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San Jose Watch Company, 1891 Alviso, California. With the advent of the Otay Watch Co. failure and the Sherrif's closure of that factory on November 13, 1890, George Penniman, who handled Otay watches in San Francisco, got an option on the Otay machinery and interested local parties and Kimball and Wheeler (both from Otay) to form this new company. A building was erected in Alviso, Ca., south of San Francisco. Penniman, ill for a short time, returned to the new plant where the machinery had been delivered by boat from San Diego only to find out that Frank Kimball had foreclosed on the plant. Major Chamberlain states, "there is nothing to indicate that any watches were made at Alviso." And, "none of the movements bear the name of the new company." WRONG! Jon Hanson discovered the very first example in the early 1970s and the late, great A. E. Mathews, American watch authority and collector, later discovered another, superior example (an originally cased one) which now resides in the World's Greatest Collection.

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Unread 10-07-2007, 11:43 AM
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Default factory photo OF THE SJWC, ALVISO, CALIF.

reportedly taken, 1915
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And this would be Alviso, California. Last time I was in that neighborhood, the locals told me some of old Alviso is now wetlands. The south bay was a nice area before all of the small towns there turned into basically one large metropolitan area (a la L.A. area).
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so stated in title
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Thanks Jon.

I think it is more like Milpitas than SJ these days.
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