Created by Don J. Mozart and a group of jewelers from New York, what started out as the Mozart Watch company later became the New York Watch Company. Founder Don J Mozart proved to be quite useless when after three years of being superintendent at the Providence, Rhode Island factory, he neglected to produce a single pocket watch. Mozart was fired and replaced and the factory was relocated in 1867 to a Springfield, Massachusetts location.
Three years after the move, the company was forced to close the factory for pocket watch production while repairs were made to damages caused a factory fire. The company closed again, this time for financial reasons, and reopened as The New York Manufacturing Co. A year later, owners were forced to throw in the towel and sold to the Hampden Watch Company.