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 LORD ELGIN 21 JEWEL 14 K GF ROSS CASE WATCH PARTS
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Very Old Rare Vintage Elgin Gold 15 Jewels Wind Up Dress Classy Art Deco WATCH
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BEAUTLORD ELGIN BLACK KNIGHT VINTAGE GENTS WATCHFAB CASE DIALBOX PAPERS 1952
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Beautiful Vintage Mens LORD ELGIN Wrist Watch 14 KT Gold Fisher Body Award Work
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Beautiful Vintage Mens LORD ELGIN Wrist Watch 14 KT Gold Fisher Body Award Runs
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LORD ELGIN VINTAGE MENS WATCH 14K GOLD FILLED WATCH RUNS AND SETS NICE WATCH
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LADY ELGIN 14K ROSE GOLD WATCH VINTAGE ESTATE +FREE SHIPPING+
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Vintage Lord Elgin 25 Jewel Self Winding Automatic Mens Watch
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Vintage Elgin 15 Jewel Watch 1920s
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Vintage Elgin Art Deco 15 Jewel Rose Gold Colored Wrist Watch for Restoration
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Vintage Lord Elgin 559 Wrist Watch 14k Gold GF Case 21j Movement Parts Repair NR
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Beautiful 1928 Two Tone Filigreed Elgin Mens Vintage Watch for Repair
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ANTIQUE VINTAGE MENS ELGIN LORD ELGIN 21 JEWEL ADJUSTED WRIST WATCH 1947
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Vintage 1970s Mens Elgin GREEN Dial Automatic Oval Case Watch Nice Cond
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VINTAGE 21JEWEL LADY ELGIN WATCH 14K YELLOW GOLD HAND WIND WORKING
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ELGIN PLATINUM DIAMOND ART DECO LADIES VINTAGE WRIST WATCH c1930s SERVICED
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VINTAGE LORD ELGIN MENS WATCH CAL 688 14K GOLD FILLED USA COLLECTABLE
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Rare Vintage 1950s Lord Elgin Chevrolet Solid 14K Gold Mans Presentation Watch
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Mens Vintage Elgin 14k Yellow Gold Manual Watch 3235
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Vintage 6s 6 size Elgin trench style military wrist watch huge case parts repair
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Vintage Elgin Diver Watch Dual Crown Inner Rotating Bezel Model 1501
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Vintage Elgin 1940 532 Grade Movement Watch Military Runs Well EXC 8 0 15 Jewel
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Mens Vintage 1948 SOLID 14 KARAT YELLOW GOLD Lord Elgin 21 JEWEL Dress Watch
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Elgin 7 Jewel Unadj 14K GF Nickel Vintage 1930 Wrist Watch Not Running
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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.