American Watch Company Biographies and Histories

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  1. 5831usmc

    5831usmc Registered User

    Oct 5, 2010
    High school biology teacher
    Park Forest, Illinois
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    I am always looking for books on American watch company history/biography. I have purchased one such book about a year ago. It is on Waltham and is a reprint of a book originally written in roughly 1920. This book illustrates Waltham's history from the beginning with Dennison and Howard, to Appleton & Tracy. I really love this book. I forgot the title, but it can be found on Amazon. Nevertheless, are there other books on such topics? Historical accounts and chronological developments on companies such as, Elgin, Hamilton, South Bend, Columbus, etc?

    Thank you to all for your help.

  2. Fortunat Mueller-Maerki

    Fortunat Mueller-Maerki National Library Chair
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    Aug 25, 2000
    Horological Bibliographer -
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    Another book that is in print outlining a special chapter of American watchmaking history that you may like is:

    • Title: Fitchburg Watch [The…]
      SubTitle: History of a Masterpiece
    • Author: Richard Meibers
    • Publisher: Martin & Lawrence Press
      Keywords: specific
      Other Keywords: Fitchburg
      ISBN: 0 9721687 0 2
      Language: ENG
      Notes: History of Merican Watchmaking exemplyfied in a specific mass produced watch
      Edition: 2002, 1st edition -- Copyright: 2002
      Kind: Book
      Type: Pocket Watch
      Geographic area: USA
      Topic: History
      Organization: Maker
      Pages: 207 -- Height in cm: 22
      Print Status: 1 (1 means in print - 2 means out of print)
    • Give it a try Look for it on the web if you want to buy, or borrow it from the NAWCC Library if you are a member.
    • Good luck
  3. Richard Watkins

    Richard Watkins Registered User
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    There are quite a few relevant books. Check my bibliography (download it from my web site).

    Also download my book "Watchmaking and the American System of Manufacturing".

    Although technical, David "American and Swiss Watchmaking in 1876" is also relevant.

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