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The company that everybody calls Elgin was originally the National Watch Company. It’s almost like the American League and the National League in baseball. At that time there was nobody manufacturing pocket watches like we manufacture automobiles and appliances and various other things today. An individual would sit down and work on pieces of metal until they had built all the pieces for a watch.Elgin pocket watches were an icon of American pocket watch production in the 20th century and reflect the massive progress of the age with durable yet elegant designs.By the time the company changed its name to the Elgin...Read more Elgin pocket watches were an icon of American pocket watch production in the 20th century and reflect the massive progress of the age with durable yet elegant designs.After recruiting employees from a Massachusetts competitor, the Waltham Watch Company, the gentlemen established a 35-acre space in rural Elgin, Illinois, as the location for their headquarters.Construction was complete in 1866, their first movement was created the year after, and awards for their designs were already rolling in as early as 1869. Value will not be given over the phone, so don't ask. Some of the pages will be able to provide additional information.
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They got into a trademark dispute with another company that started building watches in Waltham, so they wanted to protect that name, and I think that is the main reason. couldn’t really be protected as a brand name because America was the country.
You can’t own the name America if the United States owns the name America.
The jeweler would then fit the movement to the case in a matter of moments. Large outfits such as Sears, Roebuck & Co., Montgomery Ward, or T.
Eaton (in Canada), would offer the movements in a variety of cases of different design and quality in their catalogs.