Hampden Champion in Dueber Gladiator Case - My First


Jul 20, 2014
Thanks in advance for any additional information or corrections concerning a Hampden pocket watch just passed to me by my father. It is a well-worn and used watch passed down through possibly three generations of farmers, being most likely purchased in Southern Indiana and carried by the next generations to live in Central Kansas and Iowa. As I work to document the hand-offs, I am hoping to verify or clarify what I (think) I have learned so far about the watch itself. Pictures attached:

Case: "The Dueber Gladiator"
s/n 5005825

Movement: Hampden "Champion"
s/n 1546894
Engraved with "Champion;" "Safety Pinion;" "Canton O." and flag emblazoned with a capitol letter "H"

Thanks again for any information, insight, or general thoughts you might have.


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Hi Pete:

Welcome to the NAWCC American Pocket Watch Message Board!

Please excuse me if I repeat some of what you already know, it's easier for me this way. Checking the references listed in the Hampden Watch Co. Encyclopedia article (and looking at your pictures), Hampden movement serial number 1546894 can be seen to be a 16-size,
model 2,
Champion grade,
gilt (gilded) finish hunting movement, having
7 jewels,
built in about 1901, give or take a year or so. This was a popular movement of which over 69,000 were made.

Your watch case is a gold-filled Gladiator grade case that was made by the Dueber Watch Case Manufacturing Co.

Unless you know that it has been properly cleaned and oiled within the last few years, you should have the watch serviced before running it very much. It may be helpful for you to read the Encyclopedia article on Watch Service and its related links, especially the one to the message board thread on the subject. The Encyclopedia article on Choosing a Pocket Watch Repair Person may be useful as well.

Having gathered and printed out information about a family watch, it is a wise idea to write out as much as you know about the family member to whom the watch originally belonged - or as far back as you can go, including (and clearly identifying) what you can guess. Then, add the names and relationships of the family members who passed it down to the current holder. Make up a booklet with this and all of the watch information and try to keep it with the watch. You might even include a CD or, better yet, a USB thumb drive with copies of the pictures or information, in addition to the printouts. Even though they may not be readable 100 years from now, some more recent descendent may transfer the files to the then current format and media. This way, the watch has real family heritage instead of it just being an old family watch, the identity and relationship of the original owner having been lost in the distant past.

Please feel free to ask about anything that isn't clear to you.

Good luck,

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