The name "Marion Watch Co." was used as a grade name prior to 1870, with the name engraved on the back plate in normal fashion. In all probability, it was the USWC response to the American Watch Company "Waltham Watch Co." grade. It is not to be confused with those movement having "Marion Watch Co." on the dial.
It is significant to note that "Marion Watch Co." dials did not come into existence until mid-1874 when that name was formally incorporated. In many cases these new dials were applied to existing USWC movements that had been previously produced. Prices at the time were lowered and the watches were completed with much poorer finish and, in some instances, a reduced jewel count.
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