Waterbury Pocket Watches

1880-1898


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The Waterbury Watch Company of Waterbury, Conn. was created to produce a cheap watch. Waltham, Elgin and other companies manufactured watches that were out of the reach of most people. The watch D. A. A. Buck designed was the simplest of watches. All of the parts including screws, added up to only fifty-eight parts. The Waterbury watch was a huge success at first, and then sales fell off dramatically. The problem was a product of the company's success. Because the watches were so inexpensive, they were given away as premiums with suits of clothing and other items, often of inferior quality so the watch came to be associated in the public mind with shoddy workmanship.Also people stopped buying the watches because they could get them for free. To counter this, the Waterbury name was abandoned and the company reorganized as the New England Watch Company.

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