Dating westclox watches
Toward the end of production some were stamped & some were not.
Style 10 is the last numbered Big Ben style, and there are other styles with names instead of numbers. Similarly, Baby Ben and other Westclox clocks and watches have been assigned styles.
I specialize in a few different specific types of pocket watches, but my principal interest is in the Waltham Watch Company, and even more specifically in the American Watch Co. When the American watch industry first began, the first successful company was called the American Watch Co., and it was founded out of the Boston Watch Company, which had failed in 1859. was formed, and it’s generally considered to be the first successful company.
It had many name changes over the years and a couple of small reorganizations and eventually became the Waltham Watch Company in the early 1900s.
I got interested in clocks in 1967, and I started collecting watches fairly seriously in the early ‘80s. Pocket watches are a little bit more manageable, and in some ways more interesting, too.
I collect precision clocks, clocks that are very accurate timekeepers, and marine chronometers; things like that.