Waltham Watches Played Vital Role in Life of Henry Ford
Few people realize that Henry Ford almost manufactured watches instead of automobiles. It is a fact that Waltham watches played an important role in Ford's life. 'l'he two big events of his early life were, seeing a road engine and getting a watch. That was way back in 1875 when he was 12 years old. When he was 13 he could take a watch apart and put it together. The first watch he repaired was a Waltham which belonged to his father.
It was just about the time when the standard railroad time was being arranged. We had formerly been on sun time and for quite a while, just as in our present daylight-saving days, the railroad time differed from the local time. That bothered me a great deal and so I succeeded in making a watch that kept both times. It had two dials and it was quite a curiosity in the neighborhood.,
The Ford collection comprises 49 valuable Waltham watches, representing Waltham models from 1850 to the present day, showing the evolution of the American watch.