Posted 2 years ago
This is a parts watch of a Waterbury Long-wind Series A that shows you the 9' main spring that was used in these watches.
In 1875, Edward A. Locke of Boston & George Merritt of Brooklyn wanted to produce a watch that would sell for $3-$4 so the common man could have a watch. The cheapest watch at that time was a little over $10.
In 1877 they met with D.A.A. Buck who was entrusted to making a model watch according to Mr. Locke's specifications. It was a duplex with a rotary movement which turned around in the case once each hour. The main spring was nine feet long, no jewels were used and the total number of parts were 58. It was completed in the fall of 1877 for approval by Messrs. Locke & Merritt.
In January 1878, Messrs. Locke, Merritt & Buck went to Waterbury to meet with Mr. Benedict of The Benedict & Burnham Mfg. Co. to see if they were interested in manufacturing their watch. The first watches were put on the market in December 1878 under the name of Benedict & Burnham Mfg. Co.
In 1880, a stock company was incorporated as The Waterbury Watch Company. Charles Benedict was president, Mr. Buck inventor & stockholder, Mr. Locke & Mr. Merritt as stockholders. The new company put out their first watches in May of 1881. The Model A was the first introduced and was like the Benedict & Burnham model, but the watch had been reduced to 54 parts. The Series B, C & E had solid dials and other minor changes, but all had the 9 foot main spring. They were known as The Waterbury Long-Wind, because it takes about 120 to 140 turns of the crown to fully wind the watch.
The Waterbury Nasby Watch & the Horace Greeley Watch I previously posted were both Waterbury Long-Wind Series C watches.
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