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Cincinnati Museum Center COVID Relief Fund

The recent renovation of the Union Terminal ensured that the art deco centerpiece of Cincinnati will stand for another 100 years. But the COVID virus threat has had a major impact on ticket sales and the livelihood of the people that work at the Cincinnati Museum Center. The Union Terminal COVID Relief Fund helps the Cincinnati Museum Center fund their operating budget while ticket sales are reduced and the Terminal has been closed. Please consider making a donation to the operating budget of the Cincinnati Museum Center during COVID. Donate $50 or more to the Cincinnati Museum Center at the...

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The First Programmable Computer: Automaton Jaquet Droz

Humans are amazing, and amazing humans seem to be connected to the realm of all capable thought and ideas. Pierre Jaquet Droz Pierre Jaquet Droz proved he is one of those connected humans when he invented the first programmable computer, and possibly the first AI robot when he built The Writer, an automaton, around 1760. Pierre Jaquet Droz is one of the most fascinating horologists in the history of watchmaking. His creative flair matched an inventive engineering talent proved in his inventions, watches, and music boxes. Who invented the computer? Jaquet Droz in Switzerland around 1760....

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United States Playing Card Company Clock & Tower

The Cincinnati Watch Company has a great affinity for the former United States Playing Card Company factory in Norwood, this is where the Gruen Watch Company leased space for their own movement making machines from 1948 and possibly until 1957, with certainty from between 1948 - 1950. Gruen had to get special permission from the Swiss government to be allowed to produce Gruen's own mechanical watch movements. Time Hill did not have the factory floor space the machining tools needed so leasing space inside of the old United States Playing Card Company factory in Norwood was a great solution. ...

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Swiss Sellita SW215-1 Manual Winding Movement

The Precision Movement in Our "P-40M Mechanical" Pilot Watch. Swiss Sellita SW215-1 Manual Winding Movement Sellita (Swiss) SW215-1 Manual Winding Movement. Because: pilots, conductors, streetcars, subway drivers... Have To Be On Time; seconds count to a bomber, minutes count on runways, accurate departure and arrival times are essential at airports and stations everywhere. The Precision Pilot Watch Movement The phrase "Be On The Ball!" was coined because of the Ball Watch Company. This American watch company was so accurate that seemingly all conductors trusted their pocket watches and...

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Tri-State Warbird Museum Gala 2019

The Cincinnati Watch Company is always humbled & Grateful to be in the presence of the living organizations we partner with, like the Tri-State Warbird Museum. We are shown in amazing fashion that the enormous importance of these institutions is made by the money, sweat, and time of tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands of real people's lives. Tri-State Warbird Museum is one of these magnanimous organizations! By restoring we remember. By remembering, we never do it again. There are amazing people; individuals, families, businesses, and organizations behind the Tri-State Warbird...

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The P-40M, The A-11 Spec, And The Inspiration

The "P-40M KittyHawk III", The A-11 Spec 8-Day Clock, & The Inspiration of the P-40M Mechanical Pilot Watch. In a little known hanger in Batavia lies 14 beautiful historically accurate restored WW2 Warbirds including the "P-40M KittyHawk III". It's this Osh Kosh Award Winning restoration that our P-40M Mechanical pilot watch is made to honor. The Tri-State Warbird Museum won The 2016 Osh Kosh Grand Champion restoration award for their precise restoration of their P-40M KittyHawk III. A Prestigious award reserved for only the most historically accurate of warbird restorations. Accuracy down to...

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Where are the Watches Made?

"Where are the Watches Made?" This is an often asked question and I want to address it directly. Watch Collectors & Hobbyist that are really into watches and regular Microbrand watch consumers already know the answer by noting the price of our watches. We Microbrand owners sometimes take this information for granted, and it is up to us to explain the state of the watch economy as best as we can. Because “Where was it made” is a valid question. There are no mechanical watches wholly made in the United States that are under several thousand dollars. A few Independent watch brands in...

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Watch - Product Photography by Michael Svach

The Cincinnati Watch Company is honored to work with one of Cincinnati's best photographers, Michael Svach. A photographer of vision who's able to capture: the tinythe reflectivethe texturesthe intricacies & subtle details. Taking pictures of watches is a nightmare, Michael Svach makes it beautiful. He works fast, has magnificent ideas, has the space, the technology, and the personality to make producing perfect product photography fun. Michael's Magnificent Marvelous Vision When two mediums are combined in any art often sparks are created. But one must first master two mediums in order...

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The Original Cincinnati Watch Company, The Gruen & Sons Watch Co.

This Cincinnati Watch Company would like to thank and honor The original Cincinnati watch company, "D. Gruen, Sons & Company", commonly known as "Gruen". Gruen was one of the first precision mechanical watch companies in the United States. In fact, Gruen trademarked the word "Precision" for use on their watches alone. From 1874 to 1958 Gruen revolutionized the watch industry; several times Gruen patents changed the watch making world. READ: The most definitive article on the history and evolution of The Gruen Watch Company can be found here, by Paul Schliesser Gruen helped make the...

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1940's Cincinnati. A 1946 Cincinnati Union Terminal Clock Story and The Cincinnatian

In honor of 1940's Day at Lunken Airport this Saturday, August 11, 2018 we intend to spotlight The Greatest Generation. One man among many in Cincinnati, Joe Haworth, was a stalwart of That Bunch. This video is from past years 1940's Day, such an awesome video we had to share. 1940's Day 2018 is this Saturday, August 11. The 1940's Introduced the most luxurious train at the time, The Cincinnatian. Cincinnati had our own train! The first to be air conditioned, The Cincinnatian went from Cincinnati to Washington D.C. in Only 12 hours in 1947. Check Out The Cincinnatian Time Table On...

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