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ELGIN  POCKET  WATCH



GOLDEN  P O C K E T  WATCH,   ELGIN NAT'L WATCH CO. / USA    (1900)
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( KEYSTONE WATCH CASE = SN = 8220303 )    15 Jewels   SN = 15290031

This was the CHRONOMETER  of my father.  He bought it as a student.
It has to be wound up each morning and it runs precisely today too!

HISTORICAL REMARKS:     ( adapted from   http://elginwatches.org/ )
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Elgin was founded in 1864 - Over the next 100 years,  they produced
about 60 million watches. Their first wrist watch was made  ~ 1910.
Elgin was originally called the  "National Watch Company".  In 1874
they changed their name to "Elgin National Watch Company". 

Elgin was founded on the idea of mass producing high quality pocket
watches using machine made, interchangeable parts.  Up until around
1850, watches were made mostly by hand,  which meant that if a part
broke,  you had to find someone  with the tools and skill to make a
new part.  Elgin  realized  that there was a  large market for good
watches  that could be sold and repaired  relatively cheaply  using
factory made replacement parts that didn't require hand adjusting.

In the late 1960, when they stopped producing watches, they changed
their name to "Elgin National Industries".
 
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