The Manistee Watch Company was founded in 1905 by Joseph Bachner and William Wrath. They built their factory in Manistee, MI. Their factory was completed in 1908, and they produced their first pocket watch the next year.
Founder Joseph Bachner attempted to create a movement that could compete with the dollar pocket watches that were being manufactured by other companies at the time. The company used inexpensive casings for their watches and imported many of their supplies from Europe.
The watches sold for $5.00, but the company was unsuccessful. They were forced into bankruptcy in 1911 and were forced to permanently close their doors in 1912 after producing a mere 60,000 pocket watches.