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Waltham Yellow Gold Filled Art Nouveau Pocket Watch – 1906

Creator: Waltham Watch Company
Style: Art Nouveau
Place of Origin: United States
Period: 1900-1909
Date of Manufacture: 1906
Condition: Excellent

Original price was: £645.00.Current price is: £545.00.

The Waltham Watch Company is a true representation of American exceptionalism and ingenuity. Founded in 1850, it was the first American company to mass-produce watches using interchangeable parts, which made watches more affordable and accessible to all. Prior to the Waltham Watch Company, watches were produced by hand and only accessible to the wealthy or working class in need. Waltham's success helped to establish the concept of mass-produced products and promoted the idea of industrialization in America.

During the American Civil War, Waltham supplied watches to the military, which bolstered their production and reputation. Their watches were known for their quality and affordability, which helped to make the United States a major player in the global watch market.

Waltham's exhibit at the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago was a significant success. Visitors from Switzerland were impressed by Waltham's methods and purchased some of their higher grade movements. This experience prompted Swiss companies to buy equipment from Waltham to improve the quality and accuracy of their own watches.

However, the Waltham Watch Company faced financial difficulties throughout its history. During the 1920s, different departments competed against each other, causing the company to almost go bankrupt. Several restructurings occurred, but in 1957 the company was forced to close its doors.

Despite these challenges, Waltham's legacy lives on. The company's watches remain highly sought after by collectors and enthusiasts, and their history is an important part of the American manufacturing story. Wearing a vintage Waltham pocket watch today is not only a timeless accessory for all occasions, but also a symbol of American ingenuity and innovation.

Creator: Waltham Watch Company
Style: Art Nouveau
Place of Origin: United States
Period: 1900-1909
Date of Manufacture: 1906
Condition: Excellent