Does anyone here own either a Goddard or a Pitkin pocket watch? Between 1809 and 1817, Luther Goddard, of Shrewsbury, Mass., made about 500 verge watches. He went out of business because of cheap foreign competition. From 1838 to about 1841, the brothers James and Henry Pitkin at Hartford, Conn. (and later New York) manufactured and marketed the first American machine-made watches - three-quarter plate, slow train. They too suffered from foreign competition (Swiss, I believe) and manufactured only about 800 movements before going out of business.