The Waterbury Clock Company, one of many 19th century Connecticut-based clock firms, began as a subsidiary of Benedict & Burnham, a brass manufacturing company, in 1857. Benedict & Burnham had no background in clock making, but it saw clocks as a means to use its brass. Over the years, Waterbury would become a leading manufacturer of clocks—by the time it closed its doors in 1944, it had made some of the most memorable American antique wall clocks and mantel clocks, as well as highly regarded clock movements and watches.

Because of Waterbury’s roots in brass, the metal played a large role in the design of its clocks, but during its first few years, the firm lacked an experienced clock maker and designer. Enter Chauncey Jerome and his brother, Noble. Until they arrived, most of Waterbury’s business had been in the sale of movements and cases for clocks made elsewhere. Under the direction of the Jerome brothers, however, Waterbury’s production grew rapidly, necessitating the building of a new production facility in 1873 for its growing number of products.

In the 1880s and early 1890s, Waterbury added non-jeweled pocket watches to its product line. In the final decade of the 19th century, Waterbury was producing upwards of 20,000 clocks and watches a day, and was selling its output through Sears, Roebuck & Company and other retailers. By 1915, Waterbury was making more clocks than any company in the United States.

Throughout this period, Waterbury maintained a relationship with R.H. Ingersoll & Brother, a mail-order company. When Ingersoll fell on hard times in 1922 Waterbury bought the company—the combined firm was later renamed as the Ingersoll-Waterbury Company.

Waterbury was not immune to the effects of the Great Depression, but it managed to stay afloat with the production of the Mickey Mouse wristwatch, which was a huge hit. In addition, Waterbury embraced changing technology and began producing electric clocks in 1932.

As many companies did during World War II, Waterbury shifted gears during the first half of the 1940s to support the war effort. During this period, in 1942, Ingersoll-Waterbury was purchased by a group of Norwegians, who built a new factory for their firm in Waterbury, Connecticut. They also changed the company’s name to the United States Time Corporation, the forerunner of Timex.


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Ashland resident donates clock to historical society
News Item, February 15th

That piece of history is the wooden case of a Waterbury Clock Co. regulator (pendulum) wall clock that hung on the wall in the P.L. Loeper Jewelry Store at 935 Centre St. The clock mechanism is long gone, but the case is about 36 inches tall and 15...Read more

Timex felicitates Olympic champion Abhinav Bindra with its exclusive limited ...
NYOOOZ, December 16th

With its roots set in 1854 with the founding of the Waterbury Clock Company in Waterbury, Connecticut, the brand has come a long way from the pocket watches they designed then. The brand also introduced its The Waterbury Collection as a part of the ...Read more

Timex honors ace shooter Abhinav Bindra with Waterbury watch
indiablooms, December 12th

The iconic American brand Timex had its roots in 1854 with the founding of the Waterbury Clock Company in the town of Waterbury, Connecticut. From its earliest days when it moved timekeeping from the pocket to the wrist, Timex has been synonymous with ...Read more

Smith, Wallace, Lamb, Buck Enter Waterbury Hall
Waterbury Observer, November 15th

The Waterbury Hall of Fame inducted four new members at a ceremony inside the Mattatuck Museum this afternoon; Daniel Buck the co-founder of The Waterbury Clock Company, Gerald Lamb, the first African-American elected to state office in American ...Read more

With 'The Waterbury' line of watches, Timex pays homage to its roots
Waterbury Republican American, November 2nd

In 1854, a local brass manufacturer called Benedict & Burnham began a new venture called the Waterbury Clock Company; 160 years later, that company's successor, Timex, is paying tribute to the city of its origins with a new product line called The ...Read more

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Hartford Courant, March 3rd

Keane and her co-workers at Waterbury Clock Co., all young women, were told they could paint faster if they dipped their brushes into the radium-laden paint and then sharpened the bristles with their lips. But the paint was bitter and Keane would not...Read more

Former Waterbury Clock building to be new home for Furniture Factory
Waterbury Republican American, October 29th

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