Friday, July 10, 2009

If You Find Yourself in Boston

The Waltham Watch Company [Waltham, MA] was at one time America's largest manufacturer of watches. In operation from 1850 to 1957 they produced approximately 40 million watches, clocks, speedometers, compasses, time fuses and other precision instruments that were considered the best of their day. There was a time when Swiss manufacturers actually copied their pocket watch movement designs...and some of them even made Waltham fakes....You heard right; the Swiss made Waltham fakes in the late 1800's.

The building still stands on the banks of the Charles River but alas it is now office and condo space. [I wonder if I could convince the wife to move there...hmmmmm]

When visiting the town of Waltham you feel that they are very proud of their horological past and promote it where and when they can.

Why the trip down memory lane? Well "on July 24th several watches, along with some of the tools and artifacts of the Waltham Watch Factory, will be part of a permanent public exhibit at the newly renovated Watch Factory building on Crescent Street.

People interested in the Watch Factory’s colorful history will be able to see more than 50 photos and six displays of items from the time period in the lobby at 221 Crescent Street. Objects range from an original watchmaker’s bench, to examples of the time pieces workers produced, to plates from the company cafeteria."

Watch Factory Exhibit
Grand Opening Event
Friday, July 24th
5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Watch Factory

Here is the full story from the Boston Globe

Well I know where I'll be on July 24th at 5:30

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