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Hamilton Watch Company, 1892-1969 Born out of the Adams and Perry and Lancaster line of watches made in Lancaster, Pa., Hamilton achieved notority in the watch world as building one of the best performing watches. Made many watches in various grades and sizes, from 7-23, plus one in 25 jewels (unique); in hunting and open face. designs. Especially famous for massive advertising campaigns and the well known and highly successful 992-B.

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I aquired a Hamilton 940 serial #976446, 21 Jewel, lever set, stem wind, adjusted 5 positions, swing out movement in a Dueber Silverine Canton, O. Case.
What can you Hamiton Experts tell me about this. Any comments are welcomed.
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940 grade was the premire 18 Size Railroad movement made by Hamilton, that was manufactured in quantity.
Around 210,000 of these movements were made starting with serial numbers around 48,000 (1899) and ending with serial 1447000 (1926).
Yours was made about 1913.

They were evently phased out by the 992's when the Railroads phased out the 18S size, as the Railroad quality movement sold in sheer quantity.

I own one similair to yours, and I believe it is referred to as a "fully marked" movement, with the Motor Barrel and Adjusted to 5 positions.

Dial is a Montgomery type Dial.

In my opinion, everyone should own one, so as too have a "quality yardstick" to judge other movements by.
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Thanks Henry.
Is this dial correct for this period watch?
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serial number of 940, Dave?
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I am a movement guy, will let some true experts answer on the dial.
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Though it could be entirely correct, the 'block' signature is not seen in the time books or catalogs until a bit later, post WWI.....

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does not rule out a later dial 'upgrade'.......
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need to know the serial number to fig if the dial is correct
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Jon,
Serial # 976446 as noted in beginning of post.
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