Condition Report For Lot# 108 :
CASE: Shallow dents; Minor scratches on outer surface of case; Hinges repaired; "BRT" on case back worn; Scratches on crystal; Crown replaced. DIAL: A few tiny flakes at edge concealed by bezel; Small flakes in enamel at center of seconds bit; Scratches minor to dial; Dial feet removed, now attached with adhesive. HANDS: Minute hand with bends. MOVEMENT PLATES: Marks and scratches on plate; Case screw replaced; Barrel bridge screws with oxidation and loss to blue; Barrel bridge with dimple at arbor. MOVEMENT FUNCTION: Gummy, good staff, tries to run. RARITY: This is a two star watch in Gilbert, Engle and Shugart's `Complete Price Guide to Watches`, uncommon, less than 1000 made. The dial is also quite rare, and only a few of this type made for the Ball/ Hampden watches are known. The dial feet line up with their holes in the bottom plate, and so is appropriate, and may well be original to this movement. Dr. Clint Geller's excellent article on Howard dials in the August 1993 NAWCC Bulletin discusses Howard dials, Moorhouse and his work, and also includes one of these Ball/ Hampden dials