Thanks for visiting my vintage Hamilton watch blog. I like to restore US-made Hamilton wrist watches back to their original glory and share my experiences with other enthusiasts. Use the "Search" space below if you know what model you're looking for. Feel free to leave polite comments or questions in the spaces provided. Also check out my "watches for sale" on my Etsy site - the link is on the right, just below.

Overhaul Examples

Tools you will need...

How to install a watch crystal

How to change a crown

Replacing a Balance Staff

Poising a Balance

Dial Refinishing Examples

Personalized Dials

Coronado / Piping Rock Hinge Repair

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  1. I came across a pretty watch in a 2nd hand store and got it for my granddaughters to play with like a lot of their jewelry. But some said I need to have it checked out before letting them pack it off and lose it. Well I have tried and came up with a lot of neat info but means nothing to me! Can someone help me if I post a picture or words & number's? thank you in advance.

    1. You can send me a photo through Etsy or by email. If it’s a Hamilton Watch I can probably identify it.

  2. Hey Dan. I have a Hamilton Barton that needs to have the face restored. Someone cleaned it years ago and took off the decal logo. Any thoughts on who can do this for me? Is that something you do?


    1. The dial can be removed and sent to International Dial Co. They will do a fine job for you.

  3. Found a ladies Hamilton at yard sale I can't find a close match on any websites to tell how old it is but it has numbers on back but they bring nothing up

  4. I got a Hamilton face watch at a yard sale inside a box of many different vintage items. It says its a 987f 4182172 and it has other stuff engraved on the inside of the back under the name. I know nothing about watches. I keep looking for it online but I'm confused due to the hands mostly. I can see thru the hands but I can't on most pictures I find. Also what could the engraving be about? It has E3783 E4329 E4478, the H43449841 and 78 above the 34 of that number. Hope I'm making sense. The winding stem fell out of it but was with it in the box as well. Glass is chipped some and the inside area looks clean but a few scraps and small ding or two. Not sure if it works but looks like it could with repair. I'm guessing that could be pricey from what I have saw so far. Thank you for the info. I have found out more here than any place else so far.

    1. Beats me. Perhaps you can send me a picture. I can be reached through my Etsy shop or the “contact me” link above my picture in the web version of my site

  5. My grandfather left me his Hamilton watch and I would like to know if you can clean and get running again. I’m not sure witch model it is. What is the best way to get you a picture of this watch to work up an estimate?

  6. Hi Dan I have a 1966 Thinomatic tribute watch that was my grandfathers. It runs well however, I don’t know when it was last serviced. Is this something that needs to be done right away.

    1. The oil inside a mechanical watch eventually evaporates and any dirt inside will wear on the fine parts if the watch is used. So regularly cleaning and oiling mechanical watches every few years is necessary to keep them running as expected. To run a watch without oil will cause it to eventually wear out.