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    Help to Identify Pocket Watch

    Hi, I'm new to the forum and I wonder if there's anyone who might help me to identify an old pocket watch that I've recently inherited.
    The watch is definately American manufacture but the only information inside is Springfield Mass and a serial # 62644.
    The case say's Warranted No.1, Coin Silver. It's a large Hunter case measuring 60mm in overal diameter.
    I've attatched some photos as I would love to know a little of it's hisory.
    Here's hoping someone may be able to help.
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    Re: Help to Identify Pocket Watch

    I believe your watch is a Hampden 18 size Model 1 keywind/keyset from about 1877. This was the first year the company was called Hampden Watch Co, it was a successor of earlier companies called New York Watch Co first in Providence RI, then Springfield Mass. Hampden Watch Co was bought by Dueber the watch case manufacturer in 1886.
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    Re: Help to Identify Pocket Watch

    Coin silver is 90% pure, versus 92.5% for sterling silver.
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    Re: Help to Identify Pocket Watch

    Hi
    Thanks for your help. Very much appreciated. It's a great help to have the history.
    Unfortunately I think the main spring may be broken and as I know little of watch values as such, would it be worth the expense of having this repaired ?
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    Re: Help to Identify Pocket Watch

    Quote Originally Posted by severnvale View Post
    Hi
    Thanks for your help. Very much appreciated. It's a great help to have the history.
    Unfortunately I think the main spring may be broken and as I know little of watch values as such, would it be worth the expense of having this repaired ?
    Kind Regards
    Steve
    Especially as it is a heirloom I would say it is worth having it serviced. How is the condition of the dial and hands?
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    Re: Help to Identify Pocket Watch

    Hi Erik
    The hands and Dial could be described as mint. There's no damage or maks whatsoever.
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    Re: Help to Identify Pocket Watch

    Please post a picture. I suppose it has roman numerals.
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    Re: Help to Identify Pocket Watch

    Hi Erik
    I must me having trouble posting the photos as I Posted several with my original post. I'll have another go.( Yes it does have Roman Numerals and a small subsidiary seconds dial.
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    Re: Help to Identify Pocket Watch

    Hope this one comes out O.K

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    Re: Help to Identify Pocket Watch

    Mainsprings are fairly easy to replace; assuming nothing else is broken, somethign like this should cost $50-100 to have serviced (depending on your locale, of course...some places are just more expensive then others).

    If there are broken pieces inside (like jewels, which in these older watches are often true pieces of ruby or sapphire, and thus are slightly more apt to crack due to natural faults in the crystal) then the service cost will jump.

    If you DO get it serviced, make sure they tell you what they're going to do BEFORE they do it. I'm still bitter over my old pocket watch, where they drilled out the old jewel setting (on a nickle flashed plate) and pushed in a brass replacement. It was cheap, but it was cheap.
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