When the Cornell Watch Company failed in 1873, the factory equipment was bought and transferred to a new factory in Rockford, Illinois. The new watch company became known as the Rockford Watch Company.
The first superintendent of the company was Mr. Clarke, a former employee of the United States Watch Company. Due to his employment history, the first pocket watches produced by the Rockford Pocket Watch Company displayed many similarities to the watches manufactured by his former employer. Rockford focused on selling exclusively to one dealer in the town and concentrated on railroad trade.
In the beginning, the company was merely able to produce 10 pocket watches per day, but at its peak, was producing 150 movements daily. Despite this production rate, the company like many other fell into a financial dilemma. They survived for nearly 20 more years under receivership as the Rockford Watch Company, Ltd and finally stopped manufacturing in the year of 1915.
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