The "Dollar" watch, show me some of yours.

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  1. Steven Thornberry

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    I think it might be a bit more complex. The Waterbury Watch Co. became the New England Watch Co. Ingersoll took over New England; then, Waterbury Clock Co. took over Ingersoll. In 1944, Waterbury Clock Co. became the United States Time Corp., which produced the Timex brand. In 1969 United States Time Corp. became the Timex Corp. Corrections, please. In any event, the New England Watch Co. was in the line of descent to Timex.

    And now, a moment of silence for John Cameron Swayze, who took a licking and kept on ticking.
     
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    Linking a great thread on Leonard dollar watches in case you'd like to see some additional dollar watch examples.
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    Showed up in the mailbox today.

    Manhattan serial 7390. This is the first model so the setting is by the small button on the side that you press in and turn with your nail. Nickel plated case has turned a even grey. Paper dial is a plain paper not coated like the later ones.

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    Very nice piece and scarce with the pin set Kevin, but in my opinion not a "Dollar Watch" in the true sense, but still kinda of fits here, a bit like the Long-Wind Waterbury's and Auburndale Watch Co's:)

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    How about this New England Watch company Rugby In a sterling silver original case

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    Very nice, Tim! I think the Rugby is one of the Waterbury Watch Co/New England Watch Company transitional models. From the logo, your Rugby Series P seems to be a Waterbury while my rugby Series LG is marked New England.

    The first three pictures are Waterbury Rugby items, while the next pictures are my watch that is marked New England Watch Co.

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  7. musicguy

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    I agree


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  8. Tim Fitzgerald

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    I wonder why they put it in a sterling silver case? I cleaned & serviced it & is running very well
     
  9. Jim Haney

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    Tim,

    The 3rd pic won't enlarge. Is it marked Sterling? The bow is not . Is is a screw or friction fit bezels. A picture would answer most questions.

    If it is sterling, I doubt it was factory cased in it and someone decided to put it in one over the last 120+ years:D
     
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    Several of the smaller size New England watches that I have are in silver cases, often with a logo NE inside a heart. They also had enameled cases, many of them with matching brooches. Perhaps it was because they were trying to improve their image? Of course, this is likely one thing that kept them from really being dollar watches.

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  11. musicguy

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    Very nice Pat


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    Here are a couple of ads from 1899 Jewelers' Circular & Horological Review that talk about the cases being sterling and gold.

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  13. musicguy

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    Close up view of it running:



    "The first short wind that was really widely mass marketed to the general public was the "Series J", released in late November 1888."

    On these you push the crown in to set the time.

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    Just to add to my post above, I was surprised how much of a quality
    difference there is between the Series E and the Series J. The Series J is
    a watch that can be used. You don't have to set the time by pushing the
    hands around manually(like a clock) and the Series J has some real weight to it,
    they seem to be very well made(and the dial is not paper).

    Rob
     
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    This is a blurb from The Waterbury October 1888, Waterbury Watch Company's magazine for the trade, that announces the Series J. (Would like to give credit for the scan, but I can't remember if this is from a copy of the magazine at the Library, or if it came from one of my issues)

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    That's great thanks

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    Sorry about that Jim The bow is gold the case is sterling w\

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  18. Jim Haney

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    Tim,
    Thanks for the picture. I have never seen one like that. The bow looks like it was silver or nickel plated and has worn down to the brass ?
     
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    From 1898

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    Interesting. I am guessing, but I suppose they were referring to their nickel plate movements. I do have a nickel plate Addison K size which didn't make it to this list. -Cort
     
  21. 4thdimension

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    p.s -and remember, Waterbury's aren't dollar watches -Cort
     
  22. musicguy

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    The dollar price point(I believe) was first reached in 1896 with the Ingersoll
    Yankee, setting its price at $1

    The earlier Waterbury Watch Company watches were not retailed for a dollar but the
    initial goal was to make an affordable easy to manufacture watch that could
    be sold to the everyday person.

