Auburndale Pocket Watches

1876 -1883


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A Rotary watch movement design eliminates, in theory, the need to adjust for positions, leading to a less costly escapement. In 1875, Jason R. Hopkins of Washington, D. C. was issued two U. S. Patents covering the design of a Rotary type of watch movement. In 1876 Mr. Hopkins and several investors formed the Auburndale Watch Company in Massachusetts. The factory was established at Weston, Massachusetts, directly across the Charles River from the town of Auburndale home of the principal financial backer, William B. Fowle, Jr. The first watches, the Auburndale Rotary, expensive for the day, was not a financial success. Many of the 500 made were defective and were returned Auburndale followed the early disaster by building several watches of conventional design, and is best known its design and manufacture of its Auburndale timer. The company was never able to overcome its financial difficulty, and closed its doors in 1883.

A closeup view of an 18 size 5 jewel 10 minute 1/4 seconds Auburndale Timer movement

A closeup view of an 18 size 5 jewel 10 minute 1/4 seconds Auburndale Timer dial

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