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Oliver Marsh pocket watch, about 1852Oliver Marsh pocket watch, about 1852

The first firm to mass-produce watches by machine was the American Waltham Watch Company. Marsh, one of the firm's founders, designed and made this watch as a prototype. The watches the company produced in volume were much simpler. In 1974 the owner, believing that so important a watch belonged in the nation's museum, donated it.

See also: Clocks and Watches

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