ROCKFORD WATCH Co.
The Rockford Watch Company’s equipment was bought from the Cornell Watch Co., and two of Cornell’s employees, C.W. Parker, and H.H. Wheeler, went to work for Rockford. The factory was located 93 miles from Chicago on the Rock River. The first watch was placed on the market on May 1, 1876. They were key wind, 18 size, full plate expansion balance and dials made by outside contract. By 1877 the company was making ¾ plate nickel and gilt movements that fit standard 18s cases. The company had some problems in 1896, and the name changed to Rockford Watch Co. Ltd. It closed in 1915.
Very scarce early 3/4 plate gilt key wind. ROCKFORD W.Co. 3/4 Plate Gilt, 7j, Key Wind Low No. 114,170 C:1880. Very clean, and complete, but has a broken staff. Mint original white porcelain dial marked: "ROCKFORD WATCH CO./ILLINOIS." THIS IS A FINE COLLECTIBLE. DON'T INVEST IN THE STOCK MARKET OR BONDS. BUY HISTORIC AND COLLECTIBLE HARD ASSETS.
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