Dating american waltham watches

21 Feb

Tom Mc Intyre talks about antique pocket watches, discussing key manufacturers, the mechanics behind the watches, the varying types, and the collecting hobby in general.Based in Massachusetts, Tom can be reached via his website, American Watch Company Web, which is a member of our Hall of Fame.Write this number down and compare it to the charts on this website.This will give a good idea of the manufacture date.Elgin National Watch Company In the spring of 1864 half a dozen ambitious Chicago businessmen decided that if Massachusetts could build a factory that built watches – Illinois could, too.Harper’s magazine summed their sentiment perfectly: “It was the genuine, audacious, self-reliant Western spirit.” By August of that year this consortium, including then-Chicago mayor Benjamin W.You can’t own the name America if the United States owns the name America.The company that everybody calls Elgin was originally the National Watch Company. It’s almost like the American League and the National League in baseball. At that time there was nobody manufacturing pocket watches like we manufacture automobiles and appliances and various other things today. An individual would sit down and work on pieces of metal until they had built all the pieces for a watch.

Sidestepping any debate over which one was most beautiful, it is suffice to say that Waltham's Model 92 would be included with the finalists in any competition for such an honor.By 1910, word of Elgin’s obsession with precision had spread around the world.Elgin engineers built their own Observatory to maintain scientifically precise times in their watches.While their altruism was vital to the war effort, Elgin’s patriotism ironically opened an opportunity for the Swiss.By 1964, after a Mid-Century decade that saw the rise of the elite “Lord and Lady Elgin” series, the original Elgin factory closed.