Hamilton 18S 17J LS adj 5p HCM grade 939 pocket watch #9480, Keystone "leader" coin silver HB&B case

Hamilton 18S 17J LS adj 5p HCM grade 939 pocket watch #9480, Keystone "leader" coin silver HB&B case

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Hamilton 18S 17J lever set (LS) adj 5p hunting case movement (HCM) grade 939 pocket watch #9480, impressive nickel full plate movement with screw-down gold jewel settings, a Goldthwait-style regulator and an elaborate fancy concentric circle damascene pattern, movement is marked "Howes Bros Clinton, Iowa", double-sunk (DS) porcelain enamel dial, also marked "Howes Bros Clinton, Iowa", has roman numerals, red 5 minute markers and a subsidiary seconds register, dial has some short faint hairlines, a small flake at the edge by the lever and a shallow line of discoloration near the edge, possibly from where a previous case rested against the dial, blue steel spade & whip style hands, re-cased into a heavy Keystone "leader" coin silver smooth polish hinge back & bezel (HB&B) case with a coin edge accent on the front bezel around the extra thick glass crystal, offset gold hinges and a heavy large bow, case is showing normal wear overall with a few small dents on the back cover and frame, along with some moderate wear on the brass crown and some smoothing on the back outer case lip to the frame, the back outer cover closes flush to the frame however it is loose enough to open with your hands (no case opener needed), measures approx. 57mm in diameter x 81mm in length x 21mm thick (crystal included). A very early, high grade jeweler's mark Hamilton from the late 1800s in excellent condition!
  • Company: Hamilton
  • Movement Size: 18S
  • Jewels: 17J
  • Setting/Movement Type: lever
  • Adjustments: 5 positions
  • Model/Grade: grade 939
  • Serial #: 9480
  • Movement Finish: nickel
  • Movement Details Test: marked "Howes Bros Clinton, Iowa"
  • Dial Material: porcelain enamel
  • Dial Details: marked "Howes Bros Clinton, Iowa"
  • Case Style: HB&B
  • Case Material: Silver - Coin
  • Case Details: offset gold hinges
  • Case Width/Diameter: 57mm (2.24 inches)
  • Case Length, bow included: 81mm (3.19 inches)
  • Case Thickness: 21mm (0.83 inches)
  • Crystal Material: glass
  • Misc. Info: re-cased
  • Year Made: 1895-1896
  • Condition: Excellent
  • Gender: Gentlemen's
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.
The NAWCC also has a comprehensive article about the company.
You may browse all of our men's pocket watches from this manufacturer at our Vintage Men's Hamilton Pocket Watches category.
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:
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