Americans were the first to mass produce watches. Edward Howard and Aaron Dennison founded the Waltham Watch Company in 1850. They designed machinery to mass produce watches and created a company which continued to do so until 1950. Another American watchmaking company which survived for over a century was founded in 1864. The National Watch Company of Elgin continued making watches until the 1960s.
Both Waltham and Elgin made relatively expensive, quality watches. In 1880, the Waterbury Watch Company was founded to make inexpensive watches. In 1892, R.H. Ingersoll began manufacturing their “dollar watch”. In the same year, the Hamilton Watch Company, which is still in business, was founded.
Vintage American watches available now (at eBay US)
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Omega Constellation Vintage Mens 18k Gold Chronometer Automatic Watch
on January 19, 2020 at 5:23 pm
AU $4,782.36End Date: Thursday Feb-20-2020 4:23:24 ESTBuy It Now for only: AU $4,782.36Buy It Now | Add to watch list
Sinn Awesome Duo Chronograph 756 S Tegiment PVD Extras! Automatic! Full Set! NR!
on January 19, 2020 at 4:23 am
AU $705.00 (8 Bids)End Date: Sunday Jan-26-2020 15:23:13 ESTBid now | Add to watch list
Vintage Bulova Diamond Watch - Platinum Ladies Wristwatch Quartz 7" Art Deco 23
on January 8, 2020 at 7:09 pm
AU $1,168.65End Date: Sunday Feb-9-2020 6:09:00 ESTBuy It Now for only: AU $1,168.65Buy It Now | Add to watch list
Audemars Piguet Jules Audemars Tourbillon Chronograph 26346OR.OO.D088CR.01
on January 7, 2020 at 5:20 pm
AU $267,282.75End Date: Saturday Feb-8-2020 4:20:24 ESTBuy It Now for only: AU $267,282.75Buy It Now | Add to watch list
Audemars Piguet Vintage Watch
on January 7, 2020 at 5:18 pm
AU $5,643.49End Date: Saturday Feb-8-2020 4:18:01 ESTBuy It Now for only: AU $5,643.49Buy It Now | Add to watch list