Private labels add a layer of interest to watch collecting in that they provide us with a glimpse of those who actually sold watches to the consumer. There are literally hundreds of stories out there waiting to be discovered and researched.
Private labels add a layer of interest to watch collecting in that they provide us with a glimpse of those who actually sold watches to the consumer. There are literally hundreds of stories out there waiting to be discovered and researched. Simply defined, a private label is a watch (or clock) that has the retailer's or jobber's name on the dial and/or movement instead of, or in addition to, that of the manufacturer. This practice was fairly common in the late 1800's but tapered off after the turn of the century due to railroad standards which required standard markings on railroad grade movements. This webinar will further define the private label, will show numerous examples, suggest collecting strategies, and suggest resources for researching private labels.
About the Presenter: Dave Coatsworth is an avid collector and researcher of American private label watches, especially those produced by the Illinois Watch Company. He has written several articles for the NAWCC Chapter 190 newsletter on the subject. Dave graduated from UCLA with a BS in Mathematics/Computer Science in 1982 and currently works as a developer of CAD/CAM software. He has been a collector of clocks and watches for the past 20 years. Dave is a charter member of NAWCC Chapter 190 and currently serves as Vice President and Webmaster. He is also the moderator of the American Pocket Watch and Horological Tools forums on the NAWCC Message Board.
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