Hampden 17J lever set (LS) adj. grade "The Four Hundred" wrist watch #3082970, 3-0S 3-finger bridge nickel vintage mechanical manual-wind movement with raised screw-down jewel settings and a bar-style damascene pattern, white fancy enamel dial with elaborate black Arabic numbers, black and gold filigree minute markers, gold and green gold floral filigree designs in a pseudo imitation double sunk (DS) line and a white subsidiary seconds register, dial does have a few hairlines, heavy blue steel spade & whip style hands, heavy yellow base metal (YBM) & stainless steel (SS) cushion-shaped case with a wide sloped bezel supporting the domed plastic crystal, floral engraving along the frame, time-set lever at 5 o'clock and short heavy extended lugs; while it appears this case has only been used with this watch the case is a re-case and not factory original to the watch, case is showing normal even wear overall with some spots of discoloration on the lugs and frame edge, measures approx. 31mm wide x 38mm lug to lug x 11mm thick (crystal included), new highly textured very dark brown leather strap band. A high grade and attractive pocket watch from the early 1900s that has been repurposed into an attractive wrist watch in excellent overall condition!
- Year Made: 1913-1914
- Jewels: 17J
- Setting/Movement Type:
manual-wind, lever set
- Adjustments: 1-3 positions
- Model/Grade: The Four Hundred
- Serial #: 3082970
- Movement Finish: nickel
- Movement Details: bridge layout, 3-finger bridge layout, screw-down jewel settings
- Dial Material: fancy enamel
- Dial Color: white
- Dial Details: imitation double sunk (DS) accent line, gold filigree accents
- Hand Style:
- Case Style:
Base Metal - Yellow, Stainless Steel
- Case Details:
Case Width, without crown:
31mm (1.22 inches)
Case Length, lug to lug:
Interior Lug Width:
(measurement range includes watch length & band)
- Band Material: leather strap
- Crystal Material: plastic
The Hampden Watch Company was founded in in Springfield, Massachusetts in 1877, as a renamed continuation of the New York Watch Company that stopped production under that name in 1876. While the company produced a number of high quality lines, it was not until the purchase by the watch case maker John. C. Dueber, and moving of the company to Canton, Ohio in 1886, that the company was able to increase production to become one of the more prolific American watch companies of the time. When the company closed in 1927, they had produced almost 4 million watches.
As an additional resource, we've posted a Serial Number Production List
which includes information for Hampden serial numbers and dates of manufacture.
The NAWCC also has a comprehensive article
about the company; additional information may also be found on Wikipedia
This watch is in good running condition, unless otherwise noted in the description. This means that on receipt, pending any item-specific running conditions noted in the description, you can expect the watch to be winding and setting properly and to run smoothly while keeping reasonable time. We consider "reasonable time" to meet these basic guidelines:
- Railroad Grade Watches will be keeping +/- 5 minutes per day
- Pocket and Wrist Watches with 15 or more jewels will be keeping +/- 10 minutes per day
- All key wind watches and watches with 14 or fewer jewels will be keeping +/- 15 minutes per day
The above guideline is the lowest standard in which we would ship out a watch, however in most cases, you will see much better timekeeping. Most of our watches have been in storage for many years, so if you plan on carrying/wearing them everyday, you should consider having them cleaned and oiled soon, and then once a year thereafter to keep them in top running condition. If the watches will be for occasional use or display, they should be cleaned and serviced every 3 to 5 years depending on use.
As of November 29th, 2023, we are not offering a cleaning and service option through PM Time Service. While we do hope to offer this again in the future, we are unfortunately unable to meet customer requests for watch servicing at this time. Please note that, unless otherwise mentioned within the "Full Description" tab, this watch is being sold in good running condition and is ready to wear or carry on arrival.
Unlike modern quartz watches, most vintage watches need daily winding in order to keep the watch functioning for timekeeping. Additionally, there are a number of different ways to set the time other than simply pulling the crown away from the watch body. We are happy to provide an overview of each of the different setting types on our "How To Use" page
, where we also provide information on proper winding techniques for each style and some suggestions for the proper long term care and storage of your watch.
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