Masonry was a way of life in the olden days. Masonry made its way into many homes and industries. It also made its presence felt in the watch making industry. The production of Masonic pocket watches started in the early 20th century. The best pocket watch makers even started producing Masonic watches of their own.
One of the best known Masonic watches were those made by William Wallace Dudley. His company is named Dudley Watch Company. William Dudley learned how to make watches at the age of 13. He took an apprenticeship and learned the ins and outs of the business, as well as insider tips. William worked with different prestigious companies like Hamilton and Waltham before he started manufacturing his own watches at the age of 69. It was quite a late start, but as they say, better late than never.
Freemasonry greatly influenced his life and he thought of incorporating it with his work. Dudley spent 15 to 20 years perfecting his craft before applying for a patent. William then joined his two friends in the business. Their first Masonic watch borrowed parts from Waltham pocket watches. The watch had materials from different sources.
Dudley had a lot of competition from other companies and when the customer started looking for smaller pocket watches, they started manufacturing them as a response to the growing demands of the market. The company produced several models which are now considered collectibles.
All Dudley watches can be traced through their serial numbers. Genuine Dudley watches made between 1920 and 1925 should have serial numbers ranging from 500 to 1900. Elgin and Waltham also started making their own Masonic watches; however, Dudley remained the favorite.
Dudley watches are very expensive, even those which are not in good condition still fetch a very good price, even a higher price than Fusee pocket watches. Keep eyes peeled for auctions of Masonic watches.