Joseph P, Wathier jeweler watch description and development
The Nineteenth Century. In a few brief years the 19th century will have passed out of existence, but its record in the annals of the world's history will be one of the brightest and most conspicuous, for during its period the greatest and most beneficial discoveries have been given to mankind. .Steam, the principal factor of all our modern power; electricity, the coming giant, have been the discoveries that have advanced our civilization to its present standard; for by the knowledge of their power, distances have dissapeared, and our most difficult work has been reduced to a minimium. The ponderous piece of architectural iron, and the most minute piece of a watch movement, are now manufactured so accurately that they have acquired a perfection hitherto unknown. That the world at large has been benefi t >.d by these inventions, has been proven in watchmaking. Half a century ago the purchase of a watch was a thing to be long considered, and the price represented to the workingman, many months of labor. To-day, thanks to machinery, improved tools, and division of labor, a perfect watch can be purchased with less than a week's wages, of the a.verage skilled workman. OQ a recent visit to Chicago the writer became acquainted with Jos. P. Wathier of the firm of Jos. P. Wathier & Co., and on invitation, visited his place of business at 178 W. Madison Street. As a matter of course, to the average newspaper man, a jewelry establishment presents many attractions; he sees so many things he would like to purchase if pay day came about three times a week, but in this injtince I was surprised how cheap reliable jewelry can be purchased when you happen to strike the right dealers. My attention was especially called to a counter covered with one special make of watches, and on expressing astonishment, Mr. Wathier showed me orders from all parts of the United States, Canada, and South America. This watch is known as the B jckford Railroad Watch, movement 49. It is manufactured in 14k. Gold filled cases; op-*a face or hunting, handsomely engraved, and warranted to wear 20 years. The price is $22 50 and $23 50. After seeing the watch it is no wonder that; it had become so popular wi'h everyone connected with the Bailroad service. Chicago is fast assuming the leading position as a commercial and manufacturing center. Shortly after the big fire Jos. P. Wathier & Company emb irked in the jewelry business, not over-stocked then with this world's goods, but possessing a thorough knowledge of every detail of the business. Every year has been a step on the ladder of success; their watch repairing department has acquired a national reputation, their experienced workmen successfully repairing the most intricate watch and the most ordinary one. Aware, that during the next two years, thousands of people will be attracted to Chicago by the wonderful display of the Exposition, the firm is continually adding to their stock, and the latest novelties in jewelry, diamonds, rings, emblems, etc., are so numerous that it is impossible to describe them with any justice to the goods. On receipt of 10 cents for postage, the firm will mail a handsome catalogue containing correct desigas of their goods. Customers can rely that the goods on receipt will prove an agreeable surprise, being in all cases superior to the poor reproduction that the best engraver can produce.