Imagine stopping at your local jeweler sometime in the early 1940s. America hasn't entered World War II yet, and you want a gold watch that will be worth the money. You choose this high-grade Hamilton 992E from behind the counter, wind it for the first time, set the hands, pay the clerk, and proudly head home for dinner, feeling its steady ticking in your pocket. Want to be the next owner?
The Hamilton Watch Co was incorporated in 1892 from the remnants of the Aurora, Lancaster, Keystone, and Adams & Perry companies, named for the Scottish attorney who founded the Pennsylvania town of Lancaster, where the factory was located. Their most popular 16-size railroad watch by far was the 21-jewel 992, which was offered in three distinct models. The 992E, the third and last of these models, was introduced around 1931 and came equipped with an Elinvar hairspring, with a total production of only 63,000 pieces compared to well over a half-million of the first model. Elinvar (Invar in French) is the industry-term contraction of the words elasticity invariable, which is an alloy that has low thermal expansion, invented by Swiss physicist Charles Guillaume, for which he won the Nobel Prize in 1920. This lever-set 3rd-model is a very low mileage example that is entirely original, from all of its factory jeweling to the dust band, and is ready to go after a thorough cleaning and timing. It fronts an absolutely flawless snow-white heavy Arabic dial and deeply blued spade-and-poker hands, and is still in its original gold-filled Wadsworth Model 2 case with a blank rear cover, a sharp crown, a tight bow, and a glass crystal.
Manufacturer - Hamilton Watch Co
Serial Number - 2636833
Watch Size - 16
Watch Model - 3rd
Watch Grade - 992E
Jewel Count - 21
Winding/Setting - Stem/Lever
Production Year - 1940
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