Saturday, June 25, 2016

Hampden, John Hancock, 18 size, 21 Jewel, Hunter Model 4 [HN4L-A] in a Keystone 'Nickeloid' Open Face Case. 
Currently in an Open Face Case. Another Hunter Movement I'll have to find an appropriate Case for {see below}. 

A Model 4, late, Hunter Movement [the only John Hancock Hunter made] may have had gilt/gold screws when it was made but a lot of Hampden's have had these replaced, as time went by, w/ plain screws.

The "Canton" Double Sunk Dial has the usual Arabic Script Numerals that are found on Open Face "Canton" Dials. It has a repaired chip at 10 o'clock as well as some hairlines.

This is my Roman Numeral, Double Sunk, "Canton" Dial. I've never seen Roman Numerals on a "Canton" Open Face Dial & I've only seen a couple of others like this one [never on a watch though]. It's nearly Mint State & I actually bought this watch specifically for this Dial. Here below we have the "Comet" Hunter Case I've found. Needs the Front Hinge repaired but otherwise OK. I do have Two John C. Dueber Special's, as well as the "Santa Fe", in need of Hunting Cases as well so I'll have to see. Update; The John Hancock will have to wait. The Model 4, John C. Dueber Special fit perfectly.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Manufactured in 1908 this is the Last Type of the 18 size, Hampden Special Railway's. A 21 Jewel, ON3L-5P, DR. Adjusted to 5 Positions, with a Double Roller & marked so on the Back Plates as required by the new Railway Watch Timekeeping Standards. 
Watch has a Double Sunk, Montgomery Dial & Large Spade Type Hands. 

The Back Plates have a Nickel Finish rather than the 2-Tone that appears on many earlier Spc. Rway's. The 2-Tones were being phased out for a plainer, more "Bauhaus" Style of Movement.

Currently in a A.W.Co. Swing-Out, Nickel Case. 

The Montgomery Dial may very well be original to the movement as they came into being in 1904 & by 1908 they were offered, free of charge, as an option on all Railroad Grade Hampden's. 

By 1906 the recommendations for Railroad Grade Watches included being adjusted to at least 5 positions w/ Double Roller & having the same engraved on the Back Plates.  

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

A Grade 80, 17 Jewel, Adjusted, Hampden from 1893, Serial # 930286.

This Watch has the Single Sunk "Circle" Dial which was common on the 17 Jewel Models of this era.

Model 2, Hunter, Movement w/ Teske Regulator. This is a Gold, Circle Damasked, Two-Tone Movement, even though No G80's are listed as such anywhere that I could find [they obviously made at least one of these]. It appears that, again, I've gotten hold of  an Undocumented Hampden Watch. On close inspection the chances of this being a "One Off" have gone way up. The Gold Circle is well defined in some places but at the top the Gold seems to 'drift' Northward in a kind of 'smudge'. This may indicate the Gold was applied by an Apprentice or this was a Test Movement that Hampden Salesmen would take around to Jewelers to see if they had buyers for it, before committing the Factory to producing an entire Run. 

Came in a Philadelphia, Silverode, Swing-Out, Open-Face, Case but the Stem doesn't extract or engage the winding mechanism, so it's now housed in an Unmarked Salesman's Case.This fits right in with the "Test Movement" Theory. Unless I acquire another Dueber-Hampden Salesman's Display Case { Hinged w/ a Bow, preferably} I guess this one's found a permanent home.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

"The Dueber Watch Co." [Hampden, Grade 200] Size 6, 7 Jewel, Hunter Case, Model 3, 3/4 Plate, Gilt Movement. Manufactured in 1889. 
Dial is a Single Sunk, Roman Numeral, "Circle" Dial, w/ Thin Spade Hands.
Front of Case Hand Engraved w/ a Bird & Floral Motif. The Engravings are very deep & sharp, showing little wear. 

A Dueber "Champion" Gold Filled Case. The Logo indicates a 20 year Guarantee & 10 to 14 Karats.

Rear of Case also has the Bird & Floral Motif but without the presentation banner [which has the initials L.H. on the Front Case]. 
As I don't really collect these small Hampdens so I've put this one up at Auction on Ebay {starting bid $126.50} & it closes on 6/28 so we'll see what happens then. 
Grade 200, Marked "The Dueber Watch Co." [most G200's were marked "Hampden"] Serial No. 572588. Running well & keeping time. Above we have a pic. I took to give an idea to just how bright & shiny this case really is.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Time Inspection Sheet by Webb C. Ball's Inspection Service, 1891/92.
This predates The Hamilton Watch Co. [formerly the Keystone Standard Watch Co., it became the Hamilton Watch Co. on Dec. 14,1892] which would come to dominate the Railroad Timepiece market in later years. As of 1891/92, the majority of Watches on The L.S.&M.S. were Hampden's. Out of the 2344 Watches inspected 833 were still Hunter Cased with an additional 68 "Sidewinders" [Hunter Movements in Open Face Cases]. 
Also of note is that out of 2344 Watches 112 were still Key Winds & 1573 Watches were listed as New in Service. From the look of it only 318 out of the 771 "Old in Service" Watches passed their first inspection. Looks like 1891 was a bang up year for Jeweler's *, most likely due to the New Standards for Railway Watches that Webb C. Ball had implemented. In 1893 "The General Railroad Timepiece Standards Commission" presented their New Guidelines for Railway Watches, which was highly influenced by Ball & were accepted by more & more Railroads till around the 1920's their acceptance had become uniform throughout the industry.   
The Lake Shore & Michigan Southern Railway began in 1869. In 1877 Cornelius Vanderbilt gained a majority of the stock & in 1914 merged it with his New York Central Railway.  
*Employees were required to buy their own watches.