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PO Box 31513
Chicago IL 60631
ELGIN WATCH COMPANY Early history
The company was first incorporated in August 1864 as the National Watch Company, in Chicago, Illinois. In September of the same year the founders visited the Waltham Watch Company in Waltham, Massachusetts, and successfully convinced seven of Waltham's makers to come to work for their new company. The growing young city of Elgin, Illinois, some 30 miles to the northwest of Chicago, was chosen as the factory site. The first movement was delivered in 1867, the watch was an 18 size, full plate design. The company officially changed its name to the Elgin National Watch Company in 1874.
ELGIN WATCH COMPANY Later history
The company produced many of the self-winding wristwatch movements made in the United States. During World War II all civilian manufacturing was halted and the company moved into the defense industry, manufacturing military watches, chronometers, fuses for artillery shells, altimeters and other aircraft instruments and sapphire bearings used for aiming cannons. Over time a number of additional plants were operated, mostly in Elgin. However, additional plants were located in Aurora, Illinois and Lincoln, Nebraska. The original, obsolete factory in Elgin closed in 1964, after having produced half of the total number of pocket watches manufactured in the United States (dollar-type not included). In 1964 the company relocated most manufacturing operations to a brand new plant in Blaney, South Carolina, a town near Columbia, South Carolina which renamed itself Elgin, South Carolina. A leased building in Elgin that housed offices as well as casing, fitting, shipping, service, and trade material departments was maintained until about 1970.
Antique Elgin Pocket Watch circa 1909.
Antique Pocket Watch circa 1909. Gold Filled Case. White Face. Only 1 Available
Antique Pocket Watch circa 1909. 25 Year Gold Filled Case. White Porcelain Face
Elgin 18 size, 17 jewel watch. Movement engraved GM Wheeler Watch Co. ELGIN ILL USA, 17 Jewels. Movement Serial Number 14519714 circa 1909. Very nice yellow gold filled, B&B favorite 25 year open face screw back case, Case serial number 11023512. Back is engraved with fancy script intitials MBM Case back interior engravedFather & Mother to Morris July9. 1911. White porcelain dial, arabic numerals, blue spade hands, Face reads ELGIN. This is a very nice one! Good used condition small section of plating worn at the 11 -12 position on the front rim of case. minor scratches on back.
Only 1 Available,
PRICES ARE IN US DOLLARS.