History of Waltham

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  1. Thomas Tallant

    Thomas Tallant Registered User

    Oct 28, 2004

    Can anyone refer me to a history of the American Waltham Watch Company? There's a fine book on the Elgin National Watch Company (by Alft and Briska). I wonder if anyone has written a history of the Waltham Watch Co. or any of the other important American watch companies.


    Thomas Tallant
  2. mersus99

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  3. Jon Hanson

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    "Timing a Century" by Chas Moore--all abt Waltham
  4. Frank Menez

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    Some information leading up to the formation of The Waltham Watch Co.
    can be found in--

    A complete History of Watch and Clock Making in American by
    Charles S. Crossman Prepared from microfilm and edited by
    Donald L. Dawes March 2000

    Frank Menez
  5. Fortunat Mueller-Maerki

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    John Hanson is right, the best and most thorough account of the history of the Waltham American Watch Company was written by Charles Moore, but John got the title wrong.

    Here are the bibliographic details:

    # Title: Timing a Century - The History of the Waltham Watch Company
    SubTitle: Harvard Studies in Business History, Volume XI
    # Author: Charles W. Moore
    # Publisher: Harvard University Press
    Keywords: brand economics
    Other Keywords: Waltham
    Language: ENG
    Notes: History of the Waltham Watch Company (Academic Text)
    Edition: 1945, 1st -- Copyright: 1945
    Kind: Book
    Type: Watch (general)
    Geographic area: USA
    Topic: History
    Organization: Maker
    Pages: 360 -- Height in cm: 21
    Print Status: 2 (1 means in print - 2 means out of print)
    BHM ID: 342

    The book is hard to find and often expensive when you do find a copy but fortunatly the NAWCC Library in Columbia has two lending copies which can be borrowed by any NAWCC member.

    The book is very worthwhile reading.
  6. Tom McIntyre

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    Moore is a good book, but it suffers from a problem that many of the earlier Harvard Studies in Business History have. The authors needed the full cooperation of the company to achieve their in-depth analysis goals.

    The authors are generally less critical than would be justified in a work that was not dependent on the good will of the subject.

    David Landes' Revolution in Time devotes over 50 pages to Waltham and tends to balance the account. However, Landes, in my opinion, goes too far in condemning the late management of Waltham and particularly in trashing the labor union efforts at Waltham.

    Of course one of the union leaders at Waltham was Pat Caruso, who was a dear friend of mine so I may be a bit biased also.
  7. Richard Watkins

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    Both of Marsh's histories of Waltham are on my web site. They add a little bit to the other books.

    Unfortunately William Keith "A Family Tale" is still being withheld from us by George Collord.

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