Hamilton Pocket Watches

1891 – 1969 – present



The Hamilton name is a name for all interested in the history of the pocket watches to remember, though it took a few years before its production began. It started as the Adams and Perry Watch manufacturing company which only lasted from 1874 to 1876 before being reorganized as the Lancaster Pennsylvania Watch Company in 1877; that company also did not last long closing its doors merely a year after starting.

It took two more reorganizations as the Lancaster Pennsylvania Watch Company and the Lancaster Watch Company before the Keystone Standard Watch Company took over in 1886. This pocket watch company was then taken over in 1893 by the Aurora Watch Company. It was then that the first Hamilton pocket watch was completed and released.
Hamilton continued to create both what are now considered valuable antique pocket and wrist-watches alike. Hamilton is known for its 1912 railroad pocket watch, Pocket watch 926, one of its more popular pocket watch Model 992 as well as the first battery operated wristwatch that they manufactured in the year of 1957 known as the Ventura. Hamilton was one of the main distributors to the troops during the second World War. Present day Hamilton still offers Swiss quartz watches of good quality.


Source: Heritage Pocket Watch

Craig Duling

Craig Duling's fascination with timepieces goes back at least to his college days, when he built a digital clock from scratch for his senior year physics lab class. Currently the head of Heritage Management Services, a business management firm in San Francisco, Craig Duling is also a significant collector of rare antique pocket watches. Pocket watches are often associated with images of 19th-century railroad conductors consulting them as steam trains left the station. This close attention to correct time was essential. In the 19th century, most trains traveled in both directions on single sets of tracks. Sidings were placed at regular intervals to allow trains to pass safely. Printed timetables showed the arrival and departure of trains, as well as when they were waiting in sidings. This system depended on accurate watches. The problem with this became evident in 1891 when two trains in Ohio had a head-on collision, killing nine people. Investigation disclosed that the engineer's watch on the passenger train had stopped and restarted, making it four minutes slow. This tragedy prompted railroad officials to set up standards for pocket watches. These specifications mandated that watches share a common design, as well as being reliable, easy to read, and impervious to extremes of temperature.

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