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Watson Hub Article

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Alaska Paul discovered this Watson Hub article in the 1958 issue of Science and Mechanics magazine. This suggests that the Watson hub was developed in 1956 or 1957, making the company a very early hub manufacturer.

The mechanism looks similar to the early Dualmatic hubs. In fact, the first Dualmatic hub patent filing was in 1956, for a single lever model. Whether that inspired the dual lever model by the California-based H. S. Watson company remains unclear. I have no evidence to suggest Watson ever patented its hub nor how long they sold their hub.


2 Examples of Watson hubs:

watson-hubs-1 watson-hubs-2 watson-hubs-3

Another example from a truck listed for sale on Craigslist out of Redding, California:



7 Comments on “Watson Hub Article

  1. mike

    I had a pair of these on my 1967 Jeepster, those soft metal bars you pulled out to lock or un-lock the hubs would bend out of shape and break off. They were priced lower then the Warn hubs, but not worth it at any price, just a big pain in the you know what.

  2. Mike

    I had a set of these type hubs back in the 60’s on my Jeepster Commando. Those two thin soft metal bars used to lock or un-lock the hubs would bend and break off. Priced lower than Warn hubs, but not worth it at any price.

  3. David Eilers Post author

    S. Giraud: I don’t have any evidence that the Dualmatic appeared until 1958 (and that was the single lever), so the chances of it being a copy are slim until more info comes forward. Still, their similar design does suggest it is a possibility.

    Mike: poor quality could explain the hub’s early demise. Thanks for the info.

    Dan: I’ll check out those links. Thanks!

  4. Vernon Haggard

    I have some of these , I never used them , my 1967 cj-6 has a Kelly hardtop , so I have a set of chrome KELLY HUBS !!! ( cool on cool )

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