was formed in 1870 by Paul Cornell, a real-estate dealer in suburban Chicago, along with J. Around 1902 railroad grade watches began being marked "Adjusted to 5 Positions." During the late 1880's the factory was producing about 150 watches per day, employing 350 people.
I specialize in a few different specific types of pocket watches, but my principal interest is in the Waltham Watch Company, and even more specifically in the American Watch Co. When the American watch industry first began, the first successful company was called the American Watch Co., and it was founded out of the Boston Watch Company, which had failed in 1859. was formed, and it’s generally considered to be the first successful company.
It had many name changes over the years and a couple of small reorganizations and eventually became the Waltham Watch Company in the early 1900s.
Remove or open the back cover from your watch and look for a number engraved into the movement; this is the serial number for your watch, and by using it, you can find the closest years it was made on these tables.
Please note there is a difference between the number marked on the movement and the one marked on the case.
Tom Mc Intyre talks about antique pocket watches, discussing key manufacturers, the mechanics behind the watches, the varying types, and the collecting hobby in general.
Based in Massachusetts, Tom can be reached via his website, American Watch Company Web, which is a member of our Hall of Fame.
This groundbreaking timekeeping device would soon become a rage all over Europe, and in no time at all, everyone in the world wanted to buy a pocket watch.
Interestingly, the first pocket watches were never carried around in the pockets of the wearer.
The very best, most expensive Waltham watches for all of that roughly 50-year period, from 1859 until maybe 1915 or so, were always labeled American Watch Co. The town of Waltham had become well known, and the name appeared on all of their watches as the location anyway.
They got into a trademark dispute with another company that started building watches in Waltham, so they wanted to protect that name, and I think that is the main reason. couldn’t really be protected as a brand name because America was the country.
(Newark, NJ) and had it shipped to Chicago, to be installed in a newly built factory in 1871. The company had 40 employees and was soon turning out 10 watches per day, all 18-size, in five different grades.