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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

Learn more about Elgin Pocket Watches on the Invaluable blog.

Recommended Items at Auction

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Elgin Father Time 21J RR grade pocket watch
Oct 23, 8:30 AM EDT
Elgin Father Time 21J RR grade pocket watch
by Chupp Auctions & Real Estate, LLC
Est: $25- $200
$1006 Bids
Vintage 14K Gold Elgin Pocket Watch
Nov 07, 10:00 AM EDT
Vintage 14K Gold Elgin Pocket Watch
by Paul Arsenault Auctioneers
Est: $0- $0
$1756 Bids
EARLY LITHO SIGN ELGIN WATCHES FATHER TIME
Dec 03, 9:00 AM CST
EARLY LITHO SIGN ELGIN WATCHES FATHER TIME
by Millers Auction Co.
Est: $0- $0
$2005 Bids
14K Gold Elgin Antique Moon Bird Star Pocket Watch
Oct 27, 12:00 PM EDT
14K Gold Elgin Antique Moon Bird Star Pocket Watch
by Hill Auction Gallery
Est: $100- $1,000
$1505 Bids
OUTSTANDING 1911 ELGIN 14 KT Y.G. POCKET WATCH
Oct 21, 1:00 PM EDT
OUTSTANDING 1911 ELGIN 14 KT Y.G. POCKET WATCH
by Elite Auctioneers, LLC
Est: $100- $1,000
$1754 Bids
Elgin pocket watch
Oct 28, 9:00 AM EDT
Elgin pocket watch
by Pook & Pook, Inc.
Est: $40- $60
$503 Bids
Elgin and Waltham Antique Pocket Watches
Oct 22, 9:00 AM EDT
Elgin and Waltham Antique Pocket Watches
by Keystone Auctions LLC
Est: $100- $200
$602 Bids
Antique Elgin 15 Jewel Pocket Watch Hunter Case
Oct 26, 6:00 PM EDT
Antique Elgin 15 Jewel Pocket Watch Hunter Case
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $10- $1,000
$212 Bids
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14K ELGIN HUNTER CASE POCKET WATCH
Oct 21, 5:00 PM EDT
14K ELGIN HUNTER CASE POCKET WATCH
by Leighton Galleries
Est: $500- $600
$2501 Bid
VINTAGE ELGIN POCKET WATCH
Oct 24, 3:00 PM PDT
VINTAGE ELGIN POCKET WATCH
by Midnight Sun Antique Auction
Est: $200- $300
$1001 Bid
Elgin National Watch Co pocket watch
Oct 30, 9:00 AM CDT
Elgin National Watch Co pocket watch
by Matthew Bullock Auctioneers
Est: $100- $200
$501 Bid
Vintage Silveroid Case Elgin Pocket Watch
Nov 07, 10:00 AM EDT
Vintage Silveroid Case Elgin Pocket Watch
by Paul Arsenault Auctioneers
Est: $0- $0
$51 Bid
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Vintage Elgin Pocket Watch [140352]
Oct 29, 8:00 AM PDT
Vintage Elgin Pocket Watch [140352]
by Holabird Western Americana
Est: $500- $1,000
$2501 Bid
Elgin Cadillac Logo 14K GF Pocket Watch (Working!)
Oct 27, 12:00 PM EDT
Elgin Cadillac Logo 14K GF Pocket Watch (Working!)
by Hill Auction Gallery
Est: $100- $1,000
$500 Bids
Antique Elgin coin silver pocket watch
Nov 01, 11:30 PM EDT
Antique Elgin coin silver pocket watch
by Baker's Antiques and Auctions
Est: $450- $500
$2750 Bids
6 Likörgläser mit Silberfuß. Elgin Silversmith Co., New York.
Oct 29, 9:00 AM CEST
6 Likörgläser mit Silberfuß. Elgin Silversmith Co., New York.
by Auktionshaus Wendl
Est: €0- €0
€1800 Bids
14K GOLD ELGIN OCTAGONAL 12S POCKET WATCH SPARROW
Oct 27, 12:00 PM EDT
14K GOLD ELGIN OCTAGONAL 12S POCKET WATCH SPARROW
by Kotler Galleries & Auctioneers
Est: $1,019- $1,320
$8000 Bids
A 10CT ROLLED GOLD MASONIC POCKET WATCH BY ELGIN NATIONAL WATCH CO. USA
Oct 21, 10:00 AM BST
A 10CT ROLLED GOLD MASONIC POCKET WATCH BY ELGIN NATIONAL WATCH CO. USA
by Hutchinson Scott Limited
Est: £80- £120
£400 Bids
Elgin National Watch Co
Oct 23, 2:00 PM CEST
Elgin National Watch Co
by Portafoglio Storico
Est: €20- €40
€200 Bids
TRIPLE SIGNED LUCIEN PICCARD 14K GOLD SWISS DATE WATCH
Oct 27, 12:00 PM EDT
TRIPLE SIGNED LUCIEN PICCARD 14K GOLD SWISS DATE WATCH
by Kotler Galleries & Auctioneers
Est: $956- $1,245
$7500 Bids
1876 ELGIN POCKET WATCH KEY WIND WITH 11 JEWELS
Oct 30, 3:00 PM EDT
1876 ELGIN POCKET WATCH KEY WIND WITH 11 JEWELS
by RB Fine Arts
Est: $150- $250
$800 Bids
Elgin antique pocket watch gold filled case
Oct 22, 11:30 PM EDT
Elgin antique pocket watch gold filled case
by Baker's Antiques and Auctions
Est: $350- $400
$2250 Bids
Antique Elgin pocket watch
Oct 22, 11:30 PM EDT
Antique Elgin pocket watch
by Baker's Antiques and Auctions
Est: $500- $600
$4000 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Elgin Pocket Watches


Galerie + Auktionshaus Peter Klöter

Galerie + Auktionshaus Peter Klöter

Mebane Antique Auction

Mebane Antique Auction

Pook & Pook, Inc.

Pook & Pook, Inc.