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PostPosted: Tue Dec 12, 2017 6:16 am Reply with quote
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darrah wrote:
Don't throw the baby out with the bath water. Some Hampdens are quit nice.


There are some pretty Hampdens...but very, very few good Hampdens. I think the anti-Hampden feeling originated with watchmakers who didn't like to work on them.

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That's odd.

I've worked on them. other than those silly setting springs, they are not problem repairs~

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Sturdy, although mostly boring watches with dials that are well made to last, unlike Columbus and other poor quality and fragile dials.

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rrstd wrote:
Art once showed me what he referred to as a rare Hampden. When I asked what was so rare about it, he responded “It Runs” 🙃

I’ve used the same line a number of times since.


To be honest here when someone (Art) is/was the Hamilton maven everything else was kaka dodo (or "RP" as Art used to joke) to him as Hamiltons are probably the finest watch movements to work on and repair--everything fits!

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Jon,
Except my Hamilton 951. Rhett was kind enough to sell me the winding wheel and Neil and I looked at it. As I recall, Neil had to unscrew it from the back.
Neil and I were afraid that we could break the barrel bridge as the screw just would not give way. I felt it was best just to leave it the hell alone and just have the wrong winding wheel on it. I think that is one of the few winding wheels on a watch that screw on from the back.
Scott

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 12, 2017 8:23 pm Reply with quote
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Possibly it was poorly cared for and got frozen?

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I realized that Hampden produced so few excellent ones but thought I would stir the pot a little and see what floated to the top. I find the comments enjoyable. I have to admit it, I will collect anything from a company that attracts my interest for any odd reason, regardless of the quality.

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Scott, but Rick says.......

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I0S4FewpdVM

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I have to put in my two cents on late and/or low grade Marions. It's a wonder any of them ever ran in the first place.

One of the things that has always soured me on Hampdens is that even relatively "nice" two-tones and the like just seem to always have dull plates and sort of a boring look. I've managed to get a few nice two-tone PLs but I'm terrified to even try cleaning them. My general opinion is that the Springfield ones are overall nicer than the Canton ones.

I'm pretty much a Waltham and Illinois guy, but at the same time Kentucky PLs have taken me into a pretty broad range of watches including some junk from most of the makers.

Along those same lines, offer me a Marion "Courier Journal" or anything American from Lexington, KY and I'll overlook any condition or quality problems it may have Smile
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BH, never clean any TT watches unless they have been abused and can be saved to some extent with a quick clean.

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Jon wrote:
BH, never clean any TT watches unless they have been abused and can be saved to some extent with a quick clean.


I think we covered this WAY back. Remind us the best way to clean 2-tone plates?

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Jon wrote:
Scott, but Rick says.......

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I0S4FewpdVM



ROFLMFAO - never mind the video - did you see the comments??

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Neilywatch wrote:
Jon wrote:
Scott, but Rick says.......

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I0S4FewpdVM



ROFLMFAO - never mind the video - did you see the comments??



Lots of fun stuff in that one.

I'm running a special on 992Bs this week-only $400!

I haven't had one in a while, but my last one was boxed(brown box, not cigarette) in a No. 11 case and numbered to the box. Admittedly it was a melamine dial, but in good shape. I don't think it quite reached $300.

BTW, the 3035 in my Rolex continues to amaze me. I've gotten to where I only bother to set it when the time changes, and it's rarely more than 10 seconds off when I do that.
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Neilywatch wrote:
Jon wrote:
BH, never clean any TT watches unless they have been abused and can be saved to some extent with a quick clean.


I think we covered this WAY back. Remind us the best way to clean 2-tone plates?


Here is what I do: Clean the TT plates, bridges, cock briefly (2 minutes max) rinse a couple of times and peg pivot holes thoroughly. Anything else takes a normal cleaning.

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Ben_hutcherson wrote:
Neilywatch wrote:
Jon wrote:
Scott, but Rick says.......

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I0S4FewpdVM



ROFLMFAO - never mind the video - did you see the comments??



Lots of fun stuff in that one.

I'm running a special on 992Bs this week-only $400!

I haven't had one in a while, but my last one was boxed(brown box, not cigarette) in a No. 11 case and numbered to the box. Admittedly it was a melamine dial, but in good shape. I don't think it quite reached $300.

BTW, the 3035 in my Rolex continues to amaze me. I've gotten to where I only bother to set it when the time changes, and it's rarely more than 10 seconds off when I do that.


Email or call tricky Rick and sell him one, Ben!

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