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Elgin National Watch Company

Information about the Elgin National Watch Company

The Elgin National Watch Company was founded in Illinois as the National Watch Company in 1865 by a number of former directors of the American Watch Company in Waltham.

All the workforce were snatched from the Waltham business by being offered higher wages and half an acre of land each to build homesteads on, the land having been donated by the citizens of Elgin.

The first watch came off the production line in 1867, with the name of the company changing six years later to the Elgin National Watch Company.

Many of the movements were named after founder members.

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Lot FS29/185

Lot FS29/185: Elgin. A Gentleman's 14ct Gold Cased 'Lord Elgin' Wristwatch

Elgin. A gentleman's 14ct gold cased 'Lord Elgin' wristwatch, the rectangular dial with Arabic numerals and subsidiary seconds dial in a curved rectangular case with presentation inscription and on flexible link bracelet.

Estimate: £500 - £600
Realised: £480

Lot FS28/113

Lot FS28/113: Elgin. A Lady's Key Wound, Hunter Pocket Watch

Elgin. A lady's key wound, hunter pocket watch, the white enamel dial with subsidiary seconds dial, the movement with backplate inscribed 'Lady Elgin No132287 Patent', the cock inscribed 'Moseley Patent', in a case with foliate engraved and engine-turned decoration, stamped '18K'.

Estimate: £400 - £600
Realised: £360