Hampden 18S 17J lever set (LS) adj. hunting case movement (HCM) pocket watch #1772666, handsome nickel full plate movement with screw-down jewel settings, a bar and concentric circle damascene pattern and is marked "Albert Hansen Seattle, Wash", porcelain enamel dial with Roman numerals, red 5 minute Arabic markers, an imitation double sunk line and a black marked subsidiary seconds register is marked "Albert Hansen", dial does have some faint hairlines, blue steel moon-style hands, re-cased into a heavy Fahys No. 1 coin silver smooth polish screw back & bezel (SB&B) case with a coin edge detail on the bezels, glass crystal and a heavy oversized bow, case is showing normal even wear overall with some smoothing to the coin edge engraving and a few small depressions on the back cover, measures approx. 56mm in diameter x 82mm in length x 20mm thick (crystal included). A heavy and impressive coin silver-cased vintage Hampden from the early 1900s in excellent overall condition!
- Year Made: 1903-1904
- Jewels: 17J
- Setting/Movement Type:
- Adjustments: 1-3 positions
- Serial #: 1772666
- Movement Finish: nickel
- Movement Details: hunting case movement (HCM), screw-down jewel settings, marked "Albert Hansen Seattle, Wash"
- Dial Material: porcelain enamel
- Dial Details: imitation double sunk (DS) accent line, jeweler's mark, "Albert Hansen Seattle, Wash"
- Hand Style:
- Case Style:
Silver - Coin
- Case Details:
re-cased, Fahys "No. 1" model
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 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.
This watch features a jeweler's mark, or name of the retailer that originally sold the watch, in addition to the name of the watch manufacturer. Jeweler's marks may be engraved or printed on the dial, case or movement, depending on the watch. See the Full Description for details specific to this piece.
The jewelers' mark was a pretty common practice during the early to mid-1900s, and does continue today. A jewelry shop would commission a small run of watches directly from a watch manufacturer, such as Hamilton, Illinois, etc., who would then add markings for that jeweler at the factory to the dial, movement and/or case. This would allow for the jeweler to offer a customized branding of a high quality watch without the prohibitive cost of directly manufacturing the watch components and assembly.
The most common example that most will recognize is with Tiffany & Co., which for a short time did manufacture their own watches but realized it was cost prohibitive for their label and transitioned to commissioning watches from high-end watch manufacturers instead. On many of their vintage watches, you'll see the "Tiffany & Co" markings on the dial, and occasionally also stamped on the movement and case, but additional markings on the movement will show Longines, International Watch Co., etc. to also indicate the manufacturing company.
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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