Early 20th Century Prestige Watches

The early 20th century saw fierce competition among American watch companies. Every watch company in the country produced a “top of the line” watch, of the best production and high grade. These were, of course, lesser production because they required more time and effort.

These companies took the competition one step further and started producing what they called “Prestige Watches.” This was such a specialized watch with very limited market demand, and relatively few were produced. They became the priceless possessions of a few.

These watches are highly sought after today, are hard to find, and bring a pretty penny when they do surface. I have listed in my Items column the watches separately, as each watch should be looked at individually and closely inspected to be appreciated.

In my opinion, the top watch is the Waltham Premier Maximus, with the Edward Howard a close second. But each one of these watches is a marvel of the “Machine Age,” and it’s hard to say which one is better than the other. They were, and still are, the “priceless possessions of a few.”


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