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Waltham Yellow Gold Filled Art Nouveau Pocket Watch – 1893

Creator: Waltham Watch Company
Style: Art Nouveau
Place of Origin: United States
Period: 1890-1899
Date of Manufacture: 1893
Condition: Good

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The Waltham Watch Company was founded in 1850 in Roxbury, Massachusetts, and was the first American company to mass-produce watches using interchangeable parts. Their watches were known for their quality and affordability, and they quickly became popular with consumers. Waltham played a major role in the development of the American watch industry and established the concept of “mass production.”

The company's affordable watches made them accessible to a wider range of people and helped to change the way people thought about time. Waltham's success helped to make the United States a major player in the global watch market as well as promote industrialization. Previously, watches were generally produced by hand, in "cottage" industries, and were owned by the wealthier class or the working class that needed to know the time.

The Waltham Watch Company continued to grow and prosper throughout the 19th century, supplying watches to the military during the American Civil War and exhibiting at the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago. The company's exhibit at the exposition was a huge success and helped raise the profile of Waltham watches worldwide.

In the early 20th century, they almost went bankrupt because different departments were competing against each other for contracts. Several restructurings occurred, but the company ultimately closed its doors in 1957. However, the legacy of the Waltham Watch Company lives on. They were instrumental in the development of American manufacturing, and their watches are still sought after by collectors and enthusiasts.

Interestingly, the Swiss were impressed by Waltham's methods and even purchased some of their higher grade movements at the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition. This purchase led to the realization that their methods were outdated, prompting the Swiss to purchase some of the equipment that Waltham was using to improve their watches. This eventually led to the creation of The International Watch Company.

In conclusion, the Waltham Watch Company was an essential part of American manufacturing and helped to establish the concept of mass production. They faced financial challenges in the early 20th century but still managed to leave a lasting impact on the watch industry. Their influence can still be seen today in the watches being produced and the continued interest in their vintage timepieces.

Creator: Waltham Watch Company
Style: Art Nouveau
Place of Origin: United States
Period: 1890-1899
Date of Manufacture: 1893
Condition: Good

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