Hampden 18S 17J hunting case movement (HCM) lever set (LS) adj Special pocket watch #756110, handsome full plate nickel movement with screw-down jewel settings, a Teske-style regulator and an elaborate concentric circle damascene pattern, double-sunk (DS) porcelain enamel dial with fancy Arabic style numbers, red 5 minute markers and a subsidiary seconds register has some short faint hairlines near 5 o'clock, fancy blue steel open morning glory style hands, re-cased into a heavy yellow gold filled (YGF) smooth polish screw back & bezel (SB&B) case with an oversized heavy bow, glass crystal and a star-shaped monogram shield on the back with a letter of "TEXAS" at each point, initials in the star "JWC", case has some brass starting to show on the frame and bezels, and there is a small scratch on the crystal, we can replace the glass crystal with a new beveled plastic crystal at no charge on request, measures approx. 55mm in diameter x 81mm long x 17mm thick (crystal included). An impressive, high quality vintage pocket watch from the 1890s, considered railroad grade at the time of production, in excellent condition!
- Company: Hampden
- Jewels: 17J
- Setting/Movement Type:
- Adjustments: 1-3 positions
- Model/Grade: Special
- Serial #: 756110
- Movement Finish: nickel
Movement Details Test:
- Dial Material: porcelain enamel
- Case Style:
Gold Filled - Yellow
55mm (2.17 inches)
Case Length, bow included:
- Crystal Material: glass
- Year Made: 1892-1893
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 about the company.
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.
We do have a professional watchmaker that does all of our cleaning and repair work for us. To have your watch serviced before shipping, simply add this Cleaning/Service Agreement
to your shopping basket. The cleaning and timing service is $95, and depending on the time of the year, has a turnaround time of 1 to 3 weeks.
Please note that we provide this service in addition to the listed purchase price of our watches. If you do purchase this option and later decide to return the watch, this fee is non-refundable.
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.