Rare Hamilton Pocket Watch Grade 993 Faced with Popular Roman Numerals
Railroad Grade pocket watches were, by regulation, open faced; enabling a quick, efficient and perhaps life-saving time check. Thanks to their sterling reputation for satisfying the temporal needs of America’s burgeoning railroad system, open faced pocket watches became all the rage.
In 1918, when Hamilton manufactured this perfectly preserved timepiece, many gentlemen still preferred a fully encased pocket watch – for status projection and physical protection against scrapes, knocks and ever-present dust.
Hamilton appealed to this audience by putting their famously accurate lever-set 992 Railroad Grade movement into a sealed (with quick access) “hunter case,” named after the English fox hunters who championed its development. This same audience also preferred Roman numeral’s, also more popular at the turn of the century.
This perfectly preserved example is rare – one of just 8,700 ever made (many lost to the ravages of time). Equally, its case is beautifully finished – without a personal engraving/ or monogram – should its next gentleman owner wish to make his mark.
All our treasured timepieces are completely disassembled, expertly cleaned and oiled using the finest quality watch oil and gear grease, and adjusted for accuracy. Full one year warranty.
Manufacturer Location: Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Movement Serial Number: 1308598
To Finishing Dept: Dec 5, 1918
Run Quantity: 1,000
Total Production: 8,700
Jewel Material: Ruby & Sapphire
Jewel Setting: Gold Settings (Screw-Set)
Movement Configuration: Hunting
Movement Finish: Nickel
Movement Setting: Lever
Plate: 3/4 Plate
Double Roller: Yes
Center Wheel Material: Gold
Pallet Jewel Material: Sapphire
Standard Dial Type: Double-Sunk
Adjusted to Position: Yes
Adjusted # of Positions: 5
Adjusted to Temperature: Yes
Adjusted to Isochronism: Yes
Railroad Grade: No