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    

Antique Waterbury Cast Iron Figural Mantel Shelf Clock Parts RepairAntique 19thc Victorian Waterbury Cobalt Porcelain Dresden Flower Mantel ClockAntique Waterbury Kitchen Clock Case Parts RepairVintage Lux Clock Mfg. Waterbury, Conn Beer Buddies Stein Barrel (unusual)Antique Waterbury Kitchen Calendar Clock Case Parts RepairAntique Small Waterbury Mantle Clock Looks BeautifulAntique Early Waterbury 1867 "column Spring" Miniature Shelf Clock Working Well Antique Waterbury Open Escapement Clock Movement Porcelain Dial Bezel PartsWaterbury Antique 8 Day Carriage Clock All Original L0oks And Runs GreatAntique Waterbury Miniature Round Brass Carriage Clock For Parts Or RestorationWaterbury 1890 6 Column Flat Fluted Mantel ClockAntique Waterbury 6 1/2 Parlor Kitchen Clock Movement W/alarm Parts Repair2 Vintage Cuckoo Coo Coo Lux Keebler Waterbury Wall Clocks For Repair Or PartsAntique Waterbury Electric No. 22 Tambour Mantel Clock Self Winding Antique Rare Waterbury "garfield" 1893 Ornate Oak Mantel Clock Working Well Antique Waterbury Clock Co 8 Day Cottage Clock As Found Straight Fm Local EstateAntique 1800s 19th Waterbury Clock Shelf Mantel Kitchen W/rare Alarm SystemBlue Shmoo Novelty Clock By Lux Clock Company, Waterbury Ct.- Runs Nice!!Antique Waterbury Drop Octagon Clock 31 Day Calendar Brass Facing Paper DialL 11.  4 Vintage Alarm Clocks, Gilbert, Seth Thomas, Big Ben & Waterbury RelayAntique Ewer Statue Figure Ansonia Triumph Mantle Clock Waterbury Seth ThomasTwo Waterbury Clock Movements Parts Or Repair Antique OldAntique Waterbury Kitchen Parlor Clock Movement Parts Repair

Recent News: Waterbury Clocks

Source: Google News

Editorial: Sikorsky sale can build on long tradition
CT Post, July 21st

The Norden bombsight, the F4U Corsair, Electric Boat submarines, Pratt & Whitney aircraft engines, Hamilton Standard propellers, Waterbury Clock bomb timers, New Departure ball bearings, billions of small arms cartridges — the list of defense goods...Read more

Workers rappel to inspect 240-foot clock tower
Boston Globe, June 19th

Continue reading below. Inspectors with a national architectural engineering firm have rappelled down Waterbury's iconic clock tower as they document repairs it may need. The Republican-American newspaper reported the workers from Wiss, Janney, ...Read more

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

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

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