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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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Gold Pocket Watch
May 25, 9:00 AM EDT
Gold Pocket Watch
by Dovetail Auctions, LLC
Est: $5- $500
$50020 Bids
Four (4) Elgin Pockets Watches
Jun 05, 10:00 AM EDT
Four (4) Elgin Pockets Watches
by Caza Sikes
Est: $200- $400
$3004 Bids
Elgin 1907 17J Pocket Watch
Jun 10, 5:00 PM EDT
Elgin 1907 17J Pocket Watch
by Atlee Raber Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$153 Bids
Elgin 1911 Pocket Watch
Jun 10, 5:00 PM EDT
Elgin 1911 Pocket Watch
by Atlee Raber Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$152 Bids
Elgin 1890 7J Pocket Watch
Jun 10, 5:00 PM EDT
Elgin 1890 7J Pocket Watch
by Atlee Raber Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$152 Bids
14K Elgin Art Deco Octagonal Pocket Watch
May 26, 3:00 PM PDT
14K Elgin Art Deco Octagonal Pocket Watch
by Clark's Auction Company
Est: $350- $500
$1801 Bid
1895 14K ELGIN 6S, 15 J POCKET WATCH
Jun 15, 10:00 AM EDT
1895 14K ELGIN 6S, 15 J POCKET WATCH
by Milestone Auctions
Est: $200- $400
$1001 Bid
AN ANTIQUE ELGIN GOLD PALTED POCKET WATCH. Working.
May 27, 10:00 AM AEST
AN ANTIQUE ELGIN GOLD PALTED POCKET WATCH. Working.
by Raffan Kelaher & Thomas
Est: AUD80- AUD160
AUD801 Bid
Elgin 14K Hunter Pocket Watch w/ Star & Diamond
May 29, 10:00 AM CDT
Elgin 14K Hunter Pocket Watch w/ Star & Diamond
by Revere Auctions
Est: $400- $800
$2001 Bid
Elgin 14K Hunter Pocket Watch
May 29, 10:00 AM CDT
Elgin 14K Hunter Pocket Watch
by Revere Auctions
Est: $400- $800
$2001 Bid
A Various lot of three Antique Pocketwatches - One Silver by Invicta, One Helva and One Elgin gold
Jun 13, 10:00 AM CEST
A Various lot of three Antique Pocketwatches - One Silver by Invicta, One Helva and One Elgin gold
by Ostantix Auctions
Est: €120- €150
€1000 Bids
Antique Elgin Gold Plated Pocket Watch
Jun 05, 10:00 AM EDT
Antique Elgin Gold Plated Pocket Watch
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.
Est: $50- $100
$10 Bids
Elgin 14K Yellow Gold Hunter Case Pocket Watch
Jun 09, 12:00 PM EDT
Elgin 14K Yellow Gold Hunter Case Pocket Watch
by Auctions at Showplace
Est: $600- $800
$3250 Bids
Movado Ladies' Wristwatch & Elgin Pocketwatch.
May 25, 11:00 AM CDT
Movado Ladies' Wristwatch & Elgin Pocketwatch.
by Direct Auction Galleries, Inc.
Est: $80- $120
$500 Bids
American Elgin 14K 25 Year Superior Gold Pocket Watch
Jun 06, 12:00 PM EDT
American Elgin 14K 25 Year Superior Gold Pocket Watch
by Akiba Galleries
Est: $50- $500
$250 Bids
14K Antique Elgin Pocket Watch (1889)
May 31, 1:00 PM EDT
14K Antique Elgin Pocket Watch (1889)
by Block Auction House
Est: $10- $10,000
$50 Bids
Vintage Elgin Ntl. Watch Co. Railroad Pocket Watch
May 31, 9:00 AM EDT
Vintage Elgin Ntl. Watch Co. Railroad Pocket Watch
by Keystone Auctions LLC
Est: $25- $125
$250 Bids
Elgin 15 Jewel Open Face Pocket Watch
Jun 01, 10:00 AM EDT
Elgin 15 Jewel Open Face Pocket Watch
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $100- $10,000
$500 Bids
Vintage Elgin Pocket watch
May 25, 10:00 AM EDT
Vintage Elgin Pocket watch
by TEG Auction Gallery
Est: $50- $130
$200 Bids
Antique Elgin Sterling and Vintage Pocket Watches
May 31, 9:00 AM EDT
Antique Elgin Sterling and Vintage Pocket Watches
by Keystone Auctions LLC
Est: $100- $400
$500 Bids
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Elgin Hunter Pocket 16s Size Watch , 1887
Jun 15, 10:00 AM AEST
Elgin Hunter Pocket 16s Size Watch , 1887
by Roxbury's Auction House
Est: AUD1,620- AUD1,800
AUD1,5000 Bids
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Elgin B. W. Raymond Men's Watch in 14KT Yellow Gold
May 26, 2:00 PM EDT
Elgin B. W. Raymond Men's Watch in 14KT Yellow Gold
by Activity Auctions
Est: $6,000- $12,000
$3,0000 Bids
Antique Coin Silver Pocket Watches
Jun 01, 9:00 AM EDT
Antique Coin Silver Pocket Watches
by Searchlight / Saucon Valley Auctions
Est: $100- $200
$500 Bids

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Searchlight / Saucon Valley Auctions

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Revere Auctions

Atlee Raber Auctioneer

Atlee Raber Auctioneer

Keystone Auctions LLC

Keystone Auctions LLC