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During World War II, production of consumer watches was stopped, more than one million watches were shipped overseas to troops.Hamilton also produced several models of chronometers to meet the US Armed Forces need for an extremely accurate timepiece which could be used for navigation at sea.Hamilton expanded its product line by introducing 0-size movements for women in 1908, these were designed to be worn suspended from a breast pin.12-size pocket watch movements for gentlemen were introduced in 1909.
Rood purchased the the Aurora Watch Company in Aurora, Illinois at auction. had been producing high-grade and mid-grade watches since 1884, however the company had gone into receivership in late 1889. In June 1892 a group composed of mostly Lancaster residents, including J. Grade movements manufactured evolved, including an upgraded escapement from single-roller to double-roller around 1906, were re-introduced as optionally factory cased in 1924, and upgraded with an Elinvar hair spring and monometalic balance in 1931.The soldiers found the wrist watches, often referred to as trench watches, could be more easily read when the soldiers hands were full and were more convenient to use than pocket watches.After World War I consumer market demand switched from pocket watches to wrist watches, the company manufactured wrist watches for civilian use. Howard Watch Company were acquired by Hamilton in 1931.The Lancaster Watch Company continued to suffer financial pains. During the 30 years of production the movements manufactured evolved, including an upgraded escapement from single-roller to double-roller around 1906, and an upgraded mainspring barrel from a going barrel to a motor barrel around 1908.The company was reorganized again in 1886, this time as the Keystone Standard Watch Company, primarily selling lower quality watches. Grade was the corresponding 21-jewel, hunting case version, available from 1898 to 1920 was also popular with over 26,000 movements manufactured.