Hamilton 12S 17J adj. grade 912 pocket watch #3422733, handsome nickel split plate movement with screw-down jewel settings and a bar-style damascene pattern, champagne-toned metal dial with fancy black Arabic style numbers, center section with a matte finish and a baroque-design pattern and a subsidiary seconds register with a black Packard emblem, dial has some small spots of discoloration but no scratches or damage, blue steel gothic-style hands, impressive yellow gold filled (YGF) Hamilton hinge-back (HB) case with deep floral engraving on the bezels, frame, pendant and fancy bow, smooth polish back with a large fancy monogram, possibly "JPC", thick glass crystal, case is showing only normal even wear overall but does have some light scratches on the back and the glass crystal has a small flake at the edge, we can replace with a new beveled plastic crystal at no charge on request (see the Crystal Options tab to the left for details), measures approx. 44mm in diameter x 55mm long x 10mm thick (crystal included). A high quality vintage triple signed watch from the late 1920s in excellent+ condition!
- Year Made: 1929-1930
- Company: Hamilton
- Jewels: 17J
- Setting/Movement Type:
- Adjustments: 1-3 positions
- Model/Grade: grade 912
- Serial #: 3422733
- Movement Finish: nickel
- Dial Material: metal
- Dial Color: champagne
- Dial Details: Packard advertising
- Case Style:
Gold Filled - Yellow
- Case Details: Hamilton case
44mm (1.73 inches)
Case Length, bow included:
- Crystal Material: glass
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.
We also offer a collection of reference and research books for a number of different watch manufacturers, which can be found in our Watch-Related Books
section. As an additional resource, we've posted a Serial Number Production List
which includes information for Hamilton serial numbers and dates of manufacture.
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You may browse all of our men's pocket watches from this manufacturer at our Vintage Men's Hamilton Pocket Watches
This watch is in good running condition, unless otherwise noted in the description. This means that on receipt, pending any item-specific running conditions noted in the description, you can expect the watch to be winding and setting properly and to run smoothly while keeping reasonable time. We consider "reasonable time" to meet these basic guidelines:
- Railroad Grade Watches will be keeping +/- 5 minutes per day
- Pocket and Wrist Watches with 15 or more jewels will be keeping +/- 10 minutes per day
- All key wind watches and watches with 14 or fewer jewels will be keeping +/- 15 minutes per day
The above guideline is the lowest standard in which we would ship out a watch, however in most cases, you will see much better timekeeping. Most of our watches have been in storage for many years, so if you plan on carrying/wearing them everyday, you should consider having them cleaned and oiled soon, and then once a year thereafter to keep them in top running condition. If the watches will be for occasional use or display, they should be cleaned and serviced every 3 to 5 years depending on use.
We do have a professional watchmaker that does all of our cleaning and repair work for us. To have your watch serviced before shipping, simply add this Cleaning/Service Agreement
to your shopping basket. The cleaning and timing service is $95, and depending on the time of the year, has a turnaround time of 1 to 3 weeks.
Please note that we provide this service in addition to the listed purchase price of our watches. If you do purchase this option and later decide to return the watch, this fee is non-refundable.
This watch comes complete with an appropriate, intact glass crystal; however, on request PM Time Service can replace the current crystal on this pocket watch for you. We offer a number of new and vintage crystal choices for pocket watches; you can select your desired choice from the dropdown menu below.
Please note that the average turnaround time for all pocket watch crystal replacements will be two days from the placement of the order.
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Please note: if you add this watch with a crystal exchange option to your shopping cart
but later change your mind on the crystal selection type, you'll need to remove the watch from the cart in order to make a new crystal selection. Once that is done, you can return to this page and add that new combination to the cart. We apologize for the limitations to our system that prevent you making that change from the shopping cart directly.
Unlike modern quartz watches, most vintage watches need daily winding in order to keep the watch functioning for timekeeping. Additionally, there are a number of different ways to set the time other than simply pulling the crown away from the watch body. We are happy to provide an overview of each of the different setting types on our "How To Use" page
, where we also provide information on proper winding techniques for each style and some suggestions for the proper long term care and storage of your watch.