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Auburndale Watch Company, 1876-1883 Auburndale, Massachusetts. An attempt to produce a cheap watch with fewer parts was born out of a patent model by Jason R. Hopkins who held two patents on a watch that apparently he did not wish to produce. Eventually William B. Fowble(Boston born) bought a share of the patents partially held by William D. Colt along with Hopkins. The first attempt was a detent rotary, later modified into the rare and highly interesting Auburndale Rotary lever in 1877 offered for $10.00 to the trade. Other products, a KW and a SW model (named Lincoln and Bentley after Fowble's sons) were produced in small quantities along with the profitable Auburndale timer with single and split seconds offered at $15.00 and $25.00 respectively by this Auburndale, Ma. company. The watches did not create enough profit so the next product chosen was a line of metalic thermometers. Assignment if the equipment was made in 1883, although Fowble remained listed in directories as a thermometer manufacturer.

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posted May 11, 2003 06:31
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Is anyone interested in the Auburndale Watch Co.?

Well, there are four basic types: the Rotary, the Lincoln, the Bentley, and the Timers. Quickly, 1. the Rotary (the most well known and valued) consists of two specific types-lever and chronometer (a single example is known) escapement, the chronometer being a gilt damaskeened finish and the levers all being being nickel plated, all are approx 18s; 2. the Bentley is an 18s stem wind lever and is finished in gilt (reportedly an example is runored to be finished in nickel plate, but I have never seen one); 3. the Lincoln model is a key wind, gilt and standard 18s which fits 18s cases; and 4. lastly is the timer (most common)--these were made as single and split seconds (the rarer of the two), various dial types exist and some of the earlier Timers have unusual and atypical markings. The splits have an additional "side lever" button for activation; all Timers are key wind, usually with a "TAB" winder as part of the design.

The first three are very low production and ones with of I have been keeping a database for many years. If, in your travels, you happen to see any of these watches or movements, please note the serial numbers for me for my records. Thanks.

Jon

PS This company os also known for lovely framed thermometers.

Jon Hanson, nawcc#8801
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Any one with pictures of these?? Including the framed thermometers??

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thermometer photo handy?
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no time and cannot run my digital--why is this is so impt?????????????

they come in a black rect frame, gold outline and a round thermometer, red writing

I have a beauty in the library, ex FHM coll, 1955
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