Railroad Grade Vintage Men's 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
- have easily-legible Arabic dial numerals
As an additional resource, we've posted a Serial Number Production List which includes information for Hamilton serial numbers and dates of manufacture.
The NAWCC also has a Wikipedia.about the company; additional information may also be found on
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.
Hamilton 16S 21J LS adj 6p grade 992B pocket watch #C380531, Star YGF SB&B smooth polish case
PM2860 - This item is currently for sale at our Etsy Store
Hamilton 16S 21J LS adj. 6p grade 992B pocket watch #C306466, Wadsworth YGF bar-over-crown case
PM3053 - This item is currently for sale at our Etsy Store