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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.

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Like New Elgin Rose Green White Yellow 14k Gold Huge 18s Box Hinge Hunter Pocket Watch
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Elgin 7 Jewel Indian Open Face Pocket Watch
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Elgin Pocket Watch
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Est: $0- $0
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BELGIN POCKET WATCH & SHEAFFER PEN SET
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Antique Elgin Size 18 Open Face Pocket Watch
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Antique Elgin Key Wind Open Face Pocket Watch
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Antique Elgin Key Wind Open Face Pocket Watch
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1917 Elgin 15 Jewel Gold Filled Case Pocket Watch
Mar 02, 10:00 AM MST
1917 Elgin 15 Jewel Gold Filled Case Pocket Watch
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Est: $0- $0
$557 Bids
Elgin 17 Jewel 574 Open Face Pocket Watch
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Elgin 17 Jewel 574 Open Face Pocket Watch
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Est: $10- $10,000
$266 Bids
Antique Elgin Key Wind Open Face Pocket Watch
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Antique Elgin Key Wind Open Face Pocket Watch
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Est: $10- $10,000
$256 Bids
Elgin B.W. Raymond 21 Jewels Open Face Pocket Watch
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Elgin B.W. Raymond 21 Jewels Open Face Pocket Watch
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Est: $10- $10,000
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Elgin 17 Jewel 616 Open Face Pocket Watch
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Elgin 17 Jewel 616 Open Face Pocket Watch
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $10- $10,000
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Antique Elgin Size 18 Open Face Pocket Watch
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Antique Elgin Size 18 Open Face Pocket Watch
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $10- $10,000
$135 Bids
Antique Elgin Size 18 Open Face Pocket Watch
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Antique Elgin Size 18 Open Face Pocket Watch
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Est: $10- $10,000
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Elgin National Pocket Watch (B.W. Raymond) on Chain with Fob
Feb 29, 9:00 AM EST
Elgin National Pocket Watch (B.W. Raymond) on Chain with Fob
by Apple Tree Auction Center
Est: $0- $0
$455 Bids
Small Elgin Pocket Watch with 14kt Gold Case
Feb 29, 9:00 AM EST
Small Elgin Pocket Watch with 14kt Gold Case
by Apple Tree Auction Center
Est: $0- $0
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Antique Elgin 17 Jewel Open Face Pocket Watch
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Antique Elgin 17 Jewel Open Face Pocket Watch
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Antique Elgin Size 18 Open Face Pocket Watch
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An Elgin Gold Plate Pocket Watch
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Elgin 17 Jewel Ford Open Face Pocket Watch
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Elgin 17 Jewel Ford Open Face Pocket Watch
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Est: $10- $10,000
$1304 Bids
Elgin Veritas 185 23J pocket watch
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Elgin Veritas 185 23J pocket watch
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Est: $100- $500
$1503 Bids
CHEVROLET ELGIN 17 JEWEL POCKET WATCH CHEVY GM GENERAL MOTORS
Mar 19, 6:00 PM CDT
CHEVROLET ELGIN 17 JEWEL POCKET WATCH CHEVY GM GENERAL MOTORS
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Est: $0- $0
$603 Bids
Elgin 17 Jewel Open Face Pocket Watch
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Elgin 17 Jewel Open Face Pocket Watch
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Est: $10- $10,000
$133 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Elgin Pocket Watches


Mebane Antique Auction

Mebane Antique Auction

Galerie + Auktionshaus Peter Klöter

Galerie + Auktionshaus Peter Klöter

Apple Tree Auction Center

Apple Tree Auction Center

Millers Auction Co.

Millers Auction Co.