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American Waltham Watch Company

American Waltham Watch Company Factory
American Waltham Watch Company, Waltham, MA

The American Waltham Watch Company was form in 1850 and began producing watch under the name "American Horology Company". The company was founded by David P. Davis, Aaron Dennison, and Edward Howard (who later formed the Howard Watch Company) with financial backing from Samuel Curtis. The founders goal was to produce lower costing high-quality watches using interchangeable parts. Althought the firest watches were produced in 1850, like most new ventures, the watchmakers ran into problems producing watches. They were exploring new ways of manufacturing watch using jewels, producing high-level finishes, and making their own dials, requiring extensive tooling at a great expense to the company. It took several months to tweek the manufacturing process before producing watch better than the competition.

The factory building was completed in 1851 and started producing watch. It is believed the first 40 watches produced went to company officials and it was not until early 1853 the first watches were offered to the the public.

Waltham Eagle In September 1853, the name was changed to the "Boston Watch Company". In October 1854, the factory in Waltham, MA was completed and starting producing movements. In 1857, the Boston Watch Company failed and was sold at aution to Royal E. Robbins for the Appleton, Tracy & Company. The company's name was then changed to the "American Waltham Pocket Watch Company of Waltham, Mass. The new owners increased the stock capital from $200,00 to $1.5 million

The American Waltham Watch Company went on to become one of the most successful watch manufactures in the United States. According Abraham Lincoln's biography by Carl Sandburg, Lincoln owned and carried a Waltham "Wm. Ellery" 11-jewel, 18 size key-wind watch produced in January 1863. The company went on to produce watches until 1957 when the company became the "Waltham Precision Instrument Company". The company's name rights were sold to the Hallmark Watch Company of Chicago, IL which continues to sell watches using the Waltham name.

Images of some of the founders:
  • Arron Dennison Aaron Dennison
  • Edward Howard Edward Howard

American Waltham Watch Company Serial Numbers

Year S/N Year S/N Year S/N Year S/N Year S/N
185250 1874730,000 18967,450,000 191821,800,000 194030,250,000
1853400 1875810,000 18978,100,000 191922,500,000 194130,750,000
18541,000 1876910,000 18988,400,000 192023,400,000 194231,050,000
18552,500 18771,000,000 18999,000,000 192123,900,000 194331,700,000
18564,000 18781,150,000 19009,500,000 192224,100,000 194432,100,000
18576,000 18791,350,000 190110,200,000 192324,300,000 194532,100,000
185810,000 18801,500,000 190211,100,000 192424,550,000 194632,350,000
185915,000 18811,670,000 190312,100,000 192524,800,000 194732,750,000
186020,000 18821,835,000 190413,500,000 192625,200,000 194833,100,000
186130,000 18832,000,000 190514,300,000 192726,100,000 194933,500,000
186245,000 18842,350,000 190614,700,000 192826,400,000 195033,560,000
186365,000 18852,650,000 190715,500,000 192926,900,000 195133,600,000
1864110,000 18863,000,000 190816,400,000 193027,100,000 195233,700,000
1865180,000 18873,400,000 190917,600,000 193127,300,000 195333,800,000
1866260,000 18883,800,000 191017,900,000 193227,550,000 195434,100,000
1867330,000 18894,200,000 191118,100,000 193327,750,000 195534,450,000
1868410,000 18904,700,000 191218,200,000 193428,100,000 195634,700,000
1869460,000 18915,200,000 191318,900,000 193528,600,000 195735,000,000
1870500,000 18925,800,000 191419,500,000 193629,100,000  
1871540,000 18936,300,000 191520,000,000 193729,400,000  
1872590,000 18946,700,000 191620,500,000 193829,750,000  
1873680,000 18957,100,000 191720,900,000 193930,050,00  

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