Hampden 18S 17J LS adj. grade No. 81 pocket watch #895948, fancy enamel dial, heavy WBM SB&B case

Hampden 18S 17J LS adj. grade No. 81 pocket watch #895948, fancy enamel dial, heavy WBM SB&B case

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Hampden 18S 17J lever set (LS) adj. grade No. 81 pocket watch #895948, attractive nickel full plate movement with screw-down gold jewel settings and a fancy concentric circle damascene pattern, elaborate fancy enamel white dial with black Roman numerals surrounded by gold filigree designs and separated by gold stars, black Arabic 5 minute markers with silver filigree ball accents, a black-marked subsidiary seconds register, a gold filigree "H" for the "Hampden" dial mark and a delicate yellow & green gold filigree flower with leaves on the left side of the dial, dial does have a number of hairlines but is complete, blue steel moon-style hands, re-cased into a heavy smooth polish white base metal (WBM) screw back & bezel (SB&B) case with a coin edge engraved bezel around the extra thick glass crystal and a large heavy bow, case is showing normal even wear with some small spots of discoloration and scratches on the back, front bezel and frame, measures approx. 58mm in diameter x 85mm in length x 21mm thick (crystal included). An impressive Hampden from the 1890s that was considered a railroad grade watch at the time of production in excellent overall condition!
  • Year Made: 1895-1896
  • Company: Hampden
  • Movement Size: 0318S
  • Jewels: 1117J
  • Setting/Movement Type: lever set
  • Adjustments: 1-3 positions
  • Model/Grade: No. 81
  • Serial #: 895948
  • Movement Finish: nickel
  • Movement Details: gold jewel settings (GJS), screw-down jewel settings
  • Dial Material: fancy enamel
  • Dial Color: white
  • Dial Details: gold filigree accents
  • Hand Style: moon - standard
  • Case Style: SB&B
  • Case Material: Base Metal - Silver/White
  • Case Details: re-cased, extra-thick glass crystal
  • Case Width/Diameter: 58mm (2.28 inches)
  • Case Length, bow included:  85mm (3.35 inches)
  • Case Thickness:  21mm (0.83 inches)
  • Crystal Material: glass
  • Condition: Excellent
  • Gender: Gentlemen's
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 July 25th, 2024, 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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In each description, we attempt to note the following things:
<maker><size><jewels><setting><adjustments><grade/model><serial number>, <movement information>, <dial information>, <hand information>, <case information>, <misc. information>, <overall condition and comments>

Taking an example of a watch already described, we've bracketed the different sections and ordered them as above:
<Ball-Hamilton> <16S> <21J> <LS> <adj.> <Official RR Standard> <#B651197>, <nickel movement with gold jewel settings and concentric circle damascene pattern, should be noted that the gears on the movement may not be all original however watch is running strong and not affecting running condition>, <porcelain Ball marked dial with Arabic numbers has very faint hairline (not distracting)>, <blue steel hands>, <beautiful YGF SB&B Ball marked case with engraved bezels and blank monogram shield showing normal even wear (no brass)>, <fancy bow>. <High grade Ball watch in very good condition, perfect to carry everyday!>

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