Seeking Hampden Pocketwatch Info -- Part II

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    Seeking Hampden Pocketwatch Info -- Part II

    Not sure why the other thread closed, but thanks for the info so far.

    Unfortunately, I don't know much more about the watch, other than it's been in storage for probably 50 years or so, so if it was ever put in a different case, it would have been quite a while ago. Was it normal to recase a piece back then?

    I was able to open up the case. Here are a few shots of the movement, serial number, and caseback number:






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    Re: Seeking Hampden Pocketwatch Info -- Part II

    Hi Pratt,

    Recasing a watch was pretty common. Yeah. Don't forget, a pocket watch was VERY expensive. If you damaged the case, you didn't throw it out. You got rid of the CASE, but kept the MOVEMENT and gave it to a watchmaker to recase for you. These things were far too valuable to just chuck out and go buy a new one.
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    Re: Seeking Hampden Pocketwatch Info -- Part II

    It is a Hampden grade 200. This is a size 6, meaning it was a lady's watch. It was made about 1891 and with 7 jewels it was a base model in the Hampden range. More than 130.000 were made so it is not rare. As mentioned by others it is a hunting model, the origional case would have had a lid over the face that would need to be opened to see the time. The replacement case is rather inappropriate as it is probably 30-40 years newer than the movement. Maybe it once had a gold case that was sold off and replaced at the start of the depression era?
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    Re: Seeking Hampden Pocketwatch Info -- Part II

    Here is a 1896 sales catalog showing your watch movement listed:
    http://elginwatches.org/scans/sales_.../m_pg_192.html
    Look under Hampden Watch Co section C, No. 200. Although the one listed is gilt, while your is having nickel finish, you will get an idea of how grade 200 was placed in Hampden's model lineup. Pocketwatch movements were sold separately back then, end customer decided on which case the movement should be put in, at an additional cost.
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    Re: Seeking Hampden Pocketwatch Info -- Part II

    Thanks, this is some great info. I think you might be right about the case being switched out at the start of the depression era.

    I'm going to have this one restored. I'm thinking of having it recased back to the appropriate hunter's case as well.

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    Re: Seeking Hampden Pocketwatch Info -- Part II

    Hah. If you can FIND a 6-size hunter-case anymore. Search eBay, you might get lucky. If you do, a watchmaker should be able to recase it for you.
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