Discovered 1912 Feb. 9 by J. H. Metcalf at Winchester.
Named in honor of the American astronomer James Craig Watson (1838–1880), director of the Ann Arbor Observatory, Michigan, who detected some comets and 22 minor planets. He left an endowment with the National Academy for the care of the “Watson” asteroids. (H 73)
Watson is also honored by a lunar crater. See also the remarks to planet (1052).