    When the Waterbury Watch Company started, the first watches
    made were very similar in appearance to those made by Benedict and Burnham.
    The Waterbury Watch Co. used a skeletonized pattern for the plates but they were fancier
    than the original Benedict and Burnham ones. These new skeletonized ones
    sold for $3.50(and put Waterbury on the map). But Waterbury soon found out that by
    not skeletonizing the plates, the long-wind could be sold for a
    a dollar less at $2.50. They never sold a skeletonized again after this transition.
    In 1888 they also began manufacturing a wide range of "short wind" watches
    which cost more than the $2.50 they were charging for the long wind.
    These were much higher quality watches and you didn't need to set
    the time by moving the hands yourself with your finger(like you do with a clock).
    These newer Waterbury Watch Company watches also were sold in
    Nickle Silver, Silver, and Gold Filled. The first short wind that was widely mass marketed to the
    general public was the "Series J". There is a world of difference between the
    long wind and the series J. I still like to wind my long wind even though it takes me ten minutes(lol)

    As time passed we still call zero jeweled watches into the 60's dollar watches
    even though they didn't cost a dollar.

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    #473 PatH, Dec 4, 2019
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    Just a note that Waterbury Watch Co. was formed by Benedict and Burnham after they proved the feasibility of producibility of Buck's long wind watch. The backs of the WWC movements were not pierced, or skeletonized, like the B&B watches were, however the dial side was skeletonized for several of the early models, including one with 3 spokes rather than the more common 6 spoke. I will try to take some side by side pictures to post later today.
     
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    As mentioned in previous post - photos of Benedict & Burnham (B&B) and Waterbury (WWC) early skeleton watches, along with a Series C that has the solid back and dial.

    B&B 6 spoke, B&B 3 spoke, WWC 6 spoke series A, WWC series B.

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    PatH you have a great collection.


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    Thanks, Rob, and thanks for starting this thread! These watches definitely have a special place in my heart. They, and the people who created and marketed them, played such a big part in making time affordable. All in addition to creating some innovative timekeepers and thousands of watches that commemorate history and widely used products.

    I hope to see even more examples added to this thread in the coming year.
     
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    Found this at the recent NAWCC show in Lexington, KY for $15

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    Great find at a great price, Jim!! Thank you for sharing with us!
     
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    Jim, what is the shape of the case? From the pictures, it appears to be round. The New Haven Tip-Top models that I am familiar with have had an octagonal or pentagonal shape to the case, and they generally have Tip-Top written on the dial.
     
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    It is round and someone may have switched watches in the box:???:
     
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    It is my impression that the box and watch are not original to each other, but I am continually surprised.
     
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    Upon a closer look, the watch does say Compensated, so a "marriage", but now you have a great box and just need to keep an eye out for a Tip Top with radium dial. Seems the box and papers are worth the $15!
     
  33. PW Collector

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    Jim,
    I'm a little late responding to your post. I'm in the camp of the mis-matched box to watch.
    I have a Tip-Top box & watch but not the radium dial option.
    The box I have (actually have 2 boxes) marked:
    020002 2 NICKELED
    TIP-TOP
    OPEN DIAL Q BACK
    The watch is in an octagon shape case, and the movement is marked, THE NEW HAVEN CLOCK CO. U.S.A. PAT. PEND.
    These were offered in both plain & radium dial versions.
    The second box I have also had a New Haven Compensated watch in it as yours does, but neither of mine are in "new condition" like yours.
    Dave

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    It would be interesting to see the back of your watch. After Jim posted and I replied, I came across a few pocket watches in Tran Duy Ly's book on New Haven clocks and watches whose descriptions mentioned that they came with either a "V" back or a "Q" back. The "V" style had a locomotive back; the "Q" style had a linear back. These were from 1937. I haven't done a more thorough search through Tran's book.
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    My New Haven Tip-Top Quintet would seem to have a "Q" back.
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    In the box with the paperwork.

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    Here is the back cover. Appears to be the same as in your ad posted.
    Dave

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    Thanks for the pictures. I just noticed (and should have noticed earlier) that the company designation on your box and accompanying paper is New Haven Clock and Watch Co. Per Chris Bailey's introduction to Tran Duy Ly's New Haven book, that names was adopted on March 6, 1946, following a reorganization of the company. Whether that name might have been used earlier informally, I cant say. But, if it wasn't used earlier, your watch would have been produced no earlier than 1946. I'll see if I can find additional information.
     

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