Hamilton 18S 17J lever set (LS) grade 925 pocket watch #519773, beautiful nickel full plate movement with screw-down jewel settings, a Goldthwait-style regulator and a fancy concentric circle damascene pattern, mint double-sunk (DS) porcelain enamel with with roman numerals, red 5 minute markers, a subsidiary seconds register and is marked "C. G. Wennerlund Willmar, Minn.", blue steel spade-style hands, re-cased into a lovely Fahy's No. 1 coin silver fully engraved hunting case (HC) with engine turning across both covers with large, deep floral engraved accents at 12 and 6 o'clock, one side has a small round monogram button that has been hand engraved with a dual-line cross, reverse has a large fancy monogram shield surrounded by deep floral accents, shield has very faint hand engraved initials "AL" which could likely be polished out by a professional jeweler, offset hinges and a heavy large bow, case is showing normal even wear overall but does have some small dents on the covers along with a grouping of moderate scratch marks on the interior frame and dust cover from opening the case to view the movement, measures approx. 53mm in diameter x 79mm in length x 18mm thick. A very handsome, high quality silver jeweler's watch from the early 1900s in excellent condition!
- Year Made: 1906-1907
- Company: Hamilton
- Jewels: 17J
- Setting/Movement Type:
- Model/Grade: 925
- Serial #: 519773
- Movement Finish: nickel
- Movement Details: Goldthwait-style regulator
- Dial Material: porcelain enamel
- Dial Details: jeweler's mark, "C. G. Wennerlund Willmar, Minn."
- Hand Style:
- Case Style:
Silver - Coin
- Case Details: Fahy's "No. 1" model
Case Length, bow included:
- Crystal Material: plastic
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.
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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.
As of May 20th, 2022, we are not offering a cleaning and service option through PM Time Service. While we do hope to offer this again in the future, we are unfortunately unable to meet customer requests for watch servicing at this time. Please note that, unless otherwise mentioned within the "Full Description" tab, this watch is being sold in good running condition and is ready to wear or carry on arrival.
This watch comes complete with an appropriate, intact plastic 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; as this watch is currently offered at our
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Please note that the average turnaround time for all pocket watch crystal replacements will be two days from the placement of the order; wrist watches will typically also take two days, however we do not carry every model of crystal in stock and there may be a delay of up to seven business days as we order the correct item from our supplier.
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This watch features a jeweler's mark, or name of the retailer that originally sold the watch, in addition to the name of the watch manufacturer. Jeweler's marks may be engraved or printed on the dial, case or movement, depending on the watch. See the Full Description for details specific to this piece.
The jewelers' mark was a pretty common practice during the early to mid-1900s, and does continue today. A jewelry shop would commission a small run of watches directly from a watch manufacturer, such as Hamilton, Illinois, etc., who would then add markings for that jeweler at the factory to the dial, movement and/or case. This would allow for the jeweler to offer a customized branding of a high quality watch without the prohibitive cost of directly manufacturing the watch components and assembly.
The most common example that most will recognize is with Tiffany & Co., which for a short time did manufacture their own watches but realized it was cost prohibitive for their label and transitioned to commissioning watches from high-end watch manufacturers instead. On many of their vintage watches, you'll see the "Tiffany & Co" markings on the dial, and occasionally also stamped on the movement and case, but additional markings on the movement will show Longines, International Watch Co., etc. to also indicate the manufacturing company.
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.
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