Dating a dueber watch
Tom Mc Intyre talks about antique pocket watches, discussing key manufacturers, the mechanics behind the watches, the varying types, and the collecting hobby in general.
Based in Massachusetts, Tom can be reached via his website, American Watch Company Web, which is a member of our Hall of Fame.
I got interested in clocks in 1967, and I started collecting watches fairly seriously in the early ‘80s. Pocket watches are a little bit more manageable, and in some ways more interesting, too.
I collect precision clocks, clocks that are very accurate timekeepers, and marine chronometers; things like that.
Not many horologist do offer one year guarantee which is very important in my opinion, especially when you are buying an antique pocket watch relying on a mechanism built over 100 years ago which needs to be serviced, maintained and in full working order to be considered as a good investment.The United States has a long tradition of watch and clock manufacturing going back to colonial times but the industry didn’t really flourish until after the Civil War. led the market for the production of high quality timepieces. Today there are very few of those original companies left who still maintain the tradition of American Horological Manufacturing but there is a strong desire for American made products and there are several brands moving into the market and succeeding once again at producing high quality watches and clocks in the United States.Through the Industrial Revolution the American watch industry developed a system of assembly line manufacturing and interchangeable parts which allowed the United States to reign supreme in high quality watches that were affordable. At times even the Swiss were making counterfeit watches bearing the names of U. Since 1897 Chelsea Clock has been manufacturing clocks in the United States specializing in marine timepieces and Ship’s bell clocks.If you collect Hampden watches, you'll appreciate knowing more about the company history. The Hampden Pocket Watch Company began its existence as the Mozart Watch Company in 1864. Mozart, the company was originally located in Providence, Rhode Island.After several failures, Samuel Rice joined Mozart and the name was changed to the New York Watch Company.