Pocket Watch Database

South Bend Watch Co.

Location: South Bend, Indiana

Years of Operation: 1902-1929

Organized from the Columbus Watch Co., 1902

Production Jewels: 7-21 Jewels

Production Sizes: 18s, 16s, 12s, 6s, 0s

Total Production: 850,000+

Factory Building Status: Destroyed by fire July 8, 1957.

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Company Timeline

March 1902

The Studebaker family, brothers George and Clement, and uncle John, purchases the Columbus Watch Co.. Soon after the company is moved to South Bend, Indiana.

May 8, 1902

The South Bend Watch Co. is organized in South Bend, Indiana with a capital stock of $1,000,000.

March 23, 1903

The South Bend Watch Co. factory begins operations, aiming to manufacture 1,200 watches per day.


The South Bend Watch Co. ends operations after manufacturing roughly 850,000 watches.