Specifications

Manufactured by the Hampden Watch Co., Grade: John Hancock

Manufacturer: Hampden
Manufacturer Location: Canton, Ohio
Movement Serial Number: 2356992
Grade: John Hancock
Model: 4
Estimated Production Year: 1907
Size: 18s
Jewels: 21j
Movement Configuration: Hunting
Movement Finish: Nickel
Movement Setting: Lever
Plate: Full Plate
Double Roller: Yes
Regulator: Patent
Adjusted: Yes
Adjusted # of Positions: 5
Adjusted to Temperature: Yes
Railroad Grade: Yes

Hampden Railroad Grade John Hancock Faced with Rare Ferguson Dial in Excellent Condition

This Hampden Grade John Hancock Model 4 produced in 1907 is a rare exception to the rule in the world of railroad-grade pocket watches. Typically, a railroad-grade pocket watch was to be in an open face configuration. Yet, this Hampden, housed in a hunter-style case, was not blacklisted by Webb C. Ball, the author of the railroad timekeeping standards. Things get even more interesting when you factor in this watch’s patented Ferguson Dial. Webb C. Ball adamantly rejected this style of dial for railroad grade watches, despite his name gracing some examples of the Ferguson dial. So with two strikes against it, this watch was still approved, making it a horologically and historically significant timepiece.

The 21j Hampden movement is a high-quality railroad grade movement, housed in a beautiful hunter case and faced with a rare and highly sought-after Ferguson dial. Because there were several variations of the Ferguson dial, each marked “Ferguson Dial – Patented – For [Company] Watch,” compiling a complete set proves to be an ambitious goal for a collector of Ferguson dials.

The significance of these Ferguson dials is also tied to the fact the Ferguson Dial Company focused on providing their dials as aftermarket replacements for standard or damaged dials. The political pull and influence of Louis Buck Ferguson must have been impressive for him and his company to push their way past Webb C. Ball and gain access to the railroad grade market despite Ball’s resistance.

If you’re looking for this specific dial to add to your collection of Ferguson Dials or looking for an atypical example of railroad-grade pocket watches, this timepiece will make an excellent addition to your collection. The historical and horological significance of this timepiece is astounding. Whether you want to display this watch as a cornerstone of your collection or you like the way it looks. You want to use a rare timepiece as your daily wear pocket watch. This one is a sure winner.

$3,450

1 in stock

DETAILS

Overall condition: Excellent
Case: Size 18, 2 1/4 inches in diameter. Dueber Watch Case Co.  Gold filled “20 Years”. No damages. Please excuse the reflection in the images – excellent
Dial: Double sunk enamel, one minor craze – excellent
Movement: Excellent

Warranty: Full one-year warranty.
Service: All our treasured timepieces are completely disassembled, expertly cleaned, and oiled using the finest quality watch oil and gear grease and adjusted for accuracy.

Included with all orders: quality gift box, velvet pouch, tarnish-free paper, display stand (pictured), and polishing cloth.
Orders under: $2,500 are shipped USPS Priority Mail with signature confirmation.
Orders over: $2,500 are shipped FedEx Overnight with signature confirmation.

Specifications

Manufactured by the Hampden Watch Co., Grade: John Hancock

Manufacturer: Hampden
Manufacturer Location: Canton, Ohio
Movement Serial Number: 2356992
Grade: John Hancock
Model: 4
Estimated Production Year: 1907
Size: 18s
Jewels: 21j
Movement Configuration: Hunting
Movement Finish: Nickel
Movement Setting: Lever
Plate: Full Plate
Double Roller: Yes
Regulator: Patent
Adjusted: Yes
Adjusted # of Positions: 5
Adjusted to Temperature: Yes
Railroad Grade: Yes