A stunning and highly collectible Hampden 14 carat solid gold gentleman’s automatic watch dating to the mid 1950's in excellent overall condition. The case has gorgeous "ram's horn" lugs which look great as does the dial. The movement, which is a high quality 21 jewel A. Schild automatic shock proof mechanism, was serviced in March 2019, so is running perfectly and keeping time.
The Hampden Watch Co. was a well respected American company based in Canton Ohio, formed in the late 19th century and later in the 20th century sold to a Russian company.
Case: 14 carat solid gold in great condition, measuring approximately 35 mm across, excluding the crown and 43 mm from lug to lug. The elegant and ornate lugs are a real feature of this watch. They are fashioned into the shape of ram's horns and look absolutely stunning on the wrist. It is hallmarked as 14K gold on the inside and outside of the case. There are the expected marks inevitable from responsible and probably infrequent use over some 60 years but no dents or scratches of any significance that I could see to draw to your attention. The case was manufactured by the "Queens Watch Company" based in Jamaica until the mid 1960's after which it relocated to Alabama. The company manufactured cases for Omega and Hamilton, among others.
Dial: finished in satin silver with a gold coloured centre ring and signed "Hampden Automatic Shock Protected Water Resistant". Hours are marked by gold coloured batons. The hands are in good shape and the crystal is clean and clear. The dial has just been returned from professional restoration back to as it looked when new.
Movement: 21 jewel automatic movement manufactured by A. Schild and signed "Hampden". Having been serviced in March 2019 it is running strongly and keeping time.
Strap: fitted with a new old stock generic brown leather strap, which attached to the watch measures approximately 212 mm from buckle tip to last hole.