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    Help identifying Hamilton pocket watch

    Hi guys
    I am hoping to find out anything about this Hamilton pocket watch that belonged to my grandfather. He carried it everywhere up until his death in 1968. It was his only timepiece (never wore a wrist watch), and I have heard he wore this when he fought in France in 1917-18.
    Is it possible it's that old?

    It's not running and the numeral 1 from its 10 o'clock fell off and is stuck on the minute hand. It's needs a complete overhaul.

    Any info about its age and who I would contact for refurbishment questions would be hugely appreciated.
    Thanks much for looking.




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    Re: Help identifying Hamilton pocket watch

    The best way to find out what you got is to open up the back and see the movement. You'll find the model number and serial number and can easily look it up. Or take a picture and post it on here.
    There should be a little slot that you can use to help open the back. You can use a small screw driver or butter knife if you don't have the proper tools, just do it carefully and don't force anything. Also don't push in, just insert it in the slot and twist. If you really don't feel comfortable, take it to a watch repair person. Shouldn't charge to open it.


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    Re: Help identifying Hamilton pocket watch

    The style of the dial looks more like 1930s to me. Let's see the movement.
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    Re: Help identifying Hamilton pocket watch

    It looks likely to be a Hamilton 10 size watch, which would place earliest production in the 1930s. Open the caseback (and inner cuvette if it has one) and the grade will be engraved on the movement.
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    Re: Help identifying Hamilton pocket watch

    Case looks like a screw back to me. I don't see any hinges. Also the style is 1930s or later.

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    Re: Help identifying Hamilton pocket watch

    RON in PA: I'll bet you a nickel it's a snap-back! I've encountered several 'just' like this, & I've yet to see either a hinged, or screw-back...of course: there's (usually!) first time.

    I'll also expect to see either a Grade 910 or 912...17 Jewels seem to be very common in this size / case style.

    And: isn't the Owner lucky that the "10" Numeral is all there...the "1" is tucked-in over by the "4"...! Michael.
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    Re: Help identifying Hamilton pocket watch

    Thanks very much for the feedback and interest.
    I unfortunately have to wait several months before I can see it and open it. I was a bit unsure of myself and hesitated opening it up.

    1930s seems to be the consensus. I will dig more intel and follow up later on when I can get back to it.

    This has been a help.


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    Re: Help identifying Hamilton pocket watch

    Hi there,

    looks like this one from 1949:
    bidfun-db Archive: Pocket Watches, Jewelry Watches: 515: Gents Hamilton 917 open face, 1949

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    Re: Help identifying Hamilton pocket watch

    Quote Originally Posted by Roland Ranfft View Post
    Hi there,

    looks like this one from 1949:
    bidfun-db Archive: Pocket Watches, Jewelry Watches: 515: Gents Hamilton 917 open face, 1949

    Regards, Roland Ranfft
    Roland - thanks very much for sharing your link. This definitely looks like it. I will make sure to open it next year when I get back to it. Getting new info about dates is helping to fill in a family history.
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