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Hamilton Pocket Watches Review: Vintage, Limited Edition

Updated on January 9, 2015

Hamilton Pocket

Today Hamilton pocket watches are considered and treated almost solely as collector's items – though one cannot ignore the possibility of someone actually using such an antique timer as was originally intended. And in fact, Hamilton still produce a line of Limited Editions pocket watches, equipped with mechanical hand wound mechanisms just as they were a century ago.

There's a striking gap in the visual appearance of the obsolete and the modern: nothing seems to be in common between such collections as Khaki, Jazzmaster, and even the classic Ventura, and the pocket watch. In terms of movement, the situation is notably different, as the company equips separate lines (for example Khaki Field Mechanic) with a hand wound caliber.

Vintage pieces present a more charitable sphere for comparison, both because pocket timers are also vintage (even the new ones), and because the use of precious metals, in particular gold plating and filling, becomes a common element.

Hamilton Wrist Watch
Hamilton Wrist Watch

Design

Here design doesn't offer the colors, shapes, twists and turns we are used to seeing in modern timepieces. Back in the day, enamel finishing was an art form of its own, mass production was only fledging, and wrist watches were considered strictly feminine: indeed, times have changed, for better or worse.

It appears that the dials weren't naturally considered a space for decoration. Rather, because of the painted numbers, they was treated like a page – the numerals and the logo were executed in artistic calligraphy – no colors, just black on white. (Modern items come with Roman or Arabic numerals.)

More often than not the cases also tend to display strict functionality.

Mechanism

Hamilton pocket watches contain a range of mechanical calibers featuring 17, 19, 21, or 23 jewels, and wound by a crown rising on top of the piece, usually protected by a ring (workmanlike or elaborate, depending on the model) that will also hold the chain. New watches also encase mechanical movements.

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