They also produced the only American