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Due to the lack of existing factory records, our Hampden database has been reconstructed using observations of known watches.
As a result, the information may contain inaccuracies. Please let us know if you have details that can improve the database.

Grade: Wm. McKinley

Manufacturer: Hampden
Manufacturer Location: Canton, Ohio
Movement Serial Number: 1985999
Grade: Wm. McKinley
Model: 4
Estimated Production Year: 1904
Size: 16s
Jewels: 17j
Movement Configuration: Hunting
Movement Finish: Nickel
Movement Setting: Lever
Plate: Bridge Plate
Regulator: Patent
Adjusted: Yes
Adjusted # of Positions: 5
Railroad Grade: No
Dial Feet Locations: 24.5, 37.52, 58
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Verifications & Observations

  • November 4, 2019:
    Serial Number 1985491 was reported as accurate
  • October 20, 2019:
    Serial Number 1984102 was reported as accurate
  • August 8, 2019:
    Serial Number 1985794 was reported as accurate
  • June 29, 2019:
    Serial Number 1984218 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: Movement is lever set.
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Movement Setting changed from Pendant to Lever
  • May 8, 2019:
    Serial Number 1985725 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Movement Setting changed from Pendant to Lever
  • October 20, 2018:
    Serial Number 1988972 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: Mine is marked 17 jewels
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Jewels changed from 21j to 17j
    Plate changed from Unknown to Bridge
  • July 25, 2018:
    Serial Number 1987620 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Adjusted # Positions changed from 0 to 5
  • July 18, 2018:
    Serial Number 1988108 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Adjusted # Positions changed from 0 to 5
  • May 29, 2018:
    Serial Number 1984281 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Movement Setting changed from Pendant to Lever
    Adjusted # Positions changed from 0 to 5
  • May 26, 2018:
    Serial Number 1987865 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: Movement is lever set. everything else is correct.
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Movement Setting changed from Pendant to Lever
    Adjusted # Positions changed from 0 to 5
  • March 26, 2018:
    Serial Number 1988767 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: 17 jewel and model 4 and hunt case
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Jewels changed from 21j to 17j
    Plate changed from Unknown to Bridge
  • December 26, 2017:
    Serial Number 1985954 was reported as inaccurate
    No further details were submitted with the report.
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Movement Setting changed from Pendant to Lever
    Adjusted # Positions changed from 0 to 5
    Railroad Grade changed from Yes to No
  • July 6, 2017:
    Serial Number 1987932 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Adjusted # Positions changed from 0 to 5
    Railroad Grade changed from Yes to No
  • March 10, 2017:
    Serial Number 1985910 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Adjusted # Positions changed from 0 to 5
    Railroad Grade changed from Yes to No
  • January 22, 2017:
    Serial Number 1987837 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Adjusted # Positions changed from 0 to 5
    Railroad Grade changed from Yes to No
  • May 1, 2016:
    Serial Number 1987245 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Adjusted # Positions changed from 0 to 5
    Railroad Grade changed from Yes to No
  • April 19, 2016:
    Serial Number 1987245 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Adjusted # Positions changed from 0 to 5
    Railroad Grade changed from Yes to No
  • February 10, 2016:
    Serial Number 1984211 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Adjusted # Positions changed from 0 to 5
    Railroad Grade changed from Yes to No
  • April 14, 2015:
    Serial Number 1988840 was reported as accurate
  • February 7, 2015:
    Serial Number 1988720 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: HC 17j marked adjusted but not as to # of
    positions, Barrel bridge covers the barrel
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Railroad Grade changed from Yes to No
    Plate changed from Unknown to Bridge
  • February 7, 2015:
    Serial Number 1988720 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Railroad Grade changed from Yes to No
  • December 29, 2014:
    Serial Number 1987818 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Adjusted # Positions changed from 0 to 5
    Railroad Grade changed from Yes to No
  • December 29, 2014:
    Serial Number 1987818 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Adjusted # Positions changed from 0 to 5
    Railroad Grade changed from Yes to No
  • December 29, 2014:
    Serial Number 1987818 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Adjusted # Positions changed from 0 to 5
    Railroad Grade changed from Yes to No
  • November 6, 2014:
    Serial Number 1987858 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Adjusted # Positions changed from 0 to 5
    Railroad Grade changed from Yes to No
  • June 28, 2014:
    Serial Number 1985256 was reported as inaccurate
    No further details were submitted with the report.
  • January 14, 2014:
    Serial Number 1987256 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Adjusted # Positions changed from 0 to 5
    Railroad Grade changed from Yes to No
  • December 25, 2013:
    Serial Number 1988913 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Movement Configuration changed from Openface to Hunting
    Railroad Grade changed from Yes to No
  • September 24, 2013:
    Serial Number 1984248 was reported as inaccurate
    No further details were submitted with the report.
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Adjusted # Positions changed from 0 to 5
    Railroad Grade changed from Yes to No
  • July 17, 2013:
    Serial Number 1988534 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Adjusted # Positions changed from 0 to 5
    Railroad Grade changed from Yes to No
  • July 17, 2013:
    Serial Number 1988534 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Adjusted # Positions changed from 0 to 5
    Railroad Grade changed from Yes to No
  • June 1, 2013:
    Serial Number 1987167 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Adjusted # Positions changed from 0 to 5
    Railroad Grade changed from Yes to No
  • June 1, 2013:
    Serial Number 1987167 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Adjusted # Positions changed from 0 to 5
    Railroad Grade changed from Yes to No
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