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In 1885 the company name changed to the American Waltham Watch Company (AWWCo).Two high-quality groups of watches were produced by the company for orders placed by the Canadian Pacific Railway.In exchange for rights to the name, existing Waltham Watch Company (Mass) shareholders received 1 share of the new company for every 5 shares of the original company.
The next movements manufactured (1001-5000) were marked "Dennison, Howard, & Davis", "P. In 1876, the company showed off the first automatic screw making machinery and obtained the first Gold Medal in a watch precision contest at the Philadelphia Centennial Exposition.
In 1851, production began in a new factory building. The first 17 watches, which ran for 8 days, and were marked "Howard, Davis & Dennison", were distributed among company officials. Bartlett" watch, named for early employee Patten Sargeant Bartlett.
Number 1, given to Howard, is now at the Smithsonian Institution. In September 1853 the company was renamed the Boston Watch Company. In January 1859 the Waltham Improvement Company merged with Appleton, Tracy & Company, forming the American Watch Company (AWCo).
Their revolutionary business plan was to manufacture the movement parts of watches so precisely that they would become fully interchangeable.
Based upon the experience of earlier failed trials, Howard and Dennison eventually perfected and patented their precision watch making machines, creating what has been called the American System of Watch Manufacturing.