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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.

Hampden Grade Special Railway Pocket Watch

Grade: Special Railway

Gold Jewel Settings

Manufacturer: Hampden
Manufacturer Location: Canton, Ohio
Movement Serial Number: 635731
Grade: Special Railway
Model: 4
Estimated Production Year: 1890
Size: 18s
Jewels: 17j
Movement Configuration: Hunting
Movement Finish: Nickel
Movement Setting: Lever
Plate: Full Plate
Regulator: Teske
Adjusted: Yes
Adjusted # of Positions: 0 or 5
Adjusted to Temperature: Yes
Railroad Grade: Yes
Dial Feet Locations: 14, 36.5, 52
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Verifications & Observations

  • December 3, 2017:
    Serial Number 635774 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: Movement marked "Railway". Is 15 jewel, 2 tone
    checkerboard damaskeen.
  • September 22, 2014:
    Serial Number 635800 was reported as accurate
  • June 16, 2013:
    Serial Number 635731 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: Movement Finish - Two-tone
    Teske regulator
    Factory upgrade, jewelled center wheel making it
    a 17 jewel watch and engraved as "Special"

    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Grade changed from Railway to Special Railway
    Jewels changed from 15j to 17j
    Movement Configuration changed from Openface to Hunting
    Factory Model changed from 3 to 4
Hampden Grade Special Railway Pocket Watch