Thursday, December 22, 2016

A revision, of sorts, as this Watch is now a part of My Collection; "The" Hampden 18 size, Electric Railway, Serial No.2640034, 17Jewel, Adjusted, Model 3, Manufactured in 1909.
The Third time this Unique Hampden has been up for Auction.

It's a Pendulum Set [ON3P-A] Dueber Grand, Movement, with a different Barrel Bridge Plate, marked "Electric Railway" rather than "Dueber Grand". It seems to be the only documented example of this model.

It has a Single-Sunk, Arabic,Enamel Dial & Med. Spade, Blued Hands. It has been variously sold as a 1908 & 1910 Hampden but lists it with a manufacturing date of 1909. Possibly a Prototype for the Streetcar & Inter-Urban Market that never went into production. Definitely not intended for use by the Major Railroads as only Lever-Set Movements were acceptable on the Main-Lines. Hampden had a "Electric Railway Standard" 16 Size, Lever-Set, Watch in production in both Open-Face & Hunter configurations but few were made, which leads me to believe that they never became popular with Motormen & Street Car Conductors. 

Monday, December 19, 2016

An 18 size, Illinois "BUNN" 17 Ruby Jewels, Serial No.2622799.Made in 1914.
This movement has the "Sunburst" style of Damasking. Probably the nicest damasking on any of the "Bunn"'s & "Bunn Specials".

Very Good, Double-Sunk, Arabic, Enamel Dial. Has "Old English" or "Gothic" Style Fonts.

Movement is marked; Adjusted, Temperature, 5 Positions, Isochronism. 2622799, 17 Ruby Jewels, Double Roller. BUNN Illinois Watch Co. Springfield.
Current Case is this 20yr., Keystone, "J.Boss", Screw Back & Bezel Case, w/ Stag Engraving.
Markings on inner case mean it's a 14K, Gold Filled Case, Warranted to wear for 20 yrs. Serial # 8553704.

Originally housed in a Nickle Swing-Out Case. This case is neither original or age appropriate, so I've re-cased it in the Later-Type, GF, J.Boss Case.

Monday, December 12, 2016

American Timekeeper

American Timekeeper

I have yet to send them a watch but they come highly recommended & their price for cleaning & servicing are not insane [like a lot of others].

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Possible Dueber W.C.Co. 18 size, Hunter Case.

I'm waiting on this one to arrive. It's condition; a mystery. If it's an actual Dueber Case; a mystery. [Update; Not an Actual Dueber W.C.Co., Case].
Won't be able to tell how Brassed this is till it gets here. 

The engraving on both the Front & Back Lids still looks quite deep though.

The inside of the Dust Cover is marked with a Star inside a Flag, which is a Dueber Symbol but on Movements, not Cases. There were no pic's of the inside of the Rear Case, so we'll have to wait & see what's there. [It turns out Nothing on inside of Case Back].

This symbol has been noted on other Cases but there is no authentication of it's being an actual Dueber Watch Case Co. Trade Mark. No matter condition or authenticity, for the $9.99 I paid for it, I can't go wrong.  UPDATE; No, I don't believe this is an actual Dueber W.C.Co. Case. I think it was Gold Plated rather than Gold Filled [no Dueber Cases that I know of were 'Plated']. The Serial No. 05163 doesn't seem right & there is no other marking, besides the "Star in Flag" logo. As John C. Dueber said; "Remember, there is no article of manufacture so readily defrauded as are the products of gold".

Monday, December 5, 2016

Hampden Watches Blog. From the beginning to the Present..

Hampden Watches  This is a pretty complete list, which follows The Hampden Watch Co. from it's early days as The Mozart Watch Co. to the present day holders of the Hampden Name. I thought this would be of help to guide those interested through the many changes The Hampden, Dueber-Hampden, Dueber, etc. Watch Co. went through from it's inception to the present day.  

