1898 Hampden Menlo Park balance repair.
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    1898 Hampden Menlo Park balance repair.

    I work for a church, and so many people have brought their father or grandfather's watches to me for restoration. Ive seen some amazing pieces, and some not so... Lol but anyways a woman brought me two watches over the weekend that I bought at a quick glance for a low price. One 7j Waltham 16s in a nice 20 year Philadelphia case, and the other I almost had a heart attack. It's an 1898 Hampden Menlo Park 18s. And of course... The balance staff is broken. I can hardly find any information on these, let alone parts. My skill set doesn't include balance staff repair as of right now. Slowly working towards it. Does anyone out there know where this could be repaired. Is there a Hampden person out there? Typically I wouldn't worry much about it, and file it in the drawer, but this is a really nice movement. I think it would be worth the repair, as I wouldn't be selling it, I would keep it as my own. Or if someone knows where parts could be located, Short of buying a working watch. The serial number is 1187167 it's a 17j adjusted I believe railroad Grade as per the database.
    Any help or feedback would be great!

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    Re: 1898 Hampden Menlo Park balance repair.

    rickhufnagel7...Hello.

    Take a peek over at Dave's Watch Parts...I have done business with him, and he is an Expert at such things, and a really nice person.

    There will be someone here who will be able to set you up with a new staff...25 years ago, this was a common piece of work, and most shops turned staffs frequently...now ( it seems ), this has become a Speciality, and some folks equate it with brain surgery...!

    I do not know the Menlo Park Grade, and would simply let you know, that there is a difference between Railroad Grade, and Railroad Approved...it was one thing for a watch to be able to be used on a railroad, it was something else, again, for it to be actually used!

    Some folks become pretty wound-up (!) when it comes to Railroad Watches...which ones were used on which Railroads, and if a Grade was even used at all, etc. To my mind, it's all a bit like 'gilding the lily' ( as Shakespeare said in one of his plays ): all these old watches are nice, have a story to tell, and do just fine on their own--Railroad Grade or not!

    Enjoy your Hampden.

    Michael.
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    Re: 1898 Hampden Menlo Park balance repair.

    Great story
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    Re: 1898 Hampden Menlo Park balance repair.

    Honestly the railroad aspect isn't what really got me humming, it's just a fine example of a higher grade Hampden. I'll definitely take some pics when I get home from work today thanks

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    Re: 1898 Hampden Menlo Park balance repair.

    Dave's the greatest btw, and I look through his stock almost every week.

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    Re: 1898 Hampden Menlo Park balance repair.

    Here's the photos. The movement says 17 jewels adjusted. Canton Ohio. Menlo Park. 1187167.

    I took a pic of the case back too, never heard of banner, after a little research I think it's made in Canadia. Just thought it was neat. It's a 20 year and there's some plate loss but looks good.

    Movement has a broken hour hand. Dial has one hairline from center through 57 minute Mark. And it's lever set.

    That's all I've got on it lol.

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    Re: 1898 Hampden Menlo Park balance repair.

    Thanks for the pics: love the exuberance of that decoration!
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