The New York Standard watch company was first incorporated in 1885 and operated in Jersey City, New Jersey. They should not be confused with the New York watch company, which was one of the predecessors of the Hampden Watch company. New York Standard produced watches in the following sizes: 18, 16, 12, 6, 0, 3/0 and 10/0 in 7-15 jewels. They are, perhaps, best known for offering a unique straight line lever “worm-gear” escapement, patented by R. J. Clay.
New York Standard operated from 1885 until 1929 and produced over 8 million watches. Some of their models are more common, while some are extremely rare. Repairing New York Standard watches has become very difficult due to the lack of availability of parts for repair. In many cases it is simply not possible to locate parts and repairs for certain models are no longer possible.