Description

Manufactured by the Hampden Watch Co, Grade: Special Railway

Manufacturer: Hampden
Manufacturer Location: Canton, Ohio
Movement Serial Number: 1380428
Grade: Special Railway
Model: 3
Estimated Production Year: 1899
Size: 18s
Jewels: 21j
Movement Configuration: Openface
Movement Finish: Two-Tone
Movement Setting: Lever
Plate: Full Plate
Regulator: Patent
Adjusted: Yes
Adjusted to Position: Yes
Adjusted # of Positions: 5
Adjusted to Temperature: Yes
Railroad Grade: Yes

Hampden Watch Co. Grade Special Railway Housed in Rare Loaner Railroad Case

This exquisite Hampden Grade Special Railway Model 3, produced in 1899, is a rare find featuring some details that are of historical and horological interest. This watch hit the railways at the turn of the century during those precious few quiet years ahead of the stormy 20th century.

Rail workers were required by regulation to carry with them a timepiece that complied with the railroad timekeeping standards established in the 1890s. But as with any mechanical device, sometimes a rail worker had to put their watch in the shop to be serviced. When this happened, the railway companies would loan the employee a watch to use. The railway company would engrave the case of their loaner watches in an effort to identify them as such. However, because they were loaners, these watches were often not as well cared for as a watch owned by an individual. Thus, finding one in excellent condition is truly a rare find. Even rare is finding a vintage pocket watch with a researchable history, and this fine timepiece does exactly that.

It is marked “Standard Loaner No. 4 Phil Spohn. Greensburg, Ind.” and if you find this bit of historical reference thrilling, this watch will be a perfect addition to your collection. The background photo for this watch includes the very train station in Indiana where this watch served and during the period in which it served. It’s quite possible this very watch was sitting inside the train depot the moment the photo was taken or in service that day.

This watch has great character and interesting history, and if you are into the history of these fine timepieces, this watch is a must-have. It’s also marked Duber “Railway,” adding additional historical and horological significance. Against the odds, it’s survived a lifetime as a loaner watch in a world where such watches rarely survive to the present day. It has some minor wear and crazing on the dial, as one would expect of a working timepiece of the railways. If you’re looking to hold history in your hands or are wanting to own a timepiece that you can research a definable history or are interested in it for its horological significance, this is the watch for you.

$3,775

1 in stock

DETAILS

Overall condition: Excellent
Case: Size 18, 2 1/4 inches in diameter. Dueber Watch Case Co.  Sliverine  Marked “Railroad”, engraved Loaner case. No dings, dents – excellent
Dial: Double sunk enamel, some tight craze lines – very good
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.

Description

Manufactured by the Hampden Watch Co, Grade: Special Railway

Manufacturer: Hampden
Manufacturer Location: Canton, Ohio
Movement Serial Number: 1380428
Grade: Special Railway
Model: 3
Estimated Production Year: 1899
Size: 18s
Jewels: 21j
Movement Configuration: Openface
Movement Finish: Two-Tone
Movement Setting: Lever
Plate: Full Plate
Regulator: Patent
Adjusted: Yes
Adjusted to Position: Yes
Adjusted # of Positions: 5
Adjusted to Temperature: Yes
Railroad Grade: Yes