Hampden 18s 17J, circa 1895
"John C. Dueber Special", Series
II, Hunting Case
Lever Set, Stem Wind
RARE Gold Filled Hunting Display Case
Dial: Original Hampden
porcelain dial is in superb shape. There might be a hair line
crack visible under magnification on this signle sunk dial, but
to the naked eye it appear to be as good as new! The black Roman
numerals are surrounded by red Arabic 5 minute intervals. The
moon style hands are also in excellent condition.
Movement: This 17 Jewel
high grade watch featured a Teske Patent micrometric regulator.
The highly damaskeened movement is marked "John C. Dueber Special"
and "Special Adjusted". This well running movement has
just been professionally cleaned, oiled, and adjusted, and is keeping
Case: This gold filled
case does have a few spot of brass showing through on the front
lid, and a few spots of brass on the back lid. Also the case spring
is a bit worn on the front lid, but it still opens with a little
help. What makes this case special is the crystal over the movement
in place of the cuvette (inner lid) that is usually there on hunter
case watches. What a great way to show off the Special movement
and see the works as the watch is running!
Crystals: Both crystals
appear to be clear glass and in good shape!