Pocket Watch Database

Wadsworth Watch Case Co.

Newport, Kentucky; Dayton, Kentucky

Wadsworth Watch Case Co. Image

Location: Newport, Kentucky; Dayton, Kentucky

Years of Operation: 1892-1953

Predecessor: H.A. Wadsworth & Co.

The first cases at the Wadsworth factory were finished in June 1890 under the name "H.A. Wadsworth & Co." (gold-filled) [JC, 1890] The company was incorporated was the Wadsworth Watch Case Company in January 1892.

The Wadsworth Watch Case Company was started as H.A. Wadsworth & Co. in 1889. The first cases at the Wadsworth factory were finished in June 1890 under the name "H.A. Wadsworth & Co." [JC, 1890].

The factory specialized in manufacturing gold-filled cases, advertising "handsome designs," "perfect workmanship," and "superior quality" [JC, 1891]. It is unclear how these early cases were marked.

The company was incorporated was the Wadsworth Watch Case Company in January 1892.

Around 1902, the company expanded its product line to offer a 14K solid gold case.

Wadsworth became one of the leading case manufactures in the country, arranging deals with watch factories to provide cases for "factory-cased" watches as trends developed.

Case Grades

Note: This chart is not intended to be a comprehensive list of grades. Some grades changed traits over time and other grades may not be listed. This chart will be improved as additional information is studied.

Image Name Case Material Gold Content Gurantee Source Catalogs Trademarked
14K Gold 14K 1913FDW, 1915ACB
Pilot Gold-Filled 10K 15-Year 1897BB
Watch Case Marking for Wadsworth Watch Case Co. Pilot: Pilot Gold-Filled 10K 25-Year 1912HA
Watch Case Marking for Wadsworth Watch Case Co. Pilot: Pilot Gold-Filled 10K 20-Year 1902BB, 1904LB
Watch Case Marking for Wadsworth Watch Case Co. Rambler: Rambler Rolled Gold Plate 5-Years 1897BB
Watch Case Marking for Wadsworth Watch Case Co. Referee: Referee Gold-Filled 20-Year
Wadsworth 10K White GF Gold-Filled 14K 1928ON
Wadsworth 10K Yellow GF Gold-Filled 14K 1928ON
Wadsworth 10K/15YR Gold-Filled 10K 15-Year 1895OY, 1896OY, 1896MF
Watch Case Marking for Wadsworth Watch Case Co. Wadsworth 10K/20YR: Wadsworth 10K/20YR Gold-Filled 10K 20-Year 1899BHIA, 1901OY, 1906SRC, 1912HA, 1913FDW, 1915ACB
Watch Case Marking for Wadsworth Watch Case Co. Wadsworth 14K: Wadsworth 14K Gold 14K
Wadsworth 14K While Gold Gold 14K 1925CPS
Watch Case Marking for Wadsworth Watch Case Co. Wadsworth 14K White GF: Wadsworth 14K White GF Gold-Filled 14K 1928ON
Watch Case Marking for Wadsworth Watch Case Co. Wadsworth 14K/20YR: Wadsworth 14K/20YR Gold-Filled 14K 20-Year 1895OY, 1896OY, 1896MF, 1897BB, 1903N76
Watch Case Marking for Wadsworth Watch Case Co. Wadsworth 14K/25YR: Wadsworth 14K/25YR Gold-Filled 14K 25-Year 1899BHIA, 1901OY, 1902BB, 1903N76, 1904LB, 1906SRC, 1913FDW, 1915ACB, 1925ASJ
Watch Case Marking for Wadsworth Watch Case Co. Wadsworth Nickel: Wadsworth Nickel Nickel Alloy
Wadsworth Permanent Gold-Filled Permanent 1912HA, 1915ACB, 1916LCM
Wadsworth Rolled-Gold Plate Rolled Gold Plate 5-Years 1895OY, 1896OY

Company Case Trademarks & Hallmarks