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  1. #1
    judyanne
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    Default Hamilton Pocket Watch

    Hello All, I was searching through the garage and came across a pocket watch. I have searched everywhere to find out just what it is. I have been unable to get the back off, although the front will unscrew right off. On the back it says ---AN 5740---MFR'S NO.AF-43-22046---CONTRACT NO.---W535ac-40783---HAMILTON WATCH CO.
    The front has the letters G.C.T. Only the numbers 1 through 24 are on the inside and the numbers 5 through 60 in incrementals of 5 are on the outer edge. There are an hour, minute, and second hands.
    Any suggestions on how to remove the back of the watch? (without causing damage) Have searched every site I can find looking for a watch like this and have been unable to locate anything even close. Thanks for any help.

  2. #2
    judyanne
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    Default Hamilton Pocket Watch (RE: judyanne)

    Hello All, I was searching through the garage and came across a pocket watch. I have searched everywhere to find out just what it is. I have been unable to get the back off, although the front will unscrew right off. On the back it says ---AN 5740---MFR'S NO.AF-43-22046---CONTRACT NO.---W535ac-40783---HAMILTON WATCH CO.
    The front has the letters G.C.T. Only the numbers 1 through 24 are on the inside and the numbers 5 through 60 in incrementals of 5 are on the outer edge. There are an hour, minute, and second hands.
    Any suggestions on how to remove the back of the watch? (without causing damage) Have searched every site I can find looking for a watch like this and have been unable to locate anything even close. Thanks for any help.

  3. #3

    Default Hamilton Pocket Watch (RE: judyanne)

    Hello Judyanne and welcome.

    The back of the watch should screw off by turning the cover to the left.
    If you will do that and post the writing on the inside of the watch, the grade can be determined.
    Most likely you will see 4992B written on the movement.
    Chapter 17 North Carolina
    http://www.nawcc-carolina17.org/default.htm
    Chapter 149 Early American Watch Club .. Home of Russ Snyder Illinois CD database and Henry Burgell Serial number Look-up ... excellent research resources!
    http://www.nawcc-ch149.com/ http://www.nawcc-ch149.com/pw_dbresearch.html
    Chapter 149 Mentor List http://www.nawcc-ch149.com/mentor.html

  4. #4
    judyanne
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    Default Hamilton Pocket Watch (RE: judyanne)

    Thank You Terry, the back FINALLY came off, and the number is as you said it would be. Is this an unusual watch or just an everyday type? Just have never seen another like it. Again, thanks for your help.

  5. #5
    Steve Maddox
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    Default Hamilton Pocket Watch (RE: judyanne)

    Hi Judy,

    If you're interested in seeing several watches similar to yours, go to www.eBay.com and click on the "Search" box near the upper right corner of the screen. When the "Search" page appears, in the box that says "Title Search," type in "4992B." Next, click the option box just beneath that one, which says "Search Title and Description," and then click on the "Search" button to the right. This should produce several ongoing auctions of watches like yours.

    If you want to see still others, go back to the "Search" page, and click on the option for "Search Completed Auctions." Type "4992B" in the search box, and then click "Search." This will give you all the auction results of similar watches that have been offered for sale during the last month or so.

    The Hamilton 4992B movements were produced for the military during World War 2, and it appears that they were produced in great numbers, as they are fairly plentiful today. If a relative of yours served in the armed forces during or shortly after that time, it's likely that he brought this watch back with him.

    For a little more information on these watches, click on the "search" option at the upper right corner of this page, type "4992B" in the title box that appears there, and then click "search." This topic has been discussed here previously, and you should be able to find quite a bit of additional information by reading the old discussions (maybe more than you'd want to know!).


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    Steve Maddox
    VP, NAWCC Chapter #62
    North Little Rock, Arkansas

  6. #6

    Default Hamilton Pocket Watch (RE: judyanne)

    Judyanne,
    Steve has made an excellent suggestion. I can really add nothing that he did not say.
    How crisp is the engraving on the back of the case? If it is very crisp, the watch survived time well.
    One thing to look for is the writing on the INSIDE of the case back. If it says .800 silver, then the value will increase.

    Also as Steve suggested, there are more posts on this board in the archives that talk about the features of the watch.

    Good luck with it, you have found a nice keepsake.
    Chapter 17 North Carolina
    http://www.nawcc-carolina17.org/default.htm
    Chapter 149 Early American Watch Club .. Home of Russ Snyder Illinois CD database and Henry Burgell Serial number Look-up ... excellent research resources!
    http://www.nawcc-ch149.com/ http://www.nawcc-ch149.com/pw_dbresearch.html
    Chapter 149 Mentor List http://www.nawcc-ch149.com/mentor.html

  7. #7
    judyanne
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    Default Hamilton Pocket Watch (RE: judyanne)

    Thank you all for all the information. Unfortunatly the back (inside) only states "base metal". There are a lot of letters and numbers that have been engraved (very faintly) on the inside, but afraid I will have to take it to a jewelers to figure out just what they say. Have tried a magnifying glass, but my eyesight isn't the greatest. Was engraving done often on the inside? Also there isn't any US GOVT printed on it like there were on many of the watches that I saw on e-bay. Does this make a difference.
    In any case, I do want to thank you all for the assistance. It was much appreciated.

  8. #8

    Default Hamilton Pocket Watch (RE: judyanne)

    The small letters and numbers are probably jewler's marks where the movement was serviced over the years.
    You should see a number that will start with a 4C, this is the serial number. It will be located in a gap between the plates somewhere close to the swinging balance.

    I am not sure if all the 4992B movements were marked US Govt. Maybe someone else will have an answer for that.

    There is a feature on the watch called the Hack feature. If you pull up the crown, the second hand will stop. This was to synchronize all watches in a group.
    Chapter 17 North Carolina
    http://www.nawcc-carolina17.org/default.htm
    Chapter 149 Early American Watch Club .. Home of Russ Snyder Illinois CD database and Henry Burgell Serial number Look-up ... excellent research resources!
    http://www.nawcc-ch149.com/ http://www.nawcc-ch149.com/pw_dbresearch.html
    Chapter 149 Mentor List http://www.nawcc-ch149.com/mentor.html

  9. #9
    judyanne
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    Default Hamilton Pocket Watch (RE: judyanne)

    Thank you Terry for the info. Got to thinking that perhaps I wasn't very clear. In a previous message the back of the case was mentioned, and the numbers and letters appear to be very crisp with very little scuffing. However on the inside of the back case is where all the letters and numbers are. 4-1-K,58H737, plus many more I can't make out. Maybe one of my children with better eyesight would be able to make it out.
    In any case, much as I would really love to hang on to it, taxes are coming up, so probably will end up listing it somewhere. (the reason I was foraging in the garage) I really have no idea who it could have belonged to as my Dad and Mom were both in WWII, but he was in a service squadron, and she was a nurse. Guess I will never know as they are both gone now.
    Anyway, thank you so very much for your help.

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