This is my dad’s 16
jewel Hamilton pocket
watch, purchased for the
pricey sum of $65.00 in 1927 while he was working on the NY Central RR
in Niagara County, NY. The seller came back for several weeks to
collect installments – early credit collection technique for the time!
My dad always wished he had purchased an 18-jewel watch, which would
have been of conductors’ quality and accuracy.
One of my earliest
memories is of sitting on his lap while he held the watch to my ear to
hear the steady ticking of the mechanism. When he passed away in 1992 I
acquired the beloved timepiece, its gold chain, and “fob”. The latter,
to my surprise, had a tiny photo of my mother taken as a teenager. He
carried this watch every day of his life. It still keeps “pretty good
time”. I learned it costs more today to have it cleaned than its