July 2018: Support for the "Against Malaria" charity is created to enable voluntary donation to be given by visitors to the site.
February 2019: The Herman London Appendix is completed and added to the Birth of soviet Watchmaking blog.
November 2019: A second edition of The Birth of Soviet Watchmaking is completed and available in PDF format via the blog site.
January 2020: The original Hampden Watches & Birth of Soviet Watchmaking blogs are converted to this combined web site. As the blogs grew they became cumbersome and difficult to navigate. This site is hosted by Wix and will be improved and added to over time.
March 2020: We are interviewed for Sa Fona Gastro Crono. The article can be seen HERE.
September 2020. Added street maps of Canton city before and after the factory was built.
November 2020. A video of American watch factories from the early 20th century added. The link is HERE or on the John Dueber page.
November 2020. A PDF copy of Gershenzon's article "FIRST WATCH"
in English & Sam Weinberg's book "An American Worker in Moscow" ,added at the foot of this PAGE.
December 2020. The story of the Tochmekh Training Schools added. The link is HERE or on the 1917 - 1930 page.
May 2021. I have been lucky enough to secure a Type-2. The revised collection picture is HERE.
October 2021. Posted a YouTube video trailer for the site. HERE.
In a nutshell this story should interest people trying to find out more about the history of Hampden watches, the Dueber Watch Case Co., The Mozart Watch Co., The New York Watch Co., The Manheimer Watch Co., The Clinton Watch Co. (Hampden Watch Corporation). Additionally, Type-1 watches made during the Soviet era in the two Moscow factories and at Zlatoust & Chistopol... read more
This is the story of how a bunch of American watchmakers helped kick-off a huge industry.