INDEPENDENT WATCH CO.
Fredonia, New York Circa: 1875-1881
The California Watch Company was idle for two years before it was purchased by brothers E. W. Howard and C.M. Howard. They had been selling watches by mail for some time and started engraving the Howard Bros. name on them and using American-made watches. Their chief supply came from Hampden Watch Co. Illinois w. CO U.S. WATCH Co. of Marion. The brothers formed the Independent Watch Co. in 1880, but it was not a watch factory in the true sense. They had other manufacturers engrave the Independent Watch col name on the top plates and on the dials of their watches. Sold mostly by mail order. The company later decided to manufacture watches and used the name Fredonia Watch Co., but they found that selling watches two different ways was not particularly good. The business survived until 1881 at which time the ow3ners decided to move the plant to a new location at Peoria, Illinois. Approximately 180,000 watches were made that sold for $16.00
Independent Watch Co. Fredonia, N.Y. 18 size, Open Face, lever set, Full plate Gilt, signed: Independent/Fredonia N.Y., Serial No. 348,467. The owners of The Independent Watch Co used a 15j Illinois Key Wind/Stem wind conversion movement and signed their name of the plates. The mint original white porcelain dial is marked "INDEPENDENT WATCH CO./PEORIA/N.Y." The case is a plain double hinged back and bezel heavy 4oz. coin silver by BLAUER. Very nice. Running and very rare. THIS IS A FINE COLLECTIBLE. DON'T INVEST IN THE STOCK MARKET. BUY SOMETHING PROVEN IN TIME.
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A word about antique and historic early American watches. I have handed many thousands of American watches and If you think you want to buy them as time keepers, GUESS AGAIN. These are not wrist watches to remind you about keeping appointments, dates and time to pick up the kids or be home for dinner. If you want a pocket watch to keep either perfect or reasonable time, forget it. 17th, 18th, 19th century pocket watches are somewhat fragile and need to be serviced every 3-5 years regularly. Material can be stressed or easily damaged by a simple jarring. If you think you can get away with a one day a month or week casual wear and therefore place them in a drawer either cold or hot things happen--old MS break, staffs/jewels get damaged or broken, pivots get gummed up. Regular cleaning/servicing can cause a watch to wear (parts) or get damaged simply taking the movement apart over and over. THESE ARE TRUE ANTIQUES and HISTORICAL OBJECTS. I have dealt and collected old pocket watches since 1968. Watches are relics, historical, artistic, intrinsic, rare, with many still remaining in fine condition and SHOULD HANDLED WITH CARE and placed in secure dry areas. Worn regularly or thrown around during daily life is not only stupid but a waste of money to keep them perfect and timed every few years. If I kept all my vast inventory up to date service-wise I would be probably 35 years behind; plus, nowadays there just aren't enough qualified watchmakers and repairmen to keep 'em all running all the time. When I list a watch for sale it might have been in inventory in the bank it might have been inventoried for 1 to 35 years, or more. I would not be able to get anything else done. While most run they also need timing--who has the time; other which may not tick away are usually gummed up from drying oil. And, remember everyone a watch movement get removed from its case--screws may fly to the floor, crystals can get cracked, mainspring snap, threads could get crossed or (HORROR) the watch or movement gets dropped because some neglected to attach a vintage watch chain (YES, I have a superb inventory of antique PW chains which should accompany each and every watch--no shoe laces, please). Bottom line--love, respect and care for you antique pocket watch and don't wear it out, it is a true American Heritage antique and infinitely more fun and reasonably priced than coins, vases, bring WW or high maintains old automobiles. Would you rather look at your stock summary or paper certificate monthly while riding it down? Remember, those who invented pocket watches thru the ages were the computer experts of today, Antique pocket watches are only becoming more and more rare and hard to find due to fires, floods, natural disasters and poor care and they are not making them anymore.
Why not research these great little machines and buy some for family and friends, AND HAVE A GOOD TIME DOING IT. Watches are small and easy to store or ship. Looking forward to hearing from my customers, old and new.