The very best, most expensive Waltham watches for all of that roughly 50-year period, from 1859 until maybe 1915 or so, were always labeled American Watch Co. The town of Waltham had become well known, and the name appeared on all of their watches as the location anyway.They got into a trademark dispute with another company that started building watches in Waltham, so they wanted to protect that name, and I think that is the main reason. couldn’t really be protected as a brand name because America was the country.I specialize in a few different specific types of pocket watches, but my principal interest is in the Waltham Watch Company, and even more specifically in the American Watch Co. When the American watch industry first began, the first successful company was called the American Watch Co., and it was founded out of the Boston Watch Company, which had failed in 1859. was formed, and it’s generally considered to be the first successful company.
The first experiments were at the Springfield Armory for the Civil War. Those techniques were adopted and adapted by the people at Waltham to build pocket watches.
: There were some brothers in Connecticut called the Pitkins who made some watches before that, and there was a family near Worcester, Mass. Luther Goddard and Benjamin Goddard and Parley Goddard made watches, but they were handmade watches.