Normally, the more jewels in a watch, the lower friction and the more accurate a given watch may be. At about this time an anti-trust law was passed and the watch case manufacturers formed a boycott against Dueber. In my opinion, the quality of these old tools matches the quality of what is being produced by the Swiss watch repair tool makers today. Approximate Serial Numbers and Production Dates. It was moved to Springfield, Massachusetts in 1867 and two grades of watches were produced.
Regardless of these name variations,those fortunate Americans who owned a new Hampden Dueber watch knew their impressive quality which most likely was the finest item that they ever owned. Others required a setting lever to be used. In its previous incarnation as the New York Watch Company, Hampden had an 18 size, 15-jewel Railway pocket watch that was one its highest grades. The firm manufactured time pieces. Vrettman went bankrupt in 1.
Dueber, 21J Wm McKinley, 17, 21J New Railway, 21J Railway, 19J Special Railway, 23J, 16S New York Watch Company Production Dates By Serial Number Note: These are approximate dates, actual dates may vary by years. Please note that I do not stock parts for modern or quartz watches. Masonic dial model, the Wm. Conflicting information exists about the fate of the Russian enterprise, but Henry Fried, a horology professor at New York University, reported seeing Dueber-Hampden machinery being used in China in 1986. My parts inventory is focused on American pocket watches, although I do have some Swiss material. Hampden was credited with the first 23 jewel 16 size watch made in America. The Pocket Watch Database provides a serial number lookup database for antique pocket watches, including Elgin, Illinois, Hamilton, Waltham, Hampden,.
Dueber sold the company to Walter Vrettman in 1925. Payment: I accept and prefer payment via PayPal. Dueber, John Dueber's son, sold the business to a group of Cleveland, Ohio businessmen in September 1925. A watch with no jewels won't work for long. In their first year in Canton, the combined firms employed almost 10% of the city's population. So to determine when your watch was manufactured, you will need to determine where your serial number fits within the range of numbers.
As you will see, most of my tools are antique or at least vintage but all are still in good working condition. Please if you have any questions about the repair of your vintage Hampden watch. Do not use the serial number from the watch case. Dueber's Dueber Watch Case Manufacturing Co. Some Hampden pocket watches were wound in the rear of the watch by the use of a small key - later models were wound by simply twisting it's winding crown.
Not sure which serial number to use? I should mention that the jewel in a watch is not ornamental, yet rather designed as a very low friction bearing in which the axil of a wheel rides in. It was common practise at the time for the watch case to be made by a different company than the movements, as was the case with Dueber's watch case company and Hampden Watch Company. Look up your Hampden Pocket watch serial Number Here. Since your serial number falls between those two numbers, you know that your watch was made in 1917 or 1918. Please for a fair, no-hassle, quote. You can pay for your purchase with PayPal by clicking the button below.
Click here for instructions on how to identify and open most common case types. In 1888-1889 both operations were moved to a pair of adjacent factory buildings in Canton, Ohio. So, if you need a part and don't see it here, just ask. You can access this option by clicking 'Continue' in the lower left corner under 'Don't have a PayPal account? One of the New York Watch Company's highest grades was the 18-size, 15-jewel Rail-Way grade, full plate movement, listed as adjusted to temperature. Dueber suffered from this practice and sued the companies involved, claiming that they wanted to form a monopoly and keep his company from competing in the market. Samuel Rice formed the New York Watch Company in 1.
Some of the more popular grades included Dueber, New Railway, Special Railway, Wm McKinley, General Stark, John Hancock, Molly Stark, Diadem, and the 400. Vrettman went bankrupt in 1927 and sold all of the company's equipment to Amtorg, a Russian purchasing company. Dueber model in both 17j and 21J, the Dueber Watch Company in 17 jewel, the Hampden Watch Co. If you live outside the U. Each wheel in the watch mechanism has a shaft that is threaded through a donut shaped jewel that reduces the friction. In 1886, he bought controlling interest in the Hampden Watch Company in order to protect his business from the Watch Case Trust. Your movement serial number may not be in exactly the same location as the one in the photo, but you are looking for the serial number that is on the watch mechanism itself.
Having a written record of the watch's provenance helps a lot when you get it appraised and can add to its value. I am a member of the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors and conduct my business according to the. Welcome to Dave's Watch Parts and Tools. I figured that I'd pass along a bit of information about Hampden timepieces, as their history and their watches are a great American success story. In March 2018, we purchased the inventory of Dashto Horological Supply. Pocket Watches, Antique Pocket Watches, Pocket Watch Lookup, Database, Serial Numbers, Inf.
Not all vintage watches can be dated using the serial number. We offer serial number lookups for manufacturers such as Elgin, Illinois, Waltham, and. Later models used a simpler consumer friendly design of adjusting time by simply pulling the watches crown out of the winding mode into the setting mode - to make this time change. The jewels are not for decoration; they are put into the mechanism to act as bearings on the gears. Please contact us if you have any questions about the repair of your vintage Hampden watch. I am a proud Business Member of the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors.