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Lancaster, Pennsylvania. First of this popular run of Lancaster watches. About 19 size, high grade 20 jeweled stem wind hunting style movements made in gilt, nickel, and mixed metal. Signed" Lancaster Watch."
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Appleton, Wisconsin. Machinery, purchased from the defunct Cheshire Watch Co., was used to make a similar watch. Sold complete watches in approximately 18s and 16s (very rare).
by Jon
10-19-2008 03:32 PM Go to last post
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Aurora, Illinois. Movements were made in 18 and 6 size only; 7 -17 jewels. First watch was 18s . Made in key wind and stem wind, gilt or nickel, hunting or open face and slightly resemble Illinois watches. Many have private labels and/or jeweler names. Company machinery was sold to the Hamilton Watch Co. in 1890.
by Jon
08-31-2007 02:32 PM Go to last post
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San Francisco, Ca. Succesors to the Cornell Watch Company of San Francisco. Movements made in 18s only; key wind or stem wind; made in 7-19 jewels, gilt or nickel. Machinery moved to Grand Crossing, Ill. Highly popular watch for early American specialists.
by Jon
04-30-2008 05:17 PM Go to last post
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Waltham, Massachusetts. Made cheap (mostly) ladies movements; became the Suffolk Watch Company and later became part of the United States Watch Company of Waltham.
by Jon
08-31-2007 03:28 PM Go to last post
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Columbus, Ohio. In 1874, D. Gruen started the Columbus Watch Company and imported Swiss Ebauches and Dials. In 1879, D. Gruen encouraged Mr. Savage to join him in his import business and renamed the Company to Gruen and Savage still maintaining the Columbus Watch Company on their Movements and Dials. The Columbus Watch Company was incorporated in 1884 from the Gruen and Savage import business to start making American Made movements. First watches were 18s gilt key winds. Made 6, 16 and 18s watches in key wind, stem wind and transitional; gilt, nickel, and damaskeened in 7-25 jewels. New Columbus Watch Company, 1894-1903, name was changed. Sold to the South Bend Watch Company 1903.
by crsides
04-11-2009 05:48 PM Go to last post
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Cheshire, Connecticut. These watches were stamped and machined in order to make a jeweled watch at a low cost. First movements were open face, gilt and 3/4 plate with an attached stem. Later standard 18s movements were made in both hunting and open face. Equipment was bought by O. E. Bell in 1901 and shipped to Appleton, Wisconsin to form the Remington Watch Co.
11-20-2007 07:39 AM Go to last post
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Chicago, Illinois. Bought out the Newark Watch Company and finished up later Newark movements. Made gilt 18s movements in key and stem wind with 7-19 jewels with various grade names. Two ladies sizes examples noted in Crossman--none reported or seen.
by Jon
08-26-2007 02:09 PM Go to last post
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Successors to the Cornell Watch Company of Chicago. Made key wind and stem wind watches in 18s only, some of which are very high grade.
by Jon
08-30-2007 04:22 PM Go to last post
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Lancaster, Pa. This company was formed by William Wallace Dudley to create a watch with masonic symbols with material bought from Waltham, Hamilton and Switzerland. Unsuccessful on several fronts and ultimately moved to New York by the X-L Watch Company. Reportedly 3500 in all produced some well after 1960.
11-20-2007 02:39 AM Go to last post
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Fredonia, New York . This company evolved from the Howard Brothers mail order business, the Independent Watch Co. Fredonia movements were made for a few years from U.S.Marion and Newark machinery. Poor sales and techinal difficulties caused this company to be sold to Peoria.
01-02-2008 07:45 PM Go to last post
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In 1885, D. Gruen left the Columbus Watch Company taking with him his Patents. Moved to Cincinnati, Ohio, and as various names including Gruen Watch Company, 1922-1955.
11-09-2007 06:10 PM Go to last post
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Fredonia, New York. Acquired American made movements and sold them as Independent, Lake Shore and Empire Watch Company products. 18s only; exist in keywind, stem wind or a combination; generally 7-15 jewels.
by Jon
07-01-2006 05:58 PM Go to last post
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Known as the E . Howard Watch Company and commonly referred to as Keystone Howards of an uptodate style were now made in the old United States Watch Co., Waltham factory building prchased as well as just the watchmaking portion of the "old" Howard company.
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New York, New York. Made cheap, jeweled watches with sweep second hands, chronongraphs without flybacks with unusual setting and stop buttons which pull out. New York Chronograph Watch Company followed the Manhattans with a name change.
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Manistee, Michigan. This company made cheap and poor quality watches in 16 & 18 size. Most 18s movements have the Manistee Watch Company name cut out on the back plate. Some 16s are well jeweled.
by Jon
08-26-2007 08:27 AM Go to last post
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Newark, New Jersey. First watch was the Arthur Wadsworth Keyless patented stem wind. All are 18s and mostly key wind with various grade names; an abundance of private labels exist. Tough to locate all original. Company sold to the Cornell Watch Company of Chicago, Ill.
by Jon
08-26-2007 07:37 PM Go to last post
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Reorganized from the Waterbury Watch Company. The approximate 18s Duplex "open case" is the most recognizable and collectible product!
by Rob31
11-21-2007 09:08 PM Go to last post
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Springfield, Massachusetts. First model was 18s gilt 3/4 plate stem wind. Made movements in 16s and 18s, of 3/4 plate and full plate styles . All long cocked key winds are gilt. Interesting grade names. All originally cased 3/4 plate watches in either sizes are scarce. Interesting product line and variations.
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Made by Peoria, Ill. and an extension of the Fredonia and Peoria line of watches. 18s watches, hunting and open face, gilt or nickel with Paillard's patented non magnetic balances and hairsprings.
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Peoria, Illinois. Made movements similar to the Fredonia Watch Company.
by sangamo
11-17-2007 08:44 PM Go to last post
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Thomaston, Connecticut. First watches were placed on the market in 1885--model one, gilt, open face and stem wind. Watches made in 6, 12, 16 and 18s. Some 18s were made in gilt & key wind. Jeweling exists from 7 to 25 jewels, the most famous being the Maiden Lane grades made from 17-25 jewels.
by rrwatch
04-23-2008 09:31 AM Go to last post
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South Bend, Indiana. A few entrepreneurs purchased the Columbus Watch Company, all of its machinery and stock. Moved it to South Bend, Indiana, to produce Railroad grade watches and to continue its production. Left some employees at Columbus to finish prior orders.
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Boston, Massachuestts. Dennison fabricated with Swiss and English parts--called "America's Half Breed Watch." 18s key wind watches first made in full plate, then 3/4 plate (rare). All 18s, gilt, 7-15 jewles. Serial number 1 exists, but all others seen above serial number 1000. After 2 years renamed the Melrose Watch Co., Boston, Mass. All Melroses number above 30,000.
by Jon
12-16-2012 01:49 PM Go to last post
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Trenton, New Jersey. Relocated from Connecticut and renamed from the New Haven Watch Company. Interesting 18s watches including a rare key wind and chronograph (also made in 16s). Purchased by the Ingersol Brothers in 1908.
by Rob31
12-01-2007 02:18 PM Go to last post
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Historical research of the United States Watch Company, Marion Watch Company, Royal Gold Watch Company and the Empire City Watch Company. Made the first stem wind watch, damaskeened and frosted finishes, fancy dials with color, company monograms, and special order dials; and, company case signatures.
by Jon
12-12-2014 02:11 PM Go to last post
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Company started in Waltham by Charles Vander Woerd (of American Watch Company fame). First "dome" model 16s open face had a square roller and a special setting arrangement; also made interesting acid etched movements in 6, 16 and 18s. Best known for "The President" grade 18s movement.
by Jon
08-31-2007 01:59 PM Go to last post
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