The VERY FIRST American made "MEN'S WRIST WATCH" made its debut 112 years ago this month! Published in "The Keystone" magazine on September 1, 1911, a watch & jewelry trade publication. It was NOT made by Elgin, Waltham, Hamilton, Hampden or Illinois. It was made by the New England Watch Company in Waterbury Connecticut, a company that has been largely forgotten. The proper name for this watch was the "New England Lever Cavour". It was available in sterling silver, gold fill and gun metal. All cases featured gold filled crown and swivel lugs. They even had a private label version for Mark Cross, a high-end goods retailer in New York & Boston. I was fortunate enough to obtain all 3 versions and a factory case opener. The New England Watch Company would eventually become Timex through mergers/acquisions. Enjoy!
Multiple Watch Book Author, Vintage American Military Watch Dealer, Watchmaker. Recipient of the 2023 NAWCC Roberts-Taylor Award for Excellence in the Field of Horological Research.