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In the heart of 19th-century America, where the clatter of horse hooves echoed and the scent of industrial revolution lingered, the world of horology was about to witness a revolution. Amidst this backdrop, the name 'Hampden' began to resonate.
Emerging from the ashes of the New York Watch Co. in 1877, the Hampden Watch Co. embarked on a journey that would see them craft over three and a half million timepieces, only to be silenced by the looming shadow of the Great Depression.
But behind this brand was a visionary: John C. Dueber. In the vibrant 1860s of Cincinnati, Ohio, Dueber laid the foundation of a watch case company. Sensing the winds of change in the 1880s and the threats from the Watch Trust, he strategically merged with Hampden. This union birthed the Dueber-Hampden Watch Co., now anchored in Canton, Ohio.
Hampden's journey was marked by innovation and a keen sense of market needs. In 1891, they launched an advertising campaign for their 17-jewel watches, at a time when most high-grade watches had only 15 jewels. This move not only set them apart but also initiated a trend, pushing other manufacturers towards producing 21, 23, and even 26 jewel watches.
Their bond with the railways was legendary. The name "Railway" wasn't just a grade; it was a testament to their precision and reliability. This association became so strong that when other companies tried to use similar names, Dueber-Hampden won a lawsuit, asserting their right to the term.
As the years rolled on, their advertisements painted the nation's magazines, introducing the world to the "Watchman" - a symbol of Hampden's unwavering commitment to time. Their collection was vast, from the intricate No. 104 to the Wm. McKinley Grade, a tribute to a fallen president and Canton's pride.
Yet, even legends face trials. The 1920s saw their sales wane, leading to a heartbreaking receivership in 1927. By 1930, their machines, once the heart of their operations, found a new home in Russia.
But legends never truly fade. Hampden's legacy, encapsulated in their masterpieces, remains a beacon of an era where art met precision. Today, they stand as timeless relics, celebrated by collectors and horology aficionados, echoing America's golden age of watchmaking.
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