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Japy Production Myth

By Richard Watkins

2010, 1 page

Frederic Japy established a factory in Beaucourt (France) and mass-produced watches and clocks; he is reputed to have manufactured about 40,000 watch movements per year during the 1790s. However, it seems that a myth has grown about the number of employees and their rate of production.

The following note explains this myth and its source: