Hamilton celebrates its railroad roots with new pocket watch


Hamilton’s pocket watches were tasked with keeping time on America’s railroads in decades gone by, and were successful in doing so given their precision in timekeeping.

To celebrate that period before sophisticated digital timekeeping systems, Hamilton has produced a 917-piece limited edition.

Paying homage to the firm’s address at 917 Columbia Avenue in Lancaster and housed in a 50mm stainless steel case, its white, enamel-like dial echoes those of vintage railroad timepieces.


It offers red 5-minute demarcations along a fully graduated, outer minute track, oversized Roman numeral indices; black lacquered hands; and a small seconds counter at 6 o’clock for precision timekeeping.

The aim of the launch is to reflect the means of transportation that shaped the American dream into reality.

Millions of people and uncountable sums of materiel were transported upon the railway — and timing this system was the job of Hamilton, a firm that began operations in 1892, in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

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