Mason, with financial backing from former Chicago Mayor Benjamin W. The contributions of the Elgin National Watch Company to American Horological industry cannot be overstated. The first building already described contained a floor area of about 23,000 ft. Thankfully that is not that difficult to do. Like the grade numbers, the model numbers for each size of watch were assigned sequentially and there was no relationship between the model numbers of difference sizes. If you believe the dates based on the serial numbers, in these early years, Elgin would often go for a year or more without producing any watches of some popular grades, and produce large quantities of other grades.
An American made watch won't have that code. Also the names that are marked on the movement have been. You mention you have only seen photos of one other grade 47, was it a 7 or 13 jewel version? While some other grades went from not having a letter prefix to being produced with one, none of the grades in this first series of letter prefixed watches were ever produced without a letter prefix in their serial number. The reason these seven men wished to leave the old company, was that they were to have an increased salary, they were also each to received the dividends of from a certain amount of stock and be given a plot of ground containing a half acres as a homestead. Adams, of Chicago and N.
Also, how could I go about determining the value? The Lord Elgin pocket watch in 21 and 23 jewel, the highly respected B. We can use the serial number to approximate the date of production but these dates aren't exact because different quality watches took different amounts of time to complete and large numbers of the partially finished watches could be set aside to make way for faster selling watches. For more information see the web page. I find using my finger nail to be quite effective and it is soft enough to not scratch a watch case. I have had a few people tell me it from 1874-75. This will be the one that is on the inner movement of your watch. The Elgin National Watch Company manufactured watches in Elgin, Illinois, from 1864 until 1968.
The Swiss didn't place serial numbers on any of the watches that Elgin bought from them. As early as 1863 the idea of starting a large watch company in the West was talked over by Mr. It is a Size 12. Raymond, purchased an abandoned farm 30 miles north of Chicago and built a watch factory there. He holds a National Certificate in newspaper journalism from the National Council for the Training of Journalists.
Identify the correct way to open the watch case. Since 12-size watches were not approved for railroad service there was no need to make them lever-set, and none were. Alternatively, the case may feature a hinged front and back. Watches with the same grade number were almost always manufactured exactly the same. On the Pocket Watch database 602190 and 602509 are reported as 7 jewel versions.
Please note it is impossible for me to give you attempts at. The development of these ingenious devises saw many refinements that improved durability, ease of repair and simplified use. All the grades in a particular class would have the same quality of parts, both in terms of materials used brass, gold, steel, etc. You must give the letter prefix of the serial number, if there. This makes Elgin one of the most commonly collected vintage watches since there are still so many examples available at reasonable prices.
The Elgin National Watch Company was founded in 1. The jobs and prosperity that Elgin brought to the community were short-lived, however. Local residents began working up incentives to bring the company to Blaney, eventually voting in a 61-16 landslide to change the town's name from Blaney to Elgin. Raymond grade 730 wrist watch until 1961. Hardware problems 29 Mar 2005 The power supply on my webserver went out last night. Even when watch manufacturers like Elgin and Hamilton stopped using serial numbers on their regular watches, they had to put them on the railroad pocket watches for railroad record-keeping purposes. You will find this on some watches.
Between September 29 and December 29 of the following year, five grades of 14 size three quarter plate key wind movements were produced. A part for a low quality watch might be made of brass while a high quality watch would have a highly polished steel part with closer tolerances instead. By clocksiam in forum American Pocket Watches. All of the watches produced in this first series of watches with letter prefixed serial numbers were the first time these grades had been produced, and often the first of a particular size or model. Additional building additions have been made in 1873 - 8,000 ft, 1874 boiler house, an 1878 10,000 foot addition, and in 1881 two buildings were erected increasing the arena by 19,000 ft. The engraved pallet cock was normally a feature of 13j and 15j gilt watches. Roman numeral watch face with a smaller round second hand to mark the seconds.