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1890s Elgin Nat’l Pocket Watch Co.

This vintage pocket watch is a B.W.R. model. The initials stand for Benjamin Wright Raymond aka B.R. Raymond. As the story goes, B.R. Raymond was the former mayor of Chicago in the 1840’s, but he was also a businessman. in 1964, he partnered with a group of entrepreneurs, including J.C. Adams from Waltham Watch Company and built Elgin National Watch Company in Elgin, Illinois (source). Four of the partners bought 35 acres of land and then donated it to the company where they built a facility which was completed in 1866 (source). The new watch company convinced 7 Waltham watchmakers to resign from Waltham to start working on Elgins. The first Elgin model was released in 1867 and was named after BWR. Elgin produced watches until 1968.


Elgin Pocket Watch
Mov’t Serial: 4100674
Case Serial: 8938070
Approx Year: 1890
Grade: 70
Jewels: 15-17
Type: Lever set
Case: Silveroid, Keystone Watch Case
Diameter: 57mm
Size: 18s
Total Weight: 159g/5.6oz
Dial: White with Roman numerals and blued steel hands
Condition: Running condition, sometimes doesn’t set smoothly, needs work, cracks in the dial, crystal is clean, case has scratches

Elgin Nat'l Pocket Watch Co. (USA circa 1890)

Elgin Nat'l Pocket Watch Co. (USA circa 1890)

Elgin Nat'l Pocket Watch Co. (USA circa 1890)

Elgin Nat'l Pocket Watch Co. (USA circa 1890)

Elgin Nat'l Pocket Watch Co. (USA circa 1890)

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