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Railroad Grade Vintage Mens Hamilton Pocket Watches

In this section, you will find a nice selection of vintage railroad-grade Hamilton pocket watches that are typically considered gent's size, although in many cases would also be appropriate for a woman to carry. The Hamilton watch company began business in Lancaster, Pennsylvania in 1892 and still operates today. The last watches produced in the American factory were made in 1969, after which the company was sold to a Swiss owner.

To be a railroad grade watch, the following criteria must be met:

  • be 16S or 18S
  • have 17 or more jewels
  • be lever set
  • be in an open face case
  • be adjusted to 5 or more positions

As an additional resource, we've posted a Serial Number Production List which includes information for Hamilton serial numbers and dates of manufacture. Hamilton enthusiasts may also be interested in visiting the Hamilton Watch Company Virtual Museum, an online gallery that includes vintage watches, descriptions, info, and historical advertisements.

For further information, examples, photos, and notes on how to wear our various styles of watches and watch accessories, please visit our How-To-Wear Guide.