South Bend Pocket Watches

1903-1929


The sons of Clement Studebaker, one of the primary founders of the Studebaker Automobile and Wagon Co, purchased the Columbus Watch Company in 1903.The brothers, George, Clement Jr., and J.M. Studebaker, relocated the company, and 145 of its employees, to the town of South Bend in Indiana.
The pocket watch company was renamed the South Bend Watch Company. With the majority of the employees already thoroughly experienced in watch making, it wasn’t long before the company started producing pocket watches; their first strongly resembled the watches made by the Columbus Watch Company and were full plated.
South Bend was a highly successful company, and catered primarily to railroad engineers but unfortunately were not immune to the effects of the stock market crash. The company was forced to close on New Year’s Eve 1929.

A Closeup view of a South Bend 18 Size 15 Jewel 305 Pocket Watch movement

A Closeup view of a South Bend 18 Size 17 Jewel Marked 313 Pocket Watch movement

A Closeup View of a South Bend 18 Size 17 Jewel 323 “The Studebaker” Pocket Watch Movement

A Closeup of a South Bend 18 Size 21 Jewel 329 “The Studebaker” Pocket Watch Movement

A Closeup view of a South Bend 18 Size 15 Jewel 331 Pocket Watch movement

A Closeup view of a South Bend 18 Size 17 Jewel 341 Pocket Watch movement

A Closeup view of a South Bend 18 Size 17 Jewel Marked 347 Pocket Watch movement

A Closeup view of a South Bend 18 Size 17 Jewel Unmarked 347 Pocket Watch movement

A Closeup of a South Bend 16 Size 15 Jewel Marked 204 Pocket Watch Movement

A Closeup of a South Bend 16 Size 17 Jewel Marked 211 Pocket Watch Movement

A Closeup of a South Bend 16 Size 17 Jewel Marked 217 Pocket Watch Movement

A Closeup of a South Bend 16 Size 19 Jewel Marked 219 Pocket Watch Movement

A Closeup of a South Bend 16 Size 21 Jewel Marked 227 Pocket Watch Movement

A Closeup of a South Bend 16 Size 17 Jewel 223 “The Studebaker” Pocket Watch Movement

A Closeup of a South Bend 16 Size 21 Jewel 229 “The Studebaker” Pocket Watch Movement

A Closeup of a South Bend 16 Size 7 Jewel 261 Pocket Watch Movement

A Closeup of a South Bend 16 Size 15 Jewel 280 Pocket Watch Movement

A Closeup of a South Bend 16 Size 15 Jewel 281 Pocket Watch Movement

A Closeup of a South Bend 16 Size 21 Jewel 8 Adjustment Studebaker Pocket Watch Movement

A Closeup of a South Bend 12 Size 17 Jewel 411 Pocket Watch Movement

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