The Hampden Watch Co was built by a fiery businessman named John Dueber, who in 1891 would introduce the first 23-jewel watch in America, launching the jewel wars. This elegant gentleman's watch with its square case is ideal for formal occasions because of its slim size, and the textured Art-Deco dial is gorgeous. The next time you step out in style, make sure this piece is in your vest pocket attached to a silver double-Albert.
It's the Roaring Twenties, when watch companies began to focus less on the movement patterns and more on the visible parts of the watch, like the dial and case. The Art-Deco look was in full swing, giving rise to plenty of experimentation on dial materials, textured surfaces and fonts. Combining the origins of both the Mozart Watch and New York Watch companies, the Hampden Watch Co was officially named in 1877 in Springfield, Mass. This 12-size 7-jewel pendant-set Grade 302 looks to be an entirely original combination, and was just restored with a new balance staff and a thorough cleaning, and is now keeping great time. It fronts a metal dial with a embossed-gilt inner chapter and a set of blued moon hands, and comes in a very unusual square century-old Monitor case with a blank shield on the snap-on rear cover, a new crown, and a new beveled glass crystal.
Manufacturer - Hampden Dueber
Serial Number - 3798527
Watch Size - 12
Watch Grade - 302
Jewel Count - 7
Winding/Setting - Stem/Pendant
Production Year - 1921
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