Early Rockford Watch Company Transitional Designs: Stem-Wind & Lever-Set

When the Rockford Watch Company commenced manufacturing in 1876, the prominent American watch companies such as Waltham and Elgin had already introduced innovative stem-wind movements. By the next year, Rockford had adapted their standard 18-Size key-wind movement and was advertising transitional movements in each grade in addition to their essential line of key-wind movements. Early…

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…