Watch, Hampden Railroad Watch

This watch, made about 1907, has a special dial and other precision features tailored to the accuracy requirements of railroaders.
Established in 1877 in Springfield, Massachusetts, the Hampden Watch Company relocated to Canton, Ohio, in 1888. The firm merged with a watch case manufacturer in the same city in 1923 to become the Dueber-Hampden Watch Co. and failed in 1927. The Soviet Union, through its trade representative in the United States, Amtorg Trading Corporation, purchased the firm’s machinery in 1929, shipped it to Moscow and began making watches shortly thereafter.
Movement: Signed: "Hampden Watch Co."; Serial #2191954; Nickel finish, face, full plate, 18 size, stem wind and lever set, regulator on bridge, bimetallic balance, lever escapement, factory ID series IV, 23 jewels, adjusted to 5 positions, movement marked: “NEW Railway 2191954/PATENT PINION/[logo]/23 JEWELS ADJUSTED/Canton, Ohio.”
Case: replacement, gold-filled, open face, back is engine-turned with central blank cartouche; back screws on and off, marked: “Kingston/GUARANTEED/20 YEARS/2409028”
Dial: white enamel, double sunk, heavy Arabic hour numerals, outer red ring of Arabic minutes and minute marks, seconds in black at 6, marked: “Hampton Watch Co.”
Currently not on view
Object Name
date made
ca 1907
Hampden Watch Co.
Physical Description
gold (watch case material)
nickel (watch movement material)
overall: 2 7/8 in x 2 1/8 in x 5/8 in; 7.3025 cm x 5.3975 cm x 1.5875 cm
stem: 3/4 in x 1 in x 3/4 in; 1.905 cm x 2.54 cm x 1.905 cm
place made
United States
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
W. Carl Wyatt Estate
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