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"Colibri, Seth Thomas and Linden are well-known brands with a history of quality and consumer appeal -- from the ubiquitous Colibri lighter to the iconic Seth Thomas-manufactured clock in Grand Central Station in New York," said Eli Katz, Alliance Time president, retail division.
"We believe that their brand recognition combined with the strength of Alliance Time's distribution network will reinvigorate their presence in the marketplace." In an effort to rejuvenate the brands further, Alliance Time will be asking former employees of The Colibri Group to contact them directly at [email protected], for background analysis and to investigate potential work opportunities.
By 1886, production had started on four additional grades of quick-train (18,000 beat per hour) watches: a 7J, 11J, 15J and 17J model. On January 1, 1931, the firm became a subsidiary of General Time Instruments Corporation and soon passed from family control.
The firm's decline was gradual over the next 50 years and culminated in the firm's move from Connecticut to Norcross, Georgia in 1982.
"As we look into possibly developing and growing these brands for the future, we would be remiss, if we didn't explore tapping into the people and resources that previously served Colibri, Seth Thomas and Linden well.
We are confident that we can leverage the synergy of our existing infrastructure with the historic legacy of these brands" added Katz.
We are also unable to repair or replace any items returned to us for the time being.
We will do our best to ensure that items that have been sent to us will be returned to the respective customer or owner.
After 1872 they also became a major manufacturer of tower and street clocks.
In June 2001 General Time announced that it was closing its entire operation. The NAWCC (the National Association of Watch and Clock collectors) purchased from Seth Thomas their collection of historical records, drawings, photographs, advertisements and documents.
In January, 2009, The Colibri Group unexpectedly shut its doors, laying off its 280 employees and preparing to sell all remaining jewelry, gold and silver to pay creditors. The following message appeared on the Colibri website: "February 16, 2009 The Colibri Group is currently in receivership and is not accepting any orders at this time.
Seth Thomas Clock Company was one of the most prolific and long lived clock companies.
The quality of their products was always maintained at an above average level. Some of the most popular later types include walnut kitchen clocks, made from 1884—1909; marble clocks, 1887—ca.