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Elgin Pocket Watches

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. Founded in Chicago in 1864, the then National Watch Company was developed out of a consortium of local business leaders. Their goal was to create watches that were durable, affordable, and aesthetically satisfying.

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.

By the time the company changed its name to the Elgin National Watch Company in 1874, the premise of their production had been firmly established, and their goal had been realized. Elgin National Watches, which were produced until the late 1960s, held a reputation for their reliability and their refinement, a combination that still makes them desirable today.

 

Quick Facts

  • Elgin’s manufacturing headquarters in Elgin, Illinois, represented the largest watchmaking operation in the world for the 98 years it was in operation (1866-1964)
  • In honor of Chicago’s mayor, the first pocket watch they created in 1867 was named the “B.W. Raymond”
  • May 1869 marked the release of Elgin’s first watch for women. Fittingly called the “Lady Elgin,” it rapidly became a fashion statement

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ELGIN Antique 14K GOLD Pocket Watch #6040132
Dec 07, 10:00 AM EST
ELGIN Antique 14K GOLD Pocket Watch #6040132
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.
Est: $200- $1,000
$22515 Bids
Elgin Pocket Watch *NOT WORKING*
Dec 06, 5:00 PM EST
Elgin Pocket Watch *NOT WORKING*
by Richard L. Edwards Auctioneer
Est: $1- $5,000
$368 Bids
Vintage Elgin Open Face Pocket Watch
Dec 07, 6:00 PM EST
Vintage Elgin Open Face Pocket Watch
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $10- $10,000
$307 Bids
Vintage Elgin Pocket Watch
Dec 09, 6:00 PM EST
Vintage Elgin Pocket Watch
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $10- $1,000
$306 Bids
Antique Fine Elgin 14K Gold Pocket Watch
Dec 12, 7:00 PM EST
Antique Fine Elgin 14K Gold Pocket Watch
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $100- $10,000
$3255 Bids
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Elgin
Dec 06, 2:00 PM AEDT
Elgin
by Shapiro Auctioneers
Est: AUD200- AUD300
AUD2404 Bids
Vintage Lord Elgin 21 Jewels Pocket Watch
Dec 07, 6:00 PM EST
Vintage Lord Elgin 21 Jewels Pocket Watch
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $10- $10,000
$213 Bids
Vintage Elgin 14K Assay Open Face Pocket Watch
Dec 07, 6:00 PM EST
Vintage Elgin 14K Assay Open Face Pocket Watch
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $10- $10,000
$853 Bids
LOT OF 3: ELGIN NATIONAL WATCH CO. GOLD FILLED POCKET WATCHES.
Dec 19, 9:00 AM EST
LOT OF 3: ELGIN NATIONAL WATCH CO. GOLD FILLED POCKET WATCHES.
by Morphy Auctions
Est: $200- $300
$2002 Bids
Lot of Pocket Watches
Dec 06, 11:00 AM EST
Lot of Pocket Watches
by Bodnar's Auction Sales
Est: $50- $100
$202 Bids
Antique Elgin Ladies Pendant Pocket Watch
Dec 07, 6:00 PM EST
Antique Elgin Ladies Pendant Pocket Watch
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $10- $10,000
$62 Bids
ELGIN NATIONAL WATCH CO. STERLING SILVER H/C POCKET SILVER W/ PAPER LABEL & KEY.
Dec 19, 9:00 AM EST
ELGIN NATIONAL WATCH CO. STERLING SILVER H/C POCKET SILVER W/ PAPER LABEL & KEY.
by Morphy Auctions
Est: $200- $300
$1001 Bid
Vintage Elgin Pocket Watch With Chain Knife
Dec 09, 6:00 PM EST
Vintage Elgin Pocket Watch With Chain Knife
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $10- $1,000
$51 Bid
18K PINK GOLD ELGIN BOX HINGE HUNTING CASE POCKET WATCH W/ STAG.
Dec 19, 9:00 AM EST
18K PINK GOLD ELGIN BOX HINGE HUNTING CASE POCKET WATCH W/ STAG.
by Morphy Auctions
Est: $600- $900
$3001 Bid
LOT OF 2: ELGIN NATIONAL WATCH CO. GOLD FILLED H/C POCKET WATCHES W/CHAINS.
Dec 19, 9:00 AM EST
LOT OF 2: ELGIN NATIONAL WATCH CO. GOLD FILLED H/C POCKET WATCHES W/CHAINS.
by Morphy Auctions
Est: $300- $500
$1501 Bid
LOT OF 3: GOLD FILLED HUNTING CASE POCKET WATCHES.
Dec 19, 9:00 AM EST
LOT OF 3: GOLD FILLED HUNTING CASE POCKET WATCHES.
by Morphy Auctions
Est: $200- $300
$1001 Bid
A vintage Elgin coin silver hunter cased pocket watch
Dec 07, 9:00 AM PST
A vintage Elgin coin silver hunter cased pocket watch
by Maynards Fine Art & Antiques
Est: $100- $150
$701 Bid
Antique Elgin Pocket Watches
Dec 09, 8:00 AM EST
Antique Elgin Pocket Watches
by Keystone Auctions LLC
Est: $52- $150
$201 Bid
14K GOLD ELGIN OPEN FACE POCKET WATCH.
Dec 19, 9:00 AM EST
14K GOLD ELGIN OPEN FACE POCKET WATCH.
by Morphy Auctions
Est: $400- $600
$2001 Bid
Group of five hunting case pocket watches
Dec 06, 11:00 AM EST
Group of five hunting case pocket watches
by Rago Arts and Auction Center
Est: $400- $600
$1001 Bid
14K GOLD ELGIN HUNTER CASE POCKET WATCH.
Dec 07, 10:00 AM EST
14K GOLD ELGIN HUNTER CASE POCKET WATCH.
by William Smith Auctions
Est: $500- $700
$2501 Bid
Antique Pocket Watch Duo
Dec 09, 8:00 AM EST
Antique Pocket Watch Duo
by Keystone Auctions LLC
Est: $200- $400
$251 Bid
14K GOLD ELGIN HUNTING CASE POCKET WATCH.
Dec 19, 9:00 AM EST
14K GOLD ELGIN HUNTING CASE POCKET WATCH.
by Morphy Auctions
Est: $400- $600
$2001 Bid
LOT OF 2: ELGIN NATIONAL WATCH CO. POCKET WATCHES.
Dec 19, 9:00 AM EST
LOT OF 2: ELGIN NATIONAL WATCH CO. POCKET WATCHES.
by Morphy Auctions
Est: $300- $500
$1500 Bids

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