A stunning 10 carat gold filled size 16 gentlemans' Hamilton lever set 21 jewel 992 railroad grade pocket watch dating to 1936. This watch is in fabulous original condition. The case and dial look great and the railroad grade movement is running strongly and keeping time. Railroad watches are particularly sought after and rarely come up for sale in the UK. Hamilton pocket watches were the favoured timepieces for use on the American railroads during much of the 20th century. They are now among the most sought after railroad timepieces. Do not miss the opportunity to buy this collectible timepiece.
Case: 10 carat gold filled in very good condition indeed, measuring approximately 51 mm in diameter. The front and back screw on covers close tightly. They can be fiddly to replace so be careful not to cross thread the covers. Making sure the covers starts level on the case and a gentle touch is the trick. The inside of the rear cover is signed "Wadsworth", considered to be one of the best US case-makers of the time, producing high quality cases for most of the popular watchmakers active in the USA during the early part of the 20th century. The bow and crossbar are in good condition and the original crown is signed "Hamilton Railroad". There are no obvious signs of brassing. This watch has been carefully looked after over 83 years. It shows the inevitable signs of use but no dents or scratches of any significance that I could see. All that I would mention for the sake of accuracy is a couple of very light pressure marks on the back of the case, only visible when the case catches the light at a certain angle.
Dial: factory original double sunk dial in stunning condition. The dial is signed “Hamilton” with hours marked by crisp black Arabic numerals and an outer seconds track with 5 second intervals marked in red. . The sunken subsidiary seconds dial is located just above the
Movement: 21 jewel Hamilton cal. 992 railroad grade double roller movement has damaskeened plates (Geneve stripes) and is marked "Hamilton Watch Co. Lancaster PA 992 21 Jewels Adjusted 5 Positions". The train jewels are set in solid gold casings. It has a solid gold centre wheel and solid gold balance screws. It is running very well and keeping time. The watch is wound by the crown and set by removing the bezel, pulling out the lever located at one o'clock (see photo) and then turning the crown. Railroad watches had this feature instead of setting time by pulling out the crown to ensure that the hands were not accidentally moved when the watch was being carried.