U.S. Watch Co. George Channing  3862 Original U.S.W.Co. Original Case

U.S. Watch Co. George Channing 3862 Original U.S.W.Co. Original Case

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UNITED STATES WATCH Co. Marion Watch Co. Marion New Jersey 1865 – 1877

The United States Watch Company was chartered in 1865, and the factory building was started in August 1865 and was completed in 1866. The first watch, called “The Frederic Atherton” was not put on the market until March, 1867. It was Americas first mass produced stem wind watch. The first Grade was 18s, 19 Jewels, full plate and a gilt finish movement. A distinctive feature of the company’s full plate movements was the butterfly shaped patented opening in the plate which allowed escapement inspection That same year a second grade called the “Fayette Stratton” was introduced. It was also a gilt finish, full plate movement. The year 1875 hit the watch industry the hardest; price cutting was predatory and the higher priced watches of the United States Watch Company was particularly vulnerable. The Centennial Exposition in 1876 was not enough to save the faltering company and they finally closed their doors in 1877. Only 60,000 watches were produced during the 10 years of their existence. They were the most expensive American pocket watches of their day!

The example presented here has the original silver case and is an rare early serial No. original Key Wind/Stem Wind conversion; Also, button set to change the time. C:1875. U.S. Watch Co. George Channing No. 3862 Original U.S.W.Co. Silver Double hinged back and bezel Case. Rare "Button Set" and key set and key winding. Full Plate Gilt, 15 Jewels, Marked "George Channing/Marion, N.J.", Serial No. 3862. The inside lid is marked with overlapping initials; Unite States Watch Co. The sterling silver vest chain is mint and includes a bow guard, button set and a winding key. Still clean, running and in remarkable condition. THIS IS A FINE COLLECTIBLE, DON'T INVEST IN BONDS or STOCKS. BUY HARD ASSETS PROVEN IN TIME.

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