The Elgin pocket watch is one of the finest timepieces that is available. It's one of the surviving old-fashioned watches that's made diligently by hand. The design of an Elgin watch is as crucial as its function.These watches are considered antiques, and that is apparent when you take one apart.It is a fantastic work of art, both inside and out.
The Elgin pocket watch is one of the finest timepieces that is available. It's one of the surviving old-fashioned watches that's made diligently by hand.The design of an Elgin watch is as crucial as its function. These watches are considered antiques,and that is apparent when you take one apart. It is a fantastic work of art,both inside and out.
Formed in 1864 as the National Watch Company of Elgin,Illinois, the company officially changed its name to the "Elgin National Watch Company" in 1874. Some of the founders of the company, including P. S. Bartlett, had previously worked for the Waltham Watch Company. With the exception of the so-called "dollar" watches, Elgin made more pocket watches than any other single watch company – over 55 million of them – and made them in all sizes and grades. Elgin was founded right as the American civil war was approaching an end.
The first watch Elgin made,was an 18 sized B W Raymond railroad grade watch, finished in 1867 and over the next 100 years, they went on to produce some fine timepieces. Elgin produced their first wristwatch around 1910,years before many leading American watch companies. Elgin was originally called the "National Watch Company" but the name never took off.So 1874, the name was changed to the "Elgin National Watch Company" simply because the majority of the public and watch trade kept referring to them as "watches from Elgin". That name was kept until the late 1960s when they stopped producing watches and changed their name to the "Elgin National Industries".
Elgin was founded on the intent of mass producing very high quality pocket watches using machine made, interchangeable parts. Up until around 1850, watches were made mostly by hand, which meant that if a part broke,you had to find someone with the tools and skill to make a new part. Elgin realized that there was a considerable market for quality watches that could be sold and repaired relatively cheaply using factory made replacement parts that did not need hand adjusting.
Elgin never made the very highest quality watches in the world, nor did they make the very cheapest, but together with Waltham (aka The American Watch Company), they dominated the vast middle ground of the watch marketplace. Collecting Elgin watches is quite popular.Because Elgin produced so many watches and produced so many spare parts, they can still be easily purchased and fixed. This means even a 100 year old Elgin can be used with care on a daily basis. While mechanical watches will find it difficult to compete with the accuracy of quartz watches, there is something about having a watch that ticks,truly something that a quartz watch just can't substitute.