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My Watches

I am not a serious watch collector. My modest assembly of watches reflects my main interest which is researching and writing about watches, specifically, Hampden watches and their Soviet siblings.


The watch that ticks away on the right is a 'salesman sample' and is shown second from the left top pictures. The back is made of glass so the salesman could demonstrate the movement.

A real collector would be appalled at the non-originality, the poor condition and choice of models in my collection. Also at my incompetent photography which is evident below.

To my mind the movement is just as important as the dial face but in this instance you will mostly see the latter. Contact me if you want to see inside anything.

The first pictures are of my New York Watch Co. Size 18 watch with a 'Chas E. Hayward"

movement. The nearest date of manufacture, based on similar S/N's, would make it 1874. The second pictures show my oldest Hampden watch which dates from 1877 the year of  incorporation. It was from of a total production run of 2000, so the serial number dates it about mid way through.

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The top sets below on the left are from Springfield, with Canton pocket watches and some other collectables on the right.


Above are Canton made ladies watches. Lower set  L-R, "Molly Stark" and "Josephine" next to a "400" movement. The top three watches have later Swiss made "Venus" movements - Hampden cased. 

L-R a "Lady Grace", un cataloged variant, un cased movement (Vretman era). 


The left​ set show Dueber-Hampden wrist watches dating from the late 1800's to the late 1920's. Not all are in original cases - as wristwatches became popular smaller pocket watch movements were re-cased, often to cash-in on the gold or silver content of the originals.

Early re-cycling!


Above are Manheimer and Wein era watches. They cannot be dated by serial number and are best dated from catalogs. The origin of the movements could be Swiss, French or German. The two centre left watches were branded "Woolbrook" and "Douglas" by the Hampden Watch Co.


The left​ upper pocket watch is a clone made in Moscow and known as a Type-1. It has the 1st State Watch Factory 'Kirov' logo and so dates after 1934. Three other models were also produced from Hampden patterns, the Type-2, 3 & 4, all as rare as hens teeth.

The two watches on the bottom left are Electric models. These are battery driven fully mechanical Swiss movements which came in around the late 1960's and had disappeared with the advent of quartz movements in the 1970's. The upper "Grand Prix" has suffered from radiation burns, where the hands have stopped in one place for a long period and the luminous paint on the hands has stained the dial.

A prime collection could start in 1877 and go on past my electric watch circa 1977, because Hampden continues and their current watches can be seen on the company's web site. My story is non-commercial and not sponsored in any way, but I include their banner below for the following reason. My URL "" could easily deflect searchers seeking their information and yet they have not objected. On the contrary they have been most helpful in making archive information available to me.

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