Newest Addition to the Digital Archive: 1913 Hampden Watch Company Price List Catalog

At the beginning of 2019, I set an aggressive goal to digitize and upload 50 publications related to the American watchmaking industry by the end of the year. This newest addition, a 1913 Hampden Price List Catalog, represents the 50th resource on the site. These original material catalogs, price lists, and marketing distributions are now…

Newest Addition to the Digital Archive: The Howard Watch Catalogue No. 3 (1914)

Shortly after the turn of the century, the Keystone Watch Case Company purchased the rights to the E. Howard name in an attempt to drive a strategic push into the factory-cased watch market. This move resulted in some of the best precision watches of the era, including several premium-grade railroad watches. This newly-digitized 1914 catalog,…

Newest Addition to the Digital Archive: Illinois Watches and Their Makers (1921)

In 1921, the Illinois Watch Company published a promotional booklet titled “Illinois Watches and Their Makers.” The majority of the content included in this publication consists of excerpts from the company’s monthly newspaper, “Doings.” Articles include details regarding how watches are adjusted at the factory, information about how accurate time is derived from the stars…

Newest Addition to the Digital Archive: Rockford Watch Company Railroad Time Keepers Catalog, 1882

The Rockford Watch Company introduced its first watches to the market in 1876 in the midst of a country-wide economic depression. Despite the difficult challenge, strategic marketing efforts helped the Rockford Watch Company to thrive. In 1882, the company distributed a small brochure detailing the product line for prospective customers, including the newly introduced 18-Size…

1875 Springfield (Illinois) Watch Company Material Catalog Price List

I recently digitized the Price List of Material: [Illinois] Springfield Watch Company pamphlet, originally published August 1, 1875. This material catalog covers early grades Stuart, Bunn, Miller, Currier, Hoyt, Mason, and Bates. In addition, an insert was included introducing the “Bates” grade to the trade, dated August 16, 1875. The new grade is described as: “Bates.” –…

Reconstructing the Seth Thomas Serial Number Database

The already well-established Seth Thomas Clock Company manufactured pocket watches from 1884 to 1915. The movements varied in quality, from low-end 7-Jewel watches to the prestigious 25-Jewel Maiden Lane. Existing Seth Thomas factory records from this era of pocket watch manufacturing are sparse. Fortunately, a few catalogs and advertisements have survived, providing a path to…