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Towns on Long Island thrive based on the industries that
flourish within them. Such is the case with Sag Harbor. Sag Harbor is known for
its contribution to the whaling industry. However after the whaling industry declined
something else needed to take its place. That was the Bulova Watchcase Factory.

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Right in the heart of downtown on Church Street lies an
abandoned ruins, currently a subject of debate and decision by developers and
the Sag Harbor planning board. But back in 1881 the cornerstone was laid for
this large and soon to be booming factory. Joseph Fahys, a shop owner in New
York City owned a factory in New Jersey that was looking for a place to
relocate. Sag Harbor was a perfect solution. It would still be easy to
transport the goods to the shops in Manhattan and yet the conditions would be
better.

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The new factory in Sag Harbor hired anyone willing to work
and was full of retied seamen and immigrants. Fahys was known for his clean
workspaces and employee perks. There was even a recreation room for use when
not on shift. Fahys watch cases are still prized and collected today. The
factory’s products were also noted for their high gold content. In 1890 $6,000
worth of gold was melted down every day and even the floor scraps came to a
surprising $80,000 per year.<span> <br />

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But the flourishing factory could not last forever. As much
of the world was experiencing financial stress, so was Mr. Fahy. In 1931
competition began to push them out and Mr. Arde Bulova purchased and renovated
the building to become the Bulova Watch Factory. During World War II the
factory shifted its focus into manufacturing munitions and timing devices.

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Bulova as a company is still in operation but the factory
eventually closed its doors. The very last watchcase was produced there in 1975
and is still preserved in a museum display.<span> 
The building was eventually left to decay slowly over time.

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Currently there are plans by Sag Development Partners to
renovate the factory and turn it into housing and apartments. The plans and
developments are being carefully scrutinized by the Sag Harbor Village Planning
Board. While it is always regrettable to watch a historic building decay or
undergo construction changes, this could once again be a chance for this
property to benefit the community of Sag Harbor.

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