Dating antique pocket watches
Add a unique touch to your Pocket Watch for a gift that will last a lifetime.Although the lever watch was not invented in America, it was the USA who was responsible for the mass production of American lever watches.Back then, the business traded under the name “National Watch Company,” but this would later be changed to the “Elgin National Watch Company,” as most of the watch trade and public referred to its products as “watches from Elgin.” As one of the few true American watch manufacturers, the Elgin National Watch Company produced around 60 million watches over the course of its 100-year history, making it the largest American watch manufacturer in terms of total production volume.The underlying idea was to mass produce high-quality pocket watches using machine-made, interchangeable parts.The rights to the name "Waltham Watch Company" were sold to the Hallmark Watch Company of Chicago, Illinois who continued to sell imported watches using the Waltham name.Several of the original Waltham factory buildings are still standing, and were added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1989.
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Founded in 1864 in Elgin, Illinois, just as the American Civil War was coming to an end, the company released its first watch to the market in 1867, an 18 sized BW Raymond railroad grade pocket watch, which took six months to complete and sold for a whopping 7 (several years ago, it was purchased at auction by the City of Elgin for ,000).
By way of context, pork chops were selling for three cents a pound at the time.
Problems were encountered with the new production methods.
The company was exploring innovative new ideas in watch manufacturing, such as using jewels, making enamel dials, and producing plates with a high-level of finish which required extensive tooling and resulted in a great financial burden.