An oily hairspring will cause the watch to run too fast and too fast in an erratic way. Take a toothpick a normal wooden toothpick, not one made from bamboo, bamboo is too hard and sharpen it with a knife. Use the movement serial number. On the 7th day of April, 1876, the first movement was reported finished, this movement had of course been rushed through ahead of the regular course. Hamilton 992B Railroad Pocket Watch, Hamilton Railway Special The Hamilton 992B Railroad Pocket Watch, Hamilton Railway Special The Hamilton grade 992B is a high quality antique mechanical pocket watch. A watch that is erratic sometimes a little too fast sometimes a little too slow requires service. Bitner giving the proper security.
In fact by 1923 approx 53% of its entire production were Watches. Thanks to whoever put this site together as well. Elinvar was softer than the steel hairsprings that it replaced. The new stem winding device being modeled by Mosley and Todd. The hair spring must be totally dry otherwise the timing will be completely off.
The machine shop was started with a force of 15 men, as many small tools were required for use in the factory and much of the machinery was rusty and out of repair, it was found necessary to close the place until the necessary repairs could be made. Zahn was to be President, Mr. The arrow points towards a slot in the hairspring collet. Need help finding the serial number on your watch? Bitner, at that time a merchant in Lancaster, and a stockholder in the company to deed to the company, in fee simple, three acres of land on the Columbia Turnpike, a mile west of the center of town and just within the city limits. The impulse jewel is normally not visible from the top since it is sitting on the other side. This trend caused a major shift in American watch production, with a new emphasis on producing wristwatch models for both men and women. By mid-1891 Henry Cain began designing a new line of railroad style movements.
In other words you know that a given watch was actually used on the railroad if it has those watch inspector repair marks on the inside back cover. Ueberall, Ed and Kent Singer. After noting its condition, classify your vintage Hamilton watch by using the percentage or letter grade criteria: 90 and above for pristine, possibly restored, condition, and no brassing, or never worn new old stock; 80-89 for slightly normal wear; 70-79 for normal wear and scratches; 60-69 for heavy brassing and dings; and under 60 for damaged or missing parts and possibly inoperable, but salvageable watch. Thirty grades of movements were made in all, including the ladies' movements, which is a large number for a small product. In 1957, Hamilton introduced the world's first electric watch, the Hamilton Electric 500. Russell Lyle, who had previously been foreman of the springing room.
Hamilton was very good at marketing and advertising their watches. The 992B pocket watch movment is an improved version of the 992 but it did not sell as much because in the 1940's, when the 992B came to the market, the trend was already going towards wrist watches. Abram Bitner made a proposition to take the bonds at 80% of their face value, provided that he should be allowed to convert them into stock at an time he should desire to do so. . Their main focus however was to create and make available - handsome and accurate timepieces for the consumer - be it designed for use on the wrist or in a pocket.
I promise you a safe and satisfying experience. Equivalent to Hamilton Grade 940. You can tie two knows as shown and attach them to a belt loop on your pants or a button hole on your vest. Top view of a typical 992B balance wheel with hairspring. Many of their watch movements were adorned with intricate carvings demonstrating the skill with which Hamilton put into its timepieces. The Hamilton name was selected to honor Andrew Hamilton and his son James, original owners of the site of Lancaster, credited with founding the city of Lancaster.
Second photo: the tip of the oiler. I've serviced and repaired hundreds of Hamilton pocket watches over the decades and would be very happy please you with my guaranteed and dedicated customer service. At a meeting of the stockholders held June 13, 1874, a Board of Directors was elected, and on June 15th. A Bitner to investigate the affairs of the company. This will cause any remaining dust particles in the movement to stick to the cover. The company had not expected to out of funds so soon, but work had been pushed forward with great vigor.
Originally designed with a single-roller escapement, it was upgraded to double-roller escapement around 1906. The factory opened April 16 1883 and ran until May 15 1883, when it closed again, there being some difficulty with some of the foremen regarding pay during the two weeks the factory had been closed. At that time the company intended to adjust their movements to make only fine grades. You can down load or copy this for personnel use. Cain became superintendent of the Aurora Watch Co.