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Location: Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Years of Operation: 1879-1886
Production Jewels: 7-20 Jewels
Production Sizes: 18s, 8s
Total Production: ~200,000
Reorganized as the Keystone Standard Co., 1886
The Adams & Perry Watch Manufacturing Co. is incorporated in Lancaster, Pennsylvania with the capital stock of $78,000. Construction on a factory for the company commences.
The Adams & Perry Watch Co. is pressed for funds and bonds in the amount of $25,000 are issued.
J.C. Adams resigns from the Adams & Perry Watch Co. after a dispute with E.H. Perry involving the manufacturing of escapements. Adams thought it best to import the escapements whereas Perry was convinced the entire movement should be manufactured at the factory.
Construction of the Adams & Perry Watch Manufacturing Co. factory is completed.
First movement is produced, slightly larger than 18s, after 22-months of building the machinery.
The company ceases operations after they are unable to recover from the manufacturing delays. An effort to increase the capital stock is a failure.
The Adams & Perry Watch Co. is reorganized with new directors.
After being forced to pay creditors, the company is assigned to C.A. Bitner, who sells the company to Dr. Carpenter for $47,000.
The Lancaster Watch Company was formed with an advanced capital of $21,000.
Manufacturing at the Lancaster Watch Co. commenced and a 3/4-plate, fully-jewelled, movement was designed and produced.
The Lancaster Watch Co. increase the capital stock to $35,000.
The Lancaster Watch Co. reorganizes as the Lancaster, Pa. Watch Co, Limited, with a capital of $160,000.
After running short on funds, a new company is organized as the Lancaster Watch Co. This new company rents the property owned by The Lancaster, Pa. Watch Co., Limited.
After several years of success, the Lancaster Watch Co. and the Lancaster Pa. Watch Co., Limited consolidate with a capital stock of $248,000.
The Lancaster Watch Co. factory ceases operations momentarily while securing funding of $25,000 to continue work.
The Lancaster Watch Co. is purchased by the Keystone Standard Watch Co. for $500,000.
The company assets are acquired by the Hamilton Watch Co.