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    Default Last year(s) of the American Pocket Watch production-a timeline?

    Those must have been very dark days for an industry that employed so many Americans. My Dad bought a Accutron back then & it was all she wrote for the mechanicals for him.

    I'm a total nube here as my posts would suggest so I don't know the stories around those days I'm just guessing they were brutal.

    But I was curious as to what the final production year was for true American built / manufactured pocket watches. Not the subsidiary 25 jewels etc... Thanks!

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    Default Re: Last year(s) of the American Pocket Watch production-a timeline? (By: Whereisitat)

    Hamilton made the last 992B RR watch in 1968-69. Waltham went out of business in 1957 and were selling Vanguard 1623 RR watches into at least the mid-1950s. Elgin made the last B.W. Raymonds in the mid-1950s.
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    Default Re: Last year(s) of the American Pocket Watch production-a timeline? (By: Whereisitat)

    Quote Originally Posted by Whereisitat View Post
    Those must have been very dark days for an industry that employed so many Americans. My Dad bought a Accutron back then & it was all she wrote for the mechanicals for him.

    I'm a total nube here as my posts would suggest so I don't know the stories around those days I'm just guessing they were brutal.

    But I was curious as to what the final production year was for true American built / manufactured pocket watches. Not the subsidiary 25 jewels etc... Thanks!
    I don't think mechanical watches will ever go away, especially automatics. I'll admit that I'm more intrigued with the Accutron and will probably be more focused on them, but it's nice having watches that only need some TLC and a wind every day - no worries about needing a battery at the most inopportune time.

    Robert

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    Default Re: Last year(s) of the American Pocket Watch production-a timeline?

    had the 'last notice' for 992b, but can't find it.

    but.......... still being shipped late 1971. watch never sold, still in family of jewelry store owner, store now closed.
    a 4c prefix in a model 15 case.
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    Chapter 149 Early American Watch Club .. Home of Russ Snyder Illinois CD database and Henry Burgell Serial number Look-up ... excellent research resources!
    http://www.nawcc-ch149.com/ http://www.nawcc-ch149.com/pw_dbresearch.html
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