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I am not believing what a timekeeper this thing is. I set it by the official U.S Clock after I got it home last week. This morning, some four days later, it is 3 seconds fast! I don't have an automatic or another hand-winder nearly this accurate, and this with a watch whose movement was sent for finishing in March, 1923. Maybe Hamilton Electric or someone else with expertise in pocket watches can tell me if I am unusually lucky, or what?:biggrin:
 

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That's fun! How long does a full wind last, then? Is it possible that this is one of those old railroad watches? (It seems to match the criteria - large, clear-faced, big arabic numbers, easy-to-read with simple hands, open faced etc etc...) That would probably explain the precision.
 

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That's fun! How long does a full wind last, then? Is it possible that this is one of those old railroad watches? (It seems to match the criteria - large, clear-faced, big arabic numbers, easy-to-read with simple hands, open faced etc etc...) That would probably explain the precision.
I haven't let it run down completely, but a watch this size probably has only a few hours of leeway - I am sure it should be wound fully each morning. I doubt it is a "railroad watch." For one thing, it is a 12 size, which would be smaller than the RR watches I've seen. Also, it is not marked in any way as a railroad. The movement is marked as adjusted, but this is a watch and movement designed for business or formal wear, in my opinion. The man my dealer friend uses to clean, repair and time pocket watches is apparently quite talented (I do not know him). From the general look and feel of the watch, it has seen little use in its 85 years . Still, I remain quite amazed at its accuracy.
 

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I found this darling on ebay:



Rolled gold Hamilton pocket watch from the turn of the century. If it wasn't already at $350!!, I would consider bidding for it. It comes complete with it's own chain. So close, yet so far...
 
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