1864 - 1967
The Elgin National Watch Company
The Elgin Watch Company (also called the Elgin National Watch Company) was the biggest American watch manufacturer when it comes to total production volume. Actually, Elgin created roughly one-1 / 2 of the entire quantity of better-quality pocket watches produced in the U . s . States. Total production over their a century of operation arrived at nearly 60 million watches, that is nearly 50% of all of the jeweled watches created by American watch companies! This will make Elgin probably the most generally collected vintage watches since you will find still a lot of good examples offered at inexpensive price points.
The time tower in the Elgin National
The Elgin National Watch Company began in 1864 in Elgin, Illinois because the National Watch Company, and a few of the coordinators were later to get the a few of the greatest names within the American watch industry: J. C. Adams, P. S. Bartlett, D. G. Currier, Otis Hoyt, and Charles H. Mason, with financial resources from former Chicago Mayor Benjamin W. Raymond. The factory for that National watch company was carried out 1866, and also the first movement created was an 18-size B. W. Raymond model which offered in April of 1867 for that astounding cost of $115. This identical watch, serial number 101, was offered at auction in New You are able to in 1988 for $12Thousand. In 1874, the organization formally transformed their title towards the Elgin National Watch Company, which title continued to be until they stopped creating watches within the 1960's.