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• Mid-century modern man's/unisex watch by Hampden - circa 1949
• Square 10k gold filled case and caseback
• Intricate guilloche (hand-carved detail) on champagne dial
• Original, exaggerated curved front crystal in perfect condition
• Gold plated hands and stick/Arabic hour markers, Rolex-style sweeping second hand
• Shock protected automatic (self-winding) 17 jewels movement, made in Switzerland
• 39mm tall, including the lugs (26mm without lugs)
• 28mm wide, including the crown (26mm without crown)
• ALL ORIGINAL mechanical workings fully restored to function "as new" by master watchmaker
• Used Hirsch 16mm green leather band—fits wrists up to 7.75" around
• Six month warranty for the mechanical workings
There's something just magic about this watch. It's not flashy. It doesn't stand out in a crowd. Yet, it's so classy, well-built, easy to wear, and—it might sound strange—but it just makes me feel GOOD when I wear it. Of all my crazy watches, this is the one that has brought me the most joy through the years.
The square case is filled with 10k yellow gold. I upgraded it with a Hirsch 16mm green leather band—bought from the my absolute favorite source of watchbands (Urhandel Bernhard Huke in Malmö, Sweden.)
It runs fantastically. The Swiss 17 jewel automatic-winding movement winds itself as you wear it—no battery or winding required. It's been mechanically serviced by our master watchmaker to operate as it did when new (circa 1947-1950.) It was completely disassembled (hundreds of tiny pieces), cleaned and inspected every piece, reassembled, calibrated, and polished—a value of over $200.
The cosmetic condition is good. There are light signs of wear on the case and winding crown commensurate with age and use, but it doesn't have any glaring defects, scratches, cracks, chips, or dings. The champagne dial with gold markers shows an obvious and fairly even patina—it looks old in a good way. The thick, curved front crystal appears to be original, and is in excellent condition.
The caseback reads: 10k GOLD FILLED
It is not rated as water resistant—therefore, keep it away from water.
It's not about telling time, or any of that stuff. It's about how it makes you feel. For creative individualists, a watch is a powerful tool that amplifies the expression of your individuality.
•• WARRANTY AND SERVICE ••
This watch has a six-month warranty on the inner mechanical movements. Contact me if anything goes awry and I'll help set it straight. (Note: the band and crystal are not covered, nor is damage from impact or water.) All shipping costs will be covered by the warranty. Repairing or servicing a watch like this generally costs $150-250, so the warranty is a great way to avoid those sort of service costs!
•• SHIPPING ••
To protect your investment, all items are sent insured with SIGNATURE REQUIRED. Keep this in mind when entering your shipping address. The full value will be declared on international orders, and the customer is responsible for any import duties or taxes levied.
Shipping from United States
1-5 business days
Estimated shipping times
- Australia : 1 - 3 weeks
- Canada : 1 - 2 weeks
- Italy : 2 - 5 weeks
- United Kingdom : 2 - 3 weeks
- United States : 2 - 5 business days
I'll do my best to meet these shipping estimates, but can't guarantee them. Actual delivery time will depend on the shipping method you choose.
Customs and import taxes
Buyers are responsible for any customs and import taxes that may apply. I'm not responsible for delays due to customs.
Returns & Exchanges
I gladly accept returns and exchanges
Just contact me within: 3 days of delivery
Ship items back to me within: 7 days of delivery
I don't accept cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
- Custom or personalized orders
- Perishable products (like food or flowers)
- Digital downloads
- Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
- Items on sale
Conditions of return
Buyers are responsible for return shipping costs. If the item is not returned in its original condition, the buyer is responsible for any loss in value.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Will my package require a signature?
Yes. A signature is required for all shipments. That way you can rest assured that your items will arrive safely. Make sure to use a shipping address where someone can sign for your package, otherwise you'll have to go to the post office to collect it.
What shipping method do you use?
Items with free shipping are sent by USPS First Class with insurance and signature required.
International orders ship via USPS Priority.
Upgraded shipping is USPS Priority Express mail with insurance and signature required.
Can I upgrade to faster shipping?
Yes! Upgraded shipping is via USPS Priority Express Mail with insurance and signature required. It usually takes 1-2 days within the continental USA.
Can I get a different colored watchband?
I have watchbands in many different styles, colors and materials. If you love the watch but want a different color band, send me a message. I'll see if I have the color you want in my inventory. If I don't, you can swap out the band for any strap you'd like by buying one online or taking it to your local jeweler or watch repair store.
Does my watch need a battery?
It depends on the watch.
1) Mechanical (hand-winding): These watches use a spring and gears to run. There is no battery. You must wind the watch once daily for it to keep running. Most of my watches are this kind.
2) Mechanical (automatic/kinetic): These use a spring and gears as well as a swinging pendulum that rotates as you move throughout the day. It winds itself. You don't need a battery and you don't need to wind it.
3) Quartz: These use batteries. Your watch will include a brand new battery. They can last anywhere from six months to a few years, depending on the watch.
I changed my mind! Can I cancel my order and get a full refund?
We don't accept cancellations for a refund. Instead, we offer you store credit which you can use on any of our other items. This store credit is good for one year.
Will the vintage watchband fit me?
Use a measuring tape to measure around your wrist.
All my detailed descriptions include the max wrist size of the bracelet. Bracelets are standardized. They're not an integral part of the watch itself. It's easy to change the band.
Gift wrapping and packaging
My gift wrapping is awesome. Choose the gift wrapping upgrade during checkout. Make sure to let me know the name of the person getting the gift so I can write it on the card.
The bracelet (aka band or strap) is usually NOT an integral part of the "watch" itself. It's normal (and somewhat expected) that you'll have a jeweler adjust the band to fit you, or replace the band with one that you can try on in person. Watchbands are standardized and available from any jeweler, watch shop, and online.