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Rockford was one of the most ambitious companies of its time and it seemed to have a bright future as well. However, competition, slow production and having an expensive price value per watch did not help out the company in the long term. It was founded by Hosmer P. Holland and George Troxell in 1873 with a capital of $150,000. The company purchased most of the equipment from an already dissolving company, Cornell Watch Co., to start its operations. Rockford also hired many of employees of the Cornell Watch Co. After these preparations, the Rockford luxury watches were finally launched in 1876, when Rockford Manufacturing Co. was completed. The start of the brand’s operations was quite slow. In 1881, the company only produced 70 watches and was behind its market demand, which threatened losing its client base. However, conditions got marginally better by 1888 and Rockford produced around 150 watches a year, while by 1890, Rockford moved its company to another location to have a bigger manufacturing factory and a hotel. In 1896, the country experienced a depression of production, and liabilities of Rockford were high to such an extent that they filed solvency and the manufacturing factory was used to produce bicycles. However, the operations started again in 1901 under new command but that did not last for long either and by the end of 1915, Rockford filed for bankruptcy and ceased its operation after producing 1 million watchcases in its lifecycle. It has now been more than 100 years since one of the Rockford luxury watches came out and most of them are quite difficult to find in a good condition. Nevertheless, these timepieces are in high demand, and if you are still looking for these models, check the offers at Midtown Watch. Not much is known about Rockford 0s collection; one thing is known for sure – that most of these were experimental models and many did not make it to the market. They did not sell well because of the drafted, unfinished designs and mechanics. The only scarce data about this collection is that its models used steam wind and were set on a pendant. Rockford’s 6s was the second collection and they integrated stem wind and lever set in them. Only two types of these models were developed for this collection and they had ¾ plates. Rockford’s 12s, 16s and 8s were mixes of designs present in Rockford luxury watches’ earlier collections. They also used steam wind and lever set, and steam wind and pendant set. These are the last known collections produced by Rockford. Rockford did have brief moments in its life cycle where it made a substantial level of profit but the problems that plagued the company and intense competition from other rivals resulted in its closure. However, the timepieces that they created are still available today, and you can also find them on Midtown Watch. Moreover, these timepieces are available at an astonishingly low cost, so this might be of your interest if you like vintage timepieces.

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