Pocket Watch Database
Location: Providence, Rhode Island and Ann Arbor, Michigan
Years of Operation: 1864-1870
Production Jewels: 10-12 Jewels
Production Sizes: 18s
Total Production: ~165
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The Mozart Watch Co. is organized in Providence, Rhode Island with a capital stock of $100,000. The company is proposed to manufacture a unique 18s movement known as the "Three-Wheeled Mozart," invented by superintendent, Don J. Mozart.
Don. J. Mozart is successful in obtaining a capital stock of $200,000 to begin the new company.
The "Three-Wheeled Mozart" proves to be unsucccessful, and the stockholders of The Mozart Watch Co. decide the company must start producing a regular 18s 3/4-plate movement in order to survive. Mozart is ousted from the company, and L.W. Cushing replaces him as superintendent. The company is then renamed the New York Watch Co. Don J. Mozart moves to Ann Arbor, Michigan to start a company to continue production of his "Three-Wheeled Mozart" watch.
After only manufacturing roughly 30 movements, The Mozart Watch Co. ceases operations and the company equipment is sold to Rock Island Watch Co. for $40,000 and $25,000 in stock. The existing movements are finished and given to the stockholders and friends of the Mozart Watch Co.
After the Rock Island Watch Co. moves the purchased equipment to Milan, Illinois, they decide it is not what they need and refuse to pay the $15,000 note to The Mozart Watch Co. After arbitration, the equipment originally sold to the Rock Island Watch Co. is repossesed along with a payment of $5,000.
The Freeport Watch Manufacturing Co. purchases the factory equipment from the Mozart Watch Co. for $1,000 cash and $50,000 stock.