Dollar Watches...Bannatyne Watch Co.

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    Dollar Watches...Bannatyne Watch Co.

    The Bannatyne Watch Company was established in Waterbury Connecticut in 1906 and produced 350,000 nonjeweled stem wind, stem set pocket watches from 1906-1911 when the company was sold to the E. Ingraham Watch Company.
    This short lived appearance on the American market makes this a very scarce and collectable dollar watch .
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    Re: Dollar Watches...The E. Ingraham Watch Co.

    The E. Ingraham Watch Co. from Waterbury, Connecticut was formed in 1912 after the purchase of the Bannatyne watch Co. Ingraham had been manufacturing Clocks since 1835 and incorporated in 1884. Made its first Pocket watch in 1913 and its first wrist watch in 1930. They ceased making watches in the US in 1971.
    From 1913-1968 they mfg. over 65,000,000 Dollar watches second only to Ingersoll, and . 1930-1959 produced 15,000,000 Wrist watches.
    Note the similarity to Bannatyne in mvt design. Here are a couple examples of Ingrahams. The first signed the " Pathfinder" which had a compass built into the top of the stem, and the very Popular " NY to Paris" commemorating Lindbergh's famous transatlantic flight of 1927. The white dial version,( paper dial) and the Black dial with Radium hands and painted numbers in its original box, also a paper dial.
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    Re: Dollar Watches...The E. Ingraham Watch Co.

    Interesting that the production of these watches exceeds the lifetime output of a number of existent popular brands COMBINED.
    "Forever is composed of nows." - Emily Dickinson

    "The watch has to be surrounded by a history.
    You need more than just a great design. You need to create an atmosphere around the product.
    Who is the company behind it? Why are they using this material?
    People need to be able to identify the watch with themselves. It's based on emotion." - Ralph Furter

    ...that's just my opinion and I've been wrong before and will be again and might be now!

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    Re: Dollar Watches...Bannatyne Watch Co.

    Yes, Eeeb it is amazing how many were turned out and sold from 1890- 1970. Eighty years is a long time, but Waltham had a life longer than that. granted the cost was undoubtedly the reason for high Dollar watch production and sales, but manufacturing techniques and just the demand for time pieces must surely have also driven the market. If the American companies had stood up to Japan's competition and swithed to cheap quartz mvts , and China had not evolved as it has , maybe we would still lead the world in watch production. What an odd thought that is.
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