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Location: Springfield, Massachusetts
Years of Operation: 1866-1875
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.
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.
The New York Watch Co. purchases two large buildings in Springfield, Massachusetts and relocates. The capital of the company is increased to $300,000.
Fire destroys the The York Watch Co. factory. Fortunately, most of the equipment is saved from destruction.
After being restored and remodeled, The New York Watch Co. factory resumes operations.
The the year of "The Great Panic," sales begin to decline rapidly. The New York Watch Co. is forced to reduce the number of empoyees.
After struggling for a few years, The New York Watch Co. ceases operations. The stockholders reorganize as The New York Watch Manufacturing Co.