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Born out of the Adams and Perry and Lancaster line of watches made in Lancaster, Pa., Hamilton achieved notority in the watch world as building one of the best performing watches. Made many watches in various grades and sizes, from 7-23, plus one in 25 jewels (unique); in hunting and open face. designs. Especially famous for massive advertising campaigns and the well known and highly successful 992-B.
11-06-2008 02:02 PM Go to last post
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Research on the Hampden Watch Company, Springfield, Massachusettws and Canton, Ohio. Solid company with many varied products. Sold to Russia in 1930.
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12-15-2012 07:02 PM Go to last post
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Springfield, Illinois. Historical research on the Illinois Watch Company and its related name changes. First watch was a gilt 18s key wind, signed Stuart. Many grades, sizes and jeweling variations; many private labels and jeweler names in this the third largest American watch producer. Sold in 1927 to the Hamilton Watch Company.
10-28-2008 08:59 PM Go to last post
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Elgin, Illinois. Idea originated from other watch factory employees, mainly Waltham; formed in 1864 along with the former Mayor of Chicago (B. W. Raymond) and the first watch produced was an 18s gilt KW signed B.W. Raymond. Watch numbers started at 101. The Elgin Watch Company, Elgin, Illinois was the largest watch producer in America.
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Jersey City, New Jersey. Basically a maker of cheap watches in various sizes; however, most revered is the Clay-Hanson excapement, i.e., the worm gear which proved to be an attractive gimmick for this company which was sold to the Keystone Watch Case Company in 1903.
by Jon
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Rockford, Illinois. Name changed to Rockford Watch Company, Ltd. in 1896. Made key wind and stem wind watches, from 7-25 jewels. Strong railroad following. Long lasting company for 41 years.
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