I was hoping to get a bit more information on this recent estate sale purchase. At just under $100. I was impressed by the two tone movement of which the gilding seems to be in pretty nice shape, the 23 jewels and the fact that it is running. On the other hand the case is pedestrian and the hands are rusted and one of the screws on the movement is mismatched. The database is not correct for this model. Calls this a Model 4 and dates to 1907. I believe it is a 16s but the database lists it as 18 and also lists 21 jewels. Database also does not have any production run or total production numbers.
I have a few pocket watches but am no expert and have no knowledge of Hampden. I assume this to be one of their higher end models of the time? Would anyone know if this is a quality piece and how it compares to Elgins, Hamiltons, Waltham etc.? Does the base metal case look original to the piece? Come to think of it, that train on the engraving is way too modern for 1907! Is it a piece worth trying to do a quality restoration on.? Any comments appreciated and welcome.