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Keystone Pocket Watches

1886-1890   The Keystone Standard Watch Company started in 1886 when they bought out the Lancaster Watch Company and its factory. When Keystone purchased Lancaster and its remaining products, they inherited 8,900 unsold finished products.Keystone Standard watches featured their patented "Dust Proof" design, which used a small...

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Independent Watch Company

1875-1881   Brothers E. W. Howard and C. M. Howard of Fredonia, New York formed the Independent Watch Company. The brothers originally started out selling patent medicines and started a side business to sell pocket watches and jewelry by mail order.Initially the brothers sold Swiss pocket watches...

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Hamilton Pocket Watches

1891 – 1969 – present     The Hamilton name is a name for all interested in the history of the pocket watches to remember, though it took a few years before its production began. It started as the Adams and Perry Watch manufacturing company which only lasted...

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Ball

1879 – 1969   On April 19, 1892, a fatal collision in Kipton, Ohio between a freight train and a passenger train, was attributed to a faulty engineer's pocket watch which stopped for 4 minutes. This accident became the impetus for the adoption of new quality standards...

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Auburndale

1876 -1883   Jason R. Hopkins, designed a rotary watch movement that, in theory, would fill the need to adjust for positions, leading a less costly escapement. Hopkins received two U. S. Patents covering his design in 1875. Half of the rights belonged to William D. Colt...

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American Waltham

1851-1957 In 1850, the history of the watch began an essential transformation; the idea of impeccable quality, lower prices and above all, interchangeable parts was born. In 1850 the founders of the American Waltham Watch Company, Aaron Dennison, the father of the American Watch Company, Mr....

Seth Thomas Watches

  1870 - 1876 After many years of successful clock production, the Seth Thomas Clock Company decided to venture into pocket watch production. With already being an established clock company, it was easily feasible for the company to produce the machinery needed by using the pre-existing factories...

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Pitkin Pocket Watches

1838 -1852 When their jewelry business in Hartford, Connecticut closed in 1837, brother's James and Henry Pitkin started a turning point in the history of watch making. Their goal, as thought out by Henry, was to start manufacturing pocket watches by machine. The brothers built their own...

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Philidelphia Watch Company

1868-1886   The Philadelphia Watch company was established in 1868. Eugene Paulus was the founder of the company. The company is responsible for creating a minute amount of private label watches that are now very rare and considered incredibly valuable to pocket watch collectors. Though responsible for the...

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Waterbury Pocket Watches

1880-1898 D.A. A. Buck of Waterbury, Connecticut set out with the intent of producing a more affordable pocket watch for The Waterbury Watch Company to sell to the public. The watch was only made of 58 parts all together, so it was simple and affordable, unlike...