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ELGIN new discovery April 9, 2010

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Here readers should read about Elgin’s history: 

Elgin was founded in 1864, right as the civil war was coming to an end. The first watch Elgin made, an 18 sized B W Raymond railroad grade watch, was finished in 1867 and over the next 100 years, they went on to produce about 60 million watches. Elgin produced their first wristwatch around 1910, leading most other American watch companies by many years.

Today, collecting Elgin watches is quite popular. Because Elgin produced so many watches and produced so many spare parts, they can still be easily bought and fixed, so even a 100 year old Elgin can be used, with care, on a daily basis. While mechanical watches can’t compete with quartz watches for accuracy, there is something about having a watch that ticks that a quartz watch just can’t replace.

On June 1, 1965 after the company celebrated its 100 anniversary, it was announced that the main facility in Elgin, Illinois had been sold for an undisclosed amount. Eventually the South Carolina facility was closed. 

The new discovery – An Elgin GMT duo-time “explorer” wristwatch with Quartz movement.  This piece was sold in Japan.  (see picture below)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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