Hampden pocketwatch information

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    Hampden pocketwatch information

    Hello all,

    I promised a friend I would pick the collective brain and get as much information on this watch that he inherited. It is in amazingly good condition as you can see from the photos. I assume that the serial number on the movement is the one that shows up on the Hampden serial # list, but I wonder what the relevance is of the number on the case. Anyway, I look forward to hearing back from you WISe folks and my friend is probably even more so. Thanks in advance.






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    Re: Hampden pocketwatch information

    Wow, that is just gorgeous!

    My Hamilton pocket watch has a serial number on the movement, and the case (made by Wadsworth) has a different serial number. Both numbers date to 1927. Maybe your friend's watch has a similar connection between case and movement numbers.

    Obviously, more informed information is still to come. :)

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    Re: Hampden pocketwatch information

    It is a 18 size Hampden grade 31 model 2 from 1886, 11 jewel unadjusted. Total production of this grade was 35800. Gilowsky's Standard refers to the private label, Hampden supplied to many private label companies and this one was based in Milwaukee Wisconsin. They have reportedly also used a 15j version of Hampden model 2. The Dueber case is marked 14K as far as I can see. If the anchor below the 'Dueber' marking is raised it is solid gold. If the anchor is engraved it is gold filled. Case serial numbers are not useful for traceability.
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    Re: Hampden pocketwatch information

    Thank you for the feedback gentlemen. Erik I especially appreciate the great concision and thoroughness of information. This is what I really like about WUS - I post a question, go to bed, and have answers by morning
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