Elgin Vintage Watches

The Elgin watch company produced more jeweled watches than any other watchmaker in America. The company made low priced watches, all the way up to high quality railroad grades pocket watches. Elgin's Art Deco watches are highly collectible.

Elgin was formed in 1867 in The state of illinois. It was first named the National Watch Company and was changed for the Elgin National Watch Company in 1874. Elgin first pocket watch, the 18-sized BW Raymond, premiered in 1867, and then launched ladies' convertible wristwatches in 1912. Within 1917 they made a soldiers' watch which has a pierced anodized case, outlined luminous Arabic numbers and hands and a khaki strap.

Around 1926 followed a nice-looking cushion shape watch with an over-sized crown. In 1928 and 1929 arrived their popular Art Deco ladies' watches, that are well worth looking out for; they are Madame Alpha, Madame Premet, Madame Agues and Parisienne. Elgin manufactured it's fifty millionth movement in 1951 unfortunately by then Elgin was in it's final years.

Up until around 1850, their watches were made mostly by hand. This implied that if a part of the watch broke, you had to find someone with the necessary tools and skills to make a new part replacing it. Elgin realized it quite earlier that there was a good market for watches that could be repaired relatively cheaply using factory made replacement spare parts. Thus Elgin was founded on the ideology of bulk production of high quality pocket watches using machine made, replaceable spare parts.

Elgin produced its first watch in April 1867, and the B.W. Raymond was astonishingly successful. By the late 1880s, Elgin had improved to employ about 2,300 workers and produce around 1,200 watches per day. The company released its first pair of wristwatch “the Lord Elgin and the Lady Elgin” in 1910. [..Read More..]

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VINTAGE ELGIN 19J BULOVA 17J WOMENS DIAMOND GOLD FILLED WATCHES WATCH
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Vintage Lady Elgin 14K Gold Filled Womens Watch
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Vintage 674 Elgin Shockmaster 17 Jewel Manual Wind Mens Watch Deco 10k RGP Bzl
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MENS GOLD VINTAGE ELGIN WRIST WATCH 15 JEWELS
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Vintage Elgin watch movement and case 14K gold filled 15 jewel parts
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VINTAGE LORD ELGIN MENS WATCH 559 21J 14K GOLD FILLED
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Vintage Elgin De Luxe Mechanical Watch FREE SHIPPING
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Vintage Elgin Self Winding Watch with Fancy Case FREE SHIPPING
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Handsome 1935 Original ELGIN Gentlemens Curved VINTAGE Watch Serviced
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RARE ELGIN 333 CALIBER AUTOMATIC CALENDAR FEATURE MENS VINTAGE WATCH
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Mens Vintage 1923 ELGIN Engraved case 7 Jewel Watch for Parts or Repair Runs
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Mens Super Clean Vintage 1952 ELGIN DeLuxe Fully SERVICED 17 Jewel 555 Watch
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VINTAGE USED ELGIN DURAPOWER WATCH 10K RGP PARTS OR FIX ONLY NO RESERVE
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Vintage Lord Elgin Automatic Watch 760
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Vintage ELGIN 17 JEWELS Watch for repair parts E105247
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Vintage Elgin Stainless Steel Chronograph Wristwatch Watch Swiss Mechanical
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ELGIN 14K WHITE GOLD FL GREEN ENAMELED DL CASE RARE VINTAGE 1930 LADIES WATCH
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Vintage Elgin ladies wrist watch
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Vintage Hamilton wristwatch Bakelite box + Elgin watch face
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Vintage ELGIN Yellow GF 16mm Wrist Watch Buckle Hallmarked 21
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Vintage 1949 Square Elgin Deluxe 533 17j Ladies Watch 10K Gold Filled D
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1944 Vintage LORD ELGIN Mens Angled 14k White Gold Fl Pitched Multi Angled Watch
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VINTAGE LADIES ELGIN 17 JEWEL CAL 661 WRIST WATCH GOLD FILLED CASE
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VINTAGE ELGIN TREASURE HOMAGE GMT SS QUARTZ MENS DATE 99060235 WATCH 1
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Vintage ELGIN 15 Jewel Mechanical Watch with Fancy Bezel to Fix
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Vintage 1950s Elgin 732 Extended Lugs 19j Mechanical 10KRGP Watch Works
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Vintage Elgin Mens Wrist Watch Running Blued Hands Good Condition CT
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Rare Vintage Lord Elgin Solid 14K Gold Rectangular Watch Circa 1950 NO RESERVE
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Vintage ART DECO 1925 ELGIN Watch HEAVY 14k SOLID WHITE GOLD 827 Grams Recovery
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In 1912, Elgin produced a convertible wristwatch for women. Due to its removable straps, this popular design could be interchanged from a wristwatch to a pocket watch, or it could be worn on a neck chain.
During the World War I, Elgin received a government contract with the U.S. Army through which the company trained 350 employees to produce precision and flawless watch repairs on the battlefield. This contract helped keep Elgin fiscally and monetarily sound during the war when the other companies went stagnant.
Elgin also helped with the war effort during the World War II, this time by producing specialized military watches, chronometers for the Navy, instruments for planes, and much more technical equipments. These endeavors set Elgin on a path of diversification and recognition that had its effects after the war, as the company started producing transistor radios, clocks, and other consumer related commodities, including more wristwatches of course.
At the time, the most stringent test of a watch’s accuracy was whether railroad companies would allow their employees to wear it because the inaccuracies of just a few seconds were as serious as to be the cause a severe catastrophic collision. For decades, only pocket watches were trusted enough to undergo the task to be allowed on trains, but Elgin produced a wristwatch that met railroad standards in 1961 - the B. W. Raymond Railroad Wrist Chronometer. Elgin was the first railroad wristwatch to be made in America with entirely American parts.