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]

Clockhistory.com

Clockhistory.com

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    

1880 Welch Cary Vp Clock Patti Style With Waterbury 8 Day Movement L00kLarge Antique Willard Number 11 Waterbury Banjo 8-day Wall Clock, Complete NrAntique Waterbury Calendar Regulator Wall ClockWaterbury Clock Antique Kitchen Shelf Mantle, "gilford" Runs & Chimes Great Waterbury Clock Antique Kitchen Shelf Or Mantle "hillsdale", Bell Chime, Lovely!Antique Ornate Waterbury Mantle Shelf Clock W Key PendulumVery Unusual & Pretty Glass Ball Clock By Waterbury Clock Co. Paperweight Clock2 Chelsea And One Waterbury Clocks From N&w Railroad Executive Cars Not RunningGorgeous Old Waterbury Wood Key Wind Chime Mantel Clock Refinished Works GoodAntique Waterbury Clock Co Usa Spasmodic Alarm Wind Up Clock 1898-1907Waterbury Mantle ClockAntique Brass Waterbury Carriage Clock For Restore Or Parts.Antique Wm. Galloway Co. Waterloo Iowa Advertising Alarm Clock - Waterbury Circa 1891 Waterbury Glass And Brass Alarm Clock !! For Repair Or Parts1891 Waterbury China Clock Time & Strike1918 Waterbury Large Mahogany Bracket Clock With Porcelain DialBeautiful Antique/ Vintage Carriage Shelf Clock "waterbury'' 1891Antique Waterbury 5 3/8 Kitchen Clock Movement With Alarm Parts RepairAntique Waterbury Metal Mantle Clock Ornate Victorian Rare Wind Up 19011881 Waterbury Marble Clock With Visible EscapementOld Alarm Clock "mf'd By Waterbury Clock Co U.s.a." Says "bugaboo" On Face. Antique Waterbury Kitchen Clock Dial & Pan Parts RepairWaterbury Radio Room Time Only Ship's Clock Waterbury Carriage Travel Clock Brass Beveled Glass Patents 1901-10 Leather CaseAntique/vintage Waterbury Chime Clock Key Wind Wood Cased Overwound Parts/repairLot Of 7 Assorted Vintage Wall Mantle Clock Winding Key - (swiss, Waterbury, ?)Antique Waterbury Spasmodic Alarm Clock Peg Leg Needs Winding Key Pat 1901 1907Waterbury Stamped Double End Mantle Shelf Clock Key NosRare Circa 1905 Waterbury Glass And Brass Alarm / Desk Clock Super Nice - HeavyWaterbury Mantel ClockArt Deco Lux Waterbury Viking Bakelite Table Clock Works!Waterbury Mantel Clock, Faux Marble Finish Over Wood, Ornate And LargeWaterbury 8 Day Striking Shelf Clock Movement Only @ 1890Vintage Waterbury Clock Co. Clock Face, Roman Numerals, 6 1/2"Vintage Clock Keys Lot Of 22 Waterbury Vigor Germany Lehatz Hall West Germany3 - Old Vintage Clock Keys - Waterbury - 1 Iron & 2 BrassAntique Waterbury Octagonal Schoolhouse Wall Clock

Recent News: Waterbury Clocks

Source: Google News

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

Silas Bronson Library Waterbury Hall of Fame
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

Rare Antique & Collector Clocks, Plus Watches Will Be Sold In A 2-Day Auction ...
PR Web (press release), November 14th

Tortoise Shell Clock · Tower Clock · Wall Clock · Walter Durfee · Waltham Clock Company · Waterbury Clock Company · Webster English · Wonder Clock · Xavier Raphanel · Yale · Architectural Carvings · Art Deco · Art Glass · Art Nouveau · Arts & Crafts...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

Alders delay Brewery Square action
Yale Daily News (blog), October 16th

In Waterbury, part of the former Waterbury Clock Company factory was converted to apartments about 20 years ago. In Stratford, the conversion to apartments of the former Southern New England Telephone Company building is underway, and the empty ...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

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

WATERBURY -- The large, commercial brick building that housed the Waterbury Clock Co. from the 1920s to the 1940s will soon become the home of a furniture business and other shops. Concept Marketing LLC bought the 127,000-square-foot, five-story ...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