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Rockford, Illinois
1873 – 1915
The Rockford Watch Company’s equipment was bought from the Cornell Watch Col, and two of Cornell’s employees, C.W. Parker and P.H. Wheeler, went to work for Rockford.  The factory was located 93 miles from Chicago on the Rock Rover.  The first watch was placed on the market on May1, 1878.  They were key wind, 18 size, full plate expansion balance and dials made by outside contract.  By 1877 the company was making ¾ plate and nickel movements that fit standard steel cases.  The factory was located on the Railroad lines, and they always advertised the Railroad.  The company had some problems in 1896, and the name changed to Rockford Watch Co Ltd.  It closed in 1915 with pocket watch production serial numbers reaching over one million.

The example for sale is a very scarce 1 first MODEL produced in 1878.  The case, dial, and movement are all original to one another.  Model 1, 15 jewels, Key Wind and Key Set, Full plate Gilt, (German Jeweler Private Contract), J.K. LANOEMILIH LERMUN, OHIO, Serial No. 100,119.  Remarkable, clean original plates.  The dial is mint; white porcelain single sunk and marked: ROCKFORD WATCH Co./ILLINOIS.  The case is a 4 oz. coin silver double hinged back and bezel NEWPORT COIN with the original super thick beveled crystal!  Very scarce in this all original state.  THIS IS A FINE COLLECTIBLE. DON'T INVEST IN THE STOCK MARKET, BITCOIN, BONDS. BUY HARD ASSETS, SOMETHING PROVEN IN TIME. 

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