Friday, December 2, 2016

More popular in the Early 19th Century than the Late 1800's, this GF, Mesh Watch Fob was more for Fancy Occasions than Everyday Utility. 
Fob was Secured by a Clip on the Pant or Waistcoat Pocket, w/ a Chain to attach to the Watch Bow. 

Made by the F&C. Company. Date unknown. Fob has a Large Floral Letter & attached Heart Pendant, w/ Initials in center of Mesh. 

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Crescent Watch Case Co. Serial # 1969585. 3-Hinge, Open Face, Gold Filled, 20yr., Case.
From the Top, Case shows a Coin Edge, Thick Crystal, w/ late model Stem & Bow [1902-1915]. 

Inside Back & Dust Cover.

Expanded View, shows Front, Back & Dust Cover. 

Back is Engine Turned w/ Shield & Floral Pattern.
I'm using this Case for the Hampden, 1909, 18 size, 21 Jewel, Special Railway, with the Montgomery Dial. Right Era & enhances this 'Top of the Line' Movement [ON3L-5P, DR].  

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

This is the Case I'm using for the 1908 Hampden, 18s, 21J, Special Railway, Hunter Model 4, HT4L-5P, DR. 
Philadelphia Watch Case Co. 

Gold Filled, Guaranteed 20yr., Hunter Case. 

Serial #6468128.

This Case is quite similar to the Star W.C.Co., brassed Case, that came with it.

This is my Montgomery "Numerical" Dial. It is appropriate as a "Factory Supplied Dial" for only the 1908, Model 4, Railway Grade, Hunter Movements [& I never though I'd find a Movement to put it on], though you can find them on earlier RR Grade's as an 'After Market" addition.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

1908 Hampden 21 Jewel, Special Railway, Model 4, Two-Tone, Adjusted to 5 Positions, Double Roller, Hunter Case Pocket Watch. Serial No. 2586278. 
Only 100 made in this last Run of the Model 4, Special Railway's.

Double-Sunk, Arabic Dial, w/Medium Spade Hour & Minute Hands.

Star 20 yr. Gold Filled Hunter Case. Serial #2026175.

The Case is badly brassed & needs to be replaced. The Movement needs a NOS Hampden #1722 Balance Staff [all of which I have on hand]. The Dial & Hands are Good but I have a near mint Hampden, Montgomery Dial & Newly Blued, Medium Spade Hands that I'll be replacing these with [I think 1908 was the first year Hampden offered the Montgomery "Numeric" Dials, free on the Railroad Grade Movements]. Only 565 Total of this type of the 21 Jewel, Special Railway were made. Only the 23 Jewel Movements of this type are rarer w/ a Total of only 250.

Monday, October 31, 2016

A Brass, Advertising Novelty from "The Dueber Watch Case Co." 
This is a "Match Safe". It's long enough to hold the big "Barn-Burner" type of stick matches.  

The Hinge & Spring still work fine but it could use a polish.

I've seen these 'Advertising Novelties' { Fobs & Tie Stick-Pins } before but they've all been marked "Dueber - Hampden, Watch Co." or just "Hampden Watch Co.". Perhaps this one was made before "The Dueber Watch Case Co." moved to Canton, Ohio & became The Dueber - Hampden Watch Co. 

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Possibly Unique 1910 18 Size, Hampden Electric Railway Serial No. 2640034 [not part of my collection, mores the pity] 17 Jewel, Model 3,  ON3P-A. [Check up-date; Thurs. 12/22/2016. This is now a part of my collection].
Single Sunk, Arabic Dial, with Spade "Railway" Hands.

Movement is like the 17 Jewel Dueber Grand but is signed "Electric Railway". Otherwise a standard Open Face, Model 3, Pendulum Set, Adjusted, 17 Jewel, Hampden it's the only example I have ever come across. 

The Dueber-Hampden Watch Co. did make a 16 size "Electric Railway Standard" [previously documented here] but this 18 size Model is not listed anywhere & seems to be a "one-off" trial model. The 16 size Electric Railway Standard watches are quite rare so they must not have found much of a market & were discontinued around this time, which most like figured in the reason the 18 size Electric Railway was never put into production.  

Friday, October 21, 2016

1902 Hampden, New Railway, 23 Jewel, 18 size, Serial No. 1721580.

This one has the "Canton, Ohio" signed Dial that usually appeared only on the late 21 Jewel models. The Hands are the appropriate Spade & Whip, Blued, Railroad Hands. 

Has Damasked Nickel Back Plates, a Steel Escape Wheel, Sapphire Pallet Stones & Sapphire, Jeweled Motor Bearings. I'm currently looking for a supply of 'Beveled Head' polished steel screws to replace the 'Flat Head' screws [a lot of watches I have seen had the original 'Beveled Heads' replaced with 'Flat Heads']. I may have to use a thread gauge & micrometer & go looking for them at Screw Manufacturing Companies, [as a last resort]. 
Here's the Crescent, 20yr., Gold Filled, 3-Hinge Case I propose to use to replace the Dueber Silverine Case it came with. Serial # 1287441. 
It has a Engine Turned Back, with Shield & Floral Decorations. The Bow & Stem are correct for the Era, as is it's slim profile. 

Monday, October 3, 2016

Another Hampden North American Railway. Serial No.1438123, 21 Jewel, 18 size. This one from 1901 w/ "Fish Scale" & "Fan" Damasking. In Dueber Coin "Railway" 3-Hinged Case, Serial #2501633. 
Probably the best looking Damasking of any of the North American Railway's. 

Case has a new Acrylic Crystal. Bow is nice & Tight & it closes up tight.

Minor Scratching on Back of Case. 

Double Sunk, Enamel, "Script" Numeral Dial has 2 light hairlines @ 7 & 11. Nice, Blued, Medium Spade Hour & Whip Minute Hands.

The Dueber Coin Case is Marked "Railway" w/ the Dueber "Anchor & Shield" Logo. These Cases were around .900 to .925 Silver. Dueber also made .975 "Sterling" Cases but I haven't seen many, so I don't think they were very popular [probably a case of "small difference in Silver for the extra price"].  

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

A 1906 North American Railway, Private Label [J.R. Haynes, Carpenter, W.VA.] On June 20, 1906 a J.W. Haynes became the Superintendent of the Greenbriar Division of the Chesapeake & Ohio, Railroad's, West Virginia, Grand Division. 

Single Sunk Dial w/ Logo; J.R. Haynes, Carpenter, W.VA. [today there is no "Carpenter, W.Va." It may be under Lake Sutton in Braxton Co. or was a "Company Town", so small that it never made it on to a map. For that matter it could have been a Junction or Coaling Station on the C&O Railway].
Nickel, Model 3, Movement. 
Hands are Blued, Fleur de Lis style [missing seconds hand].
Plain Back, Gold Filled, Case. Making a guess, I would think that J.R. & J.W. Haynes were related. Same geography, last name & possibly a link to the C&O Railroad if J.R. was a Time-Inspector  [as many Jeweler/Watchmaker's were]. Perhaps the elevation of J.R.'s relative signaled more work & he ordered some Railway Approved, Watches from Hampden, w/ his Name on the Dial. Or it could have been a single purchase [names on Dials were free but the buyer would have been charged to have the movement stamped / engraved].

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Starting to make a dent in my severe lack of Hunter Cases w/ this Late 1890's / Early 1900's GF, Case.

Photo's show the Case still unpolished. It's a Yellow Gold Fill & should polish up Flashy Bright.

This is a Lever & Pendant Set Case & the Later Style Winding Ball & Bow.

Guaranteed to Wear for 20 years. Serial No. 661514 [which is of absolutely no use in dating or identifying any of these cases & one wonders why no Case Co. bothered to keep track of them].