Great Grandfather's Pocket Watch - 1920's Hamilton 974
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    Great Grandfather's Pocket Watch - 1920's Hamilton 974

    My parents presented me with my Great-Grandfather's pocket watch recently, which to me is a very cool piece. Not sure when it was last running, but I wound it up to test if it is operational and sure enough it started ticking and ran all night. You will see in the photos there is some bubbling on the face, however that is on the underside of the crystal only and is not on the dial. I have done a little research and found the following:

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    Hamilton Catalog 1920 - Vintage Watch Forums
    Vintage Hamilton Watch Restoration: 1920 17 jewel 974 Pocket Watch

    The biggest thing for me is, who has suggestions for where to go in the general Baltimore/DC area to get this serviced and to have the crystal replaced? Any other thoughts would be much appreciated. Thanks for looking.


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    Re: Great Grandfather's Pocket Watch - 1920's Hamilton 974

    Very nice watch and inheritance. Here is the info from pocketwatchdatabase.com:

    Grade: 974


    Manufacturer: Hamilton
    Manufacturer Location: Lancaster, Pennsylvania
    Movement Serial Number: 2357968
    Grade: 974
    Model: 1
    To Finishing Dept: Oct 19, 1925
    Run Quantity: 2,000
    Total Production: 315,084
    Size: 16s
    Jewels: 17j
    Jewel Setting: Screw-Set
    Movement Configuration: Openface
    Movement Finish: Nickel
    Movement Setting: Pendant
    Plate: 3/4 Plate
    Regulator: Reed
    Hairspring: Breguet
    Adjusted: Yes
    Adjusted to Position: No
    Adjusted to Temperature: Yes
    Railroad Grade: No


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    Re: Great Grandfather's Pocket Watch - 1920's Hamilton 974

    Very nice! Heirlooms are the greatest!
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    Re: Great Grandfather's Pocket Watch - 1920's Hamilton 974

    Nice watch.

    I take my pocket watches to the Watchpocket Jewelers of Silver Spring Maryland

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    Eugene(Gene) does a great job

    Prices are good also

    They have the ability to source or cut a new crystal. I just picked up a Elgin railroad pocket watch from getting serviced and replacing the crystal.
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    Re: Great Grandfather's Pocket Watch - 1920's Hamilton 974

    Quote Originally Posted by journeyforce View Post
    Nice watch.

    I take my pocket watches to the Watchpocket Jewelers of Silver Spring Maryland

    About Us -

    Eugene(Gene) does a great job

    Prices are good also

    They have the ability to source or cut a new crystal. I just picked up a Elgin railroad pocket watch from getting serviced and replacing the crystal.
    Thanks for the suggestion. I'll give them a call as I am relatively close.

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    Re: Great Grandfather's Pocket Watch - 1920's Hamilton 974

    Quote Originally Posted by craigr812 View Post
    Thanks for the suggestion. I'll give them a call as I am relatively close.

    Oh and on your way out when dropping off the watch, stop by at Santucci's Deli. They make a good sub

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