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!
- Year Made: 1892-1893
- Jewels: 17J
- Setting/Movement Type:
- Adjustments: 1-3 positions
- Model/Grade: Special
- Serial #: 756110
- Movement Finish: nickel
- Movement Details: Teske regulator, hunting case movement (HCM)
- Dial Material: porcelain enamel
- Hand Style:
- Case Style:
Gold Filled - Yellow
- Case Details:
Texas-theme engraving, monogram
Case Length, bow included:
- Crystal Material: glass
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 December 5th, 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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