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 Oak Waterbury Study Wall ClockWaterbury Very Rare Antique Mantle Clock 100% All Original Looks/runs Great!Waterbury Antique Rust Colored Floral Design Porcelain Mantle Clock -not RunningAntique Waterbury Walnut Mantel Clock Radnor 8 Day Alarm Working! No Reserve !Waterbury Antique Parlor Clock 100% All Original Beautiful €Santa Fe Railroad City Passenger Agent Waterbury Wall Clock Pittsburgh, Pa Antique Oak Waterbury "festus" 8 Day Gong Strike Kitchen Clock,pendulum,keyWaterbury Rare Antique Parlor Mantel Clock 100% All Original Runs Great W/alarm! Miniature Brass Waterbury Carriage Clock As Is For RepairAntique 13" Waterbury Clock, Patent 1898Antique Waterbury Wall Clock Movement Parts Repair1890 Waterbury Brass Ship Clock With Por DialVintage Waterbury Ships ClockAntique Waterbury Wall Clock Dial & Pan Parts RepairAntique Mantle Clock Steeple Style Waterbury - For Parts - Basket Case As FoundAntique Waterbury Clock Co Mantel Mantle Clock-not Working!Waterbury Clock Company Novelty Antique "spider" Clock Circa 1912Antique Mantel Clock--gilbert/waterbury/ingrahamAntique Waterbury Crystal Regulator With Open Escapement Clock Parts RepairAntique Waterbury Wood Ogee Mantel / Wall Clock W Lake & Mountain Scene GlassVtg Antique Waterbury Clock Movement Only With Key - Parts Or RepairAntique Waterbury 8-day Wall Clock Time & Strike Wood Case Nice Condition! NoresOak Waterbury Kitchen, Parlor Clock For Parts Or Restore.Waterbury Parlor Clock Case, Delft Porcelain Beat Scales For Waterbury And New Haven Regulator Wall ClocksAntique Waterbury Clock Movement, Cleaned And Oiled!Antique1898 Patent Date Waterbury Clock Co. Mantel Clock Movement3 Antique Clock Works - Waterbury , E Ingraham & 1 Weight DrivenWall Clock Pendulum- I Think Waterbury ? - Nice! - Hc19Vintage Art Deco Waterbury Alarm ClockAntique Waterbury Mantel Clock Case Parts Repair8 Day Waterbury Weight Driven Og Clock3 Vtg Clock Faces For Steampunk Art W/brass Bezel No Glass Ingraham Waterbury Waterbury Alarm ClockAntique Waterbury Clock Co. Dial, Bezel And Glass.Waterbury Clock Co. Parlor No. 91 Green Floral Porcelain China Waterbury Clock With Cotton Bail Matchstick Holder. 1891. Black Americana.10 Vintage Clock Winding Keys, Waterbury, West GermanyFancy Waterbury Clock Co. Wall Hanging Kitchen ClockVintage Steel Spasmodic Made By Waterbury Co. Wind Up Alarm ClockAntique 30-hour Waterbury Ogee Wall Clock --- Circa 1850's / Runs And Keeps TimeAntique Waterbury Mini Ogee Clock Circa 1850Antique & Vintage Lot Of Clock Dials. Seth Thomas, Waterbury, Ingraham New HavenWaterbury Clock Case - Porcelain DialAntique Waterbury Calender Clock Movement In Vintage Kitchen Clock Case RunningWaterbury 8 Day Kitchen Parlor Gingerbread Clock MovementVintage Lux Clock Co Pendulette Cuckoo Clock Waterbury Ct UsaAntique Waterbury Mantel Clock Movement Parts RepairAntique Clock Waterbury Clock Co Antique Waterbury Mantel Clock Movement Parts RepairLot Of Vintage Clocks Waterbury Big Ben Style, Westclock Art Deco Gilbert TimerWaterbury Forestville Mantle Clock, Front Opens Up, With Key And PendulumVintage Timer Minute Minder Mirro Matic Lux Clock Mfg Co Waterbury Conn AntiqueLot Of Misc Clock Movement Parts--gilbert, Seth Thomas, Waterbury---parts/repairTimex- Waterbury Clock Co.- Fire Truck ClockVintage Cuckoo Clock By Lux Clock Co Waterbury, Conn Usa, For Parts Non Working 2 Wb Postcards-waterbury Ct-c.1920-30-busy Street/people/buildings/cars/clock-vf

Recent News: Waterbury Clocks

Source: Google News

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

Timex honors ace shooter Abhinav Bindra with Waterbury watch
indiablooms, December 13th

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

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

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

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

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