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Otay Watch Company, 1889-1890 Otay (south of San Diego), California. Organized by three partners from a real estate firm, Guion, Hartley, and Hamilton along with R. D. Perry a landowner in the Otay area who put up the necessary dollars for the factory building, Frank Kimball was asked to fund the money for the machinery which was shipped from the American Watch Tool Co., Waltham, Ma. as the money had run out. He also got sucked into supplying the operating capital until he either ran out money or refused to spend any more until the company went bankrupt in November 1890. Approximately 1200 watches were produced by The Otay Watch Co. and made in gilt, nickel, or two toned damaskeened. All were 18s hunting case lever set models, 11 or 15 Jeweled and many carried sexy names such as "Overland Mail, Golden Gate, Native Son, California," etc. Highly prized in the West as a rare artifact produced just south of San Diego.

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Default Otay pocket watches wanted

leading collector of Otay pocket watches always wants to buy these watches or movements and any company brochures.

I will buy or serial numbers wanted for research.

Jon Hanson, 55 years in pocket watches
Jon "the truth" Hanson
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