Hamilton America’s Finest Watch first watch made was an 18-size 17-jewel pocket watch in 1893.During the next six years, Hamilton had developed a reputation for creating pocket watches of the highest caliber of quality.Within Hamilton's first fifteen years, only two size movements were produced the 18-size and the 16-size.
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However, Hamilton pocket watches were of better quality and they had a better standard.
There were only a few manufacturers, who produced their watches with their own equipment; Hamilton was one of them.
No other equipment was allowed because quality was the standard.
For each Hamilton Pocket watch produced, there were several labor intensive hours spent.
A watch was produced in 7-9 months and sometimes it took almost 12 month to produce certain watches.
The time was required because each watch went through a 2-month testing period and each part was tested separately and then assembled again.
In the beginning the consumer were focused on the number of the jewels on the watch and the grades, but after some years, the focus changed to style, different dials and beauty.
The total sales of Hamilton Pocket Watches was fifteen hundred in 1890, but in 1920, the same company sold more than five million time pieces.
The increased sales by the company were attributed to the good quality provided by Hamilton.
During the time of great depression the sales went down to 2 million but again in 1940’s the company surpassed a sale of 9 million. The 750 watchmakers worked at the Hamilton plant to produce 350 watches everyday.
The per-day manufacturing of Hamilton was very low as compared to the per day manufacture of Elgin or Waltham, the rivals at that time.