in 1919. It is a 17 jeweled movement with four of the visible jewels being the screw set type. The engraved white gold filled case is in excellent vintage condition. The watch runs great end keeps good time. It is a grade 956, size 16, pendant set, 3/4 plate, double roller, open face.
The hand painted textured dial is in excellent vintage condition with only one of two feint spots that have some patina. It has black Arabic Numerals.
The bluing on all three hands is in pristine condition. It is signed: "HAMILTON" at the upper center dial. There is a sub seconds dial. Around the outer rim of the dial with the main positions in bold. There is one photo of the watch with no bezel, here you can see the best detail of the dial.The crystal is in pristine condition with no flaws that I can see, even with a magnifier. This is an Hamilton pocket watch movement, made in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. It is a 17 jewel movement with four of the jewels being the screw-set type. It was made in 1919.
/ Lancaster, Pennsylvania / 17 Jewels / 956 /. Adjusted / 1704533 / MADE IN U. It runs great, keeping good time. It is a grade 956, size 16, Pendant set, 3/4 plate, double roller, open face. The pristine condition movement is finished with nickle damaskeening.
It recently received maintenance by a watchmaker. Engraved all over, on the back there is a shield that can be monogrammed.The back cover has two serious scratches. (see close up photos) The back cover and the front bezel are both screw-on. The inside of the back cover is signed: "SUPREME / GOLD FILLED / GUARANTEED / 4250914" Both cover and bezel screw on and off as designed, no issues.
The case is 49 mm in diameter not including the bow and stem. Please see the photos I took from all angles. There are more photos available if anyone wants to see them.
The back cover has two small areas along the edge where it is a little rough. You have to feel for it along the edge, it's so small you really can't see it without a magnifier but you can feel it on the edge with your fingers. Excellent condition engraved stem, with light wear close the the crown. The crown is in great vintage condition with no visible wear and it functions perfect to wind it & set the time.
The beautiful engraved bow is excellent. I don't refinish or polish any watch that I have in my possession. I do make sure that the watch and all of it's functions are working perfectly before I list a watch. If, after seven days, the item(s) is(are) not paid for, and other arrangements have not been made, I have the option to void the sale to cover the cost or file a dispute against you with E-Bay.
IT WILL GO OUT VERY WELL PADDED AND PACKED AND A NUMBER WILL GENERATE IN PAY-PAL. IT WILL BE FULLY INSURED.THE WATCH'S CONDITION IS RUNNING GREAT. PLEASE LET ME KNOW OF ANY PROBLEMS SOON AFTER RECEIVING IT. Antique Hamilton Pocket Watch 17 jewels, Engraved Gold Filled case, running" is in sale since Tuesday, December 10, 2019. This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Watches, Parts & Accessories\Wristwatches". The seller is "sei78e" and is located in Miami, Florida.
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