Questions on Hamilton 940's

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Sean Mc.

I recently purchased a Hamilton 940 ser. # 554261, dating it to 1906. The movement is not marked "Motor Barrel" or "Double Roller". My questions :

1 - When was the 940 first launched into production?

2 - When did Hamilton start making the 940 with a double roller and marking the movements as such?

3 - When did the notation "Motor Barrel" appear on the movement ?

4 - Are movements with a double roller and additional markings, as described above, considered more valuable or rarer than those without?

5 - Is there a data base available which would describe production dates, quantities and variations of the Hamilton 940?

Your help is greatly appreciated.........Thank you.
 

Robert Sweet

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1 - When was the 940 first launched into production? [colour=blue]1900[/color]

2 - When did Hamilton start making the 940 with a double roller and marking the movements as such? The double roller started at serial number [colour=blue]512200[/color] in [colour=blue]1906[/colour]. Not sure about the markings.

This should help for a starter.

Robert
 

Don Dahlberg

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1) The first two 940s were actually sent to the finishing department on 7/19/98 and 8/4/98 (serial numbers 44001 and 44002) and were not called 940s. They were just called 18 size, 21 jewel, O.F. Special. The first ones sent to the finishing room as 940s were 10/1/1898 (48006-10). The first five of this lot were 942s and the other five were 940s. The balance of the 100-lot were delivered to the finishing room from Nov, 1898 to Feb, 1899 as 940s.

2) Double roller - what Robert said.

3) For the sister movement 941, Motor Barrel 1909 623001. I do not have a date and number for the 940. Hmmm that is strange.

4) Some people like early examples, other like labels. I have not noticed that it is a big deal for most of us.

5) There are total production numbers for the 940 (209,498) and a few other special numbers like 200 were gilt trimmed, 230 special finish, and 900 special finish for Non-Retailing Co. This gilt trim number only counts large orders. Some special finish watches also had gilt trim.

Very few were private label, but not number given.

263 were shipped out with Silver Railroad dials in 1914.

Production stopped in 1928, but sales continued until 1937. There were 4 left in stock at the end of 1937.

Don
 

RON in PA

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Also there is an excellent article on the 940 by Ed Ueberall and Kent Singer in the October, 1999 NAWCC Bulletin.
 
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Sean Mc.

Wow! Thanks for the information. Thank God for this board. I would have spent hours searching for that information and not come up with half of it.
Off to check the archives for that article.
 
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Sean Mc.

Thanks Ron. I looked up this article in the archives and found it in the "Railroaders" section of that issue. How do I go about getting a copy of that article? Do they have issues archived on-line? I am sorry about the mundane question but I am a new NAWCC member and am still "hitting all the balls" in hopes that one of them will go in.
 

HenryB

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Great information on the Gilt Trimmed and Special Finishes Don.

Silver Railroad dials--Has any of these dials surfaced ?
 

Fred Hansen

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Don -

Is there any mention in the records you've seen about production of the Hamilton 940 with Weem's Patent seconds-bit setting?

The few I've seen with this complication have been in the 1.4 million serial range.

Thanks!

Fred
 

Robert Sweet

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Don,
Thanks for sharing the special notes about the 940's. This information can only be found in the Hamilton archives at the NAWCC Library.

Without the gracious volunteer research work of Don and others this information would not be made available.

Thanks again Don for spending your Friday's in the Library doing research for those of us that would have to travel hundred's of miles otherwise.

Robert
 

RON in PA

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Sean: Go to the main NAWCC page and click on the library and research page. There should be info there that can help you obtain a copy of the 940 article or at very least tell you how to contact the library. I believe that you can borrow Bulletin issues.

Another alternative is to call the bookstore and order a copy of that Bulletin issue.
 

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Sean said:
... How do I go about getting a copy of that article? Do they have issues archived on-line? I am sorry about the mundane question but I am a new NAWCC member and am still "hitting all the balls" in hopes that one of them will go in.
Sean:

Although the Bulletin may eventually be available online to NAWCC members, I wouldn't hold my breath. However, back issues of the NAWCC Bulletin are available to members on loan by mail from the [colour=red]NAWCC Library & Research Center[/colour].

Good luck,
 

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