This makes Elgin one of the most commonly collected vintage watches since there are still so many examples available at reasonable prices. Their success can be attributed to their huge production of low to mid-grade watches... Together with the Waltham Watch Company, they dominated the huge market for mid-grade watches, producing over one-million per year during their peak years of production.
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This identifies the watch as being made by the American Waltham Watch Co. This tells us the case was made by the American Waltham Co. The serial number on the CASE DOES NOT GIVE ANY MORE INFORMATION.
Mason, with financial backing from former Chicago Mayor Benjamin W. The factory for the National watch company was completed in 1866, and the first movement produced was an 18-size B. Raymond model which sold in April of 1867 for the astounding price of $115.
Elgin shipped their first wristwatch in 1910, and later manufactured the first wrist watch to be qualified for railroad service, the grade 730A B. In 1958, they introduced the "Dura Balance," an ingenious design for a free-sprung balance (no regulator pins) which used spiral balance arms and small weights to govern the moment of inertia of the balance.
The contributions of the Elgin National Watch Company to American Horological industry cannot be overstated.
In fact, Elgin produced approximately one-half of the total number of better-quality pocket watches manufactured in the United States. In 1874, the company officially changed their name to the Elgin National Watch Company, and that name remained until they stopped producing watches in the 1960's.
Total production over their 100 years of operation reached nearly 60 million watches, which is nearly 50% of ALL the jeweled watches produced by American watch companies! The Elgin Watch Company's success was not built on its production of the highest-grade watches, though some of their higher grades were top-quality, exquisitely made timepieces.
On the inside of the cover we find on this watch, the logo AWco and K18.
The Elgin Watch Company (also known as the Elgin National Watch Company) was the largest American watch manufacturer in terms of total production volume. This identical watch, serial number 101, was sold at auction in New York in 1988 for ,000.