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Watch Manufacturing Companies
Operating in the United States

19th & 20th Century

The list of companies that manufactured watches in the United States in the 1800s is far longer than most people realize. Watch manufacturing was truly one of the "high-tech" industries of its day, and there were many "start-up" watch companies, only some of which achieved commercial success.

The companies listed below were known to have operated and produced watches in the United States in the 1800s and 1900s. A few of these companies survived well into the 20th century and underwent multiple name changes and reorganizations. Dates may overlap when tracing the family-tree of a particular company. In most cases, companies listed herein actually manufactured watches in the USA and were not just importers of European movements, but there may be exceptions. Dates are approximate as company records are inconsistent in many cases.

Company Years of Operation
Adams & Perry Watch Mfg. Co. 1874 - 1877
J. H. Allison 1853 - 1890
American Horologe Co. 1851 - 1851
American Repeating Watch Co. 1885 - 1892
American Waltham Watch Co. 1885 - 1921
American Watch Co. 1859 - 1885
American Repeating Watch Co. 1885 - 1892
Ansonia Clock Co. 1896 - 1929
Appleton, Tracy & Co. 1857 - 1859
Appleton Watch Co. 1901 - 1903
Auburndale Watch Co. 1876 - 1883
Aurora Watch Co. 1883 - 1892
Ball Watch Co. 1879 - 1969
Bannatyne Watch Co. 1905 - 1911
Benedict & Burnham Co. 1855 - 1870
Benedict & Burnham Mfg. Co. 1870 - 1880
Boston Watch Co. 1853 - 1857
E. F. Bowman 1879 - 1882
Brown, Robert & Sons 1883 - 1856
J. R. Brown & Sharpe 1856 - ?
California Watch Co. 1876 - 1877
Cheshire Watch Co. 1883 - 1890
Chicago Watch Co. 1895 - 1903
Columbia Watch Co. 1896 - 1899
Columbus Watch Co. 1874 - 1903
Cornell Watch Co. 1870 - 1876
Corona Watch Co. ca. 1900
Crescent Watch Co. ?
Company Years of Operation
Jacob D. Custer 1840 - 1845
Dudley Watch Co. 1920 - 1925
Dueber - Hampden Watch Co. 1888 - 1930
Edgemere Watch Co. ?
Elgin National Watch Co. 1864 - 1964
Excelsior Watch Co. ?
Charles Fasoldt 1849 - 1878
Fitchburg Watch Co. 1875 - 1878
E.H. Flint 1877 - 1879
Fredonia Watch Co. 1881 - 1885
Freeport Watch Mfg. Co. 1874 - 1875
Smith D. French 1866 - 1878
Luther Goddard 1809 - 1825
L. Goddard & Co. 1817 - 1825
P & D Goddard 1825 - 1842
D Goddard & Son 1842 - 1850
Luther D. Goddard 1850 - 1857
Goddard & Co. 1857 - 1860
D. Goddard & Co. 1860 - 1872
Jonas G. Hall 1850 - 1890
Hamilton Watch Co. 1892 - 1964
Hampden Watch Co. 1877 - 1930
Herman von der Heydt 1883 - 1895
Howard Davis & Dennison 1850 - 1851
E. Howard & Co. 1857 - 1861
Howard Clock & Watch Co. 1861 - 1863
E. Howard Watch Co. (Keystone) 1902 - 1930
Howard Watch & Clock Co. 1863 - 1881
E. Howard Watch & Clock Co. 1881 - 1903

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Company Years of Operation
Ingersoll Watch Co. 1892 - 1922
Illinois Springfield Watch Co. 1869 - 1879
Illinois Watch Co. 1885 - 1927
Independent Watch Co. 1875 - 1881
Robt H. Ingersoll & Bros. 1892 - 1922
E. Ingraham Co. 1912 - 1968
Keyless Watch Co. ?
Keystone Standard Watch Co. 1886 - 1891
Keystone Watch Case Co. 1885 - 1927
Knickerbocker Watch Co. 1890 - 1930
Lancaster Watch Co. 1879 - 1886
Lancaster Penn Watch Co. Ltd. 1877 - 1879
Manhattan Watch Co. 1883 - 1891
Manistee Watch Co. 1908 - 1912
Marion Watch Co. 1872 - 1874
McIntyre Watch Co. 1908 - 1911
Melrose Watch Co. 1866 - 1868
Mozart Watch Co. 1864 - 1870
Nashua Watch Co. 1859 - 1862
National Watch Co. 1864 - 1874
Newark Watch Co. 1864 - 1870
New England Watch Co. 1898 - 1914
New Haven Watch Co. 1883 - 1887
New Haven Clock & Watch Co.> 1853 - 1956
New Jersey Watch Co. ca. 1888
New York Chronograph Watch Co. 1880 - 1885
New York City Watch Co. 1890 - 1897
New York Watch Co. 1866 - 1875
New York Standard Watch Co. 1885 - 1929
New York Watch Mfg. Co. 1875 - 1876
Non-Magnetic Watch Co. 1887 - 1905
Otay Watch Co. 1889 - 1894
Company Years of Operation
D. D. Palmer Watch Co. 1864 - 1875
Peerless Watch Co. ca. 1892
Peoria Watch Co. 1885 - 1895
James & Henry Pitkin 1838 - 1852
Potter Watch Co. 1855 - 1875
George P. Reed 1865 - 1885
Quick Train Rockford Watch Co. ?
Railroad Watch Co. ca. 1896
Rockford Watch Co. 1873 - 1915
Rock Island Watch Co. 1871 - 1872
Royal Gold American Watch Co. ?
San Jose Watch Co. 1891 - ?
Seth Thomas Watch Co. 1883 - 1915
South Bend Watch Co. 1903 - 1929
Springfield Illinois Watch Co. 1879 - 1885
Standard Watch Co. of Minn. ?
Standard Watch Co. of Syracuse ca. 1888
J. P. Stevens Watch Co. 1882 - 1887
Suffolk Watch Co. 1899 - 1901
Tracy Baker & Co. 1857 - 1857
Trenton Watch Co. 1885 - 1908
Tremont Watch Co. 1864 - 1866
U. S. Watch Co. of Marion, N. J. 1865 - 1877
U. S. Watch Co of Waltham, Mass. 1885 - 1906
Union Watch Co. ?
Wallingford Watch Co. ?
Waltham Watch Co. 1851 - 1957
Warren Mfg. Co. 1851 - 1853
Washington Watch Co. 1872 - 1874
Washington Street Watch Co. ?
Waterbury Watch Co. 1879 - 1898
E. N. Welch Mfg. Co. 1834 - 1897
Westclox 1899 - ?
Western Watch Co. ca. 1880
Wichita Watch Co. 1887 - 1888

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