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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 Model 7 Pocket Watch 1926 Antique Pocket Watch circa 1926. Gold Filled Case. White Face.

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$295.00
Production Year : 1926, Size : 16s, Jewels : 7 jewels, Grade : 291, Model : 7, Class : 110, Run Quantity : 10000, Production Dates : 1903 to 1945, Total Grade Production : 1501000, Movement Configuration : Open Face, Movement Setting : Pendant Wind and Set, Movement Finish : Nickel Damaskeening, Plate : 3/4 Plate, Barrel : Going Barrel, Adjusted : No

Movement engraved ELGIN NATL WATCH CO USA. Movement Serial Number 29061465 circa 1911. Very nice yellow gold filled Gibraltar open face screw back case, Case serial number 1590236. Nicely engraved back. White dial, arabic numerals, blue spade hands, Face reads ELGIN. This is a very nice one! Very little wear.

Watch has been Seviced and is Working
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ANTIQUE Elgin Model 7 Pocket Watch 1926

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