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.

Best of the Web (“Hall of Fame”)

National Watch and Clock Museum

National Watch and Clock Museum

This virtual museum, created by the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors, lets you stroll through tim… [read review or visit site]

Bill Stoddard's clock history site offers a trove of great reference information on clock and watch makers includin… [read review or visit site]

National Maritime Museum

National Maritime Museum

Check out this sampling of nautical and maritime items held by the U.K.'s National Maritime Museum and Royal Observ… [read review or visit site]

Dan and Diana's Lux Clock Collection

Dan and Diana's Lux Clock Collection

Dan and Diana Lockett's amazing collection of several hundred novelty Lux clocks made by the Lux Clock Manufacturin… [read review or visit site]

Detex Watchman's Clock Album

Detex Watchman's Clock Album

Philip Haselton's guide to watchmen's time recording equipment. Includes 19th century German portables, 20th centur… [read review or visit site]

Clubs & Associations

Discussion Forums

Other Great Reference Sites

Most watched eBay auctions    

Waterbury Art Nouveau Black Cast Iron Mantel Clock @ 1900 Attractive!C1874 Waterbury Drop Regulator Octagon Wall Clock Runs Great 32" X 17" Original1867 Rare Walnut Antique Waterbury 8 Day Shelf Clock, Working! Antique Victorian Art Nouveau Waterbury Figural Maiden Woman & Salamander ClockAntique Waterbury Kitchen Mantle Shelf Clock Large Nice ClockWaterbury Clock Co. 22" Mantel Clock8 Day Half Hour Strike Mantle Clock Waterbury Seth Thomas Welch ? Antique Waterbury Toulon Escapement Crystal Brass ClockAntique Waterbury Parlor Shelf Mantel Clock Solid Wood Etched Glass DoorAntique Waterbury Carriage Alarm Clock Made In UsaNice Waterbury Gibson Calendar Mantel Clock With Thermometer And BarometerFantastic Antique Waterbury Clock Co. U.s.a. Carriage Clock With Key. Nr1875 Waterbury Time, Strike & Alarm Mahogany Bee Hive Clock1913 Waterbury Clock Ship Bell Clock No5 Great Working Condition.Old Waterbury Gingerbread Lg Shelf Mantle Clock Case & Gong Clock Parts1 Dozen Old Antique Mantle Shelf Wall Waterbury Welch + Clock Keys Key Lot PartsAntique Waterbury Mantle Clock Movement With GongWaterbury Clock Movemnet, CompleteLot Vintage Antique Alarm Clocks For Parts Repair Steampunk Waterbury SuperiorWaterbury Kent Mahogany Mantel Clock Case Only @ 1895Antique Oak Waterbury Mantel ClockClock Small Waterbury 30 Hr. Wind-up 1890's Working NrUnusual Striking Waterbury Variant Steeple Clock 1880 Nice Waterbury Antique Mantel Clock Case With Porcelain DialWaterbury Antique Mantle Clock1885 Waterbury 8 Day Striking Rosewood Shelf ClockAntique Waterbury Clock Movement Complete With Nut. Mantle. Parts Or Repairs.1930s Rare Lux Waterbury Alarm Clock Case For Animated Clocks BartenderWaterbury Stamped Double End Mantle Shelf Clock Key NosOld Rough Waterbury Clock ~ For Parts, Re-purpose, Decor, Craft, SteampunkLux Clock Car Clock - Waterbury Conn, Runs But As Is, Nice FindWaterbury Mantle Shelf Clock Key Parts Nos

Recent News: Waterbury Clocks

Source: Google News

Timexpo Museum in Waterbury to close
FOX CT, April 22nd

WATERBURY – The Timexpo Museum, which opened in 2001 and was dedicated to the history of the Timex Group and its predecessor companies, including the Waterbury Clock Company, will close later this year, Timex announced today. Low attendance at ...Read more

Joe Rosson: Clock's date likely refers to its patent, not manufacture
Knoxville News Sentinel, March 28th

These were produced by numerous companies in the United States such as the William L. Gilbert Co., the Ingraham and Co., the New Haven Clock Co. and the Waterbury Clock Co. — among others. How then do we know which American company made this ...Read more

Spend your time well exploring Waterbury, Conn.
Boston Globe (subscription), March 7th

In fact, the Waterbury Clock Co. — you might know it better as Timex — produced the first-ever Mickey Mouse watch in 1933. More than 11,000 were sold on the first day. Landmarks like the 240-foot Union Station Clock Tower are reminders of those days...Read more

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 ...
Times of India, 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

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

Last Of Waterbury's Radium Girls Dies
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

Waterbury clock could sell for $600 to $1200
Ocala, October 13th

Q: I am attaching some photos of my antique clock. My mother gave it to me, and it is supposed to be more than 100 years old. I would like to have your opinion as to its worth. The glass is hand painted, supposedly from an artist in Providence, R.I. ...Read more