Worn&Wound's WIND^UP 2017
We are proud to participate in the Worn&Wound Wind^Up 2017 Watch Fair! See us in New York City’s Chelsea Market on October 27th-29th!
Dive (into) Watches
The HHS/D Diver (in German) is featured here:
Watch Journal Online
Born in the US in Watch Journal Online here:
American made watches in International Watch Online here:
Watch Journal Online Diver's Digest
We’re excited that our HHS/D Diver has been featured in Watch Journal Online Diver’s Digest!
The Wall Street Journal Online
American Watchmakers in the Wall Street Journal Online!
You’ll find a great article about our Damascus Steel cases here:
We are proud to be featured in WatchTime Magazine!
The HHS/D in OCEANICTIME!
Here’s a great article about Geoffrey in Petrolicious!
A Timely Perspective
We are featured in a Timely Perspective here!
A Blog to Watch
The new HHS/D diver’s watch in A Blog to Watch New Releases!
Worn and Wound
We are proud to appear in Worn and Wound!
Featured News in IW Magazine!
We are delighted to be in the Robb Report Dream Machines issue!
Here’s a great article about our upcoming diver’s watch in Wristwatch Magazine!
Buying a Watch in 1880
If you were in the market for a watch in 1880, would you know where to get one? You would go to a store, right?
Well, of course you could do that, but if you wanted one that was cheaper and a bit better than most of the store watches, you went to the train station!
Sound a bit funny?
Well, for about 500 towns across the northern United States, that’s where the best watches were found.
Why were the best watches found at the train station?
The railroad company wasn’t selling the watches, not at all. The telegraph operator was.
Most of the time the telegraph operator was located in the railroad station because the telegraph lines followed the railroad tracks from town to town.
It was usually the shortest distance and the right-of-way had already been secured for the rail line. Most of the station agents were also skilled telegraph operators and it was the primary way they communicated with the railroad.
They would know when trains left the previous station and when they were due at their next station.
And it was the telegraph operator who had the watches.
As a matter of fact, they sold more of them than almost all the stores combined for a period of about 9 years.
This was all arranged by “Richard”, who was a telegraph operator himself. He was on duty in the North Redwood, Minnesota train station one day when a load of watches arrived from the East. It was a huge crate of pocket watches. No one ever came to claim them.
So Richard sent a telegram to the manufacturer and asked them what they wanted to do with the watches.
The manufacturer didn’t want to pay the freight back, so they wired Richard to see if he could sell them.
So Richard did.
He sent a wire to every agent in the system asking them if they wanted a cheap, but good, pocket watch. He sold the entire case in less than two days and at a handsome profit.
That started it all.
He ordered more watches from the watch company and encouraged the telegraph operators to set up a display case in the station offering high quality watches for a cheap price to all the travellers.
It didn’t take long for the word to spread and, before long, people other than travellers came to the train station to buy watches.
Richard became so busy that he had to hire a professional watch maker to help him with the orders. That was Alvah.
>And the rest is history as they say.
The business took off and soon expanded to many other lines of dry goods.
Richard and Alvah left the train station and moved their company to Chicago — and it’s still there.
YES, IT’S A LITTLE KNOWN FACT that for a while in the 1880’s, the biggest watch retailer in the country was at the train station.
It all started with a telegraph operator: RICHARD SEARS and partner ALVAH ROEBUCK!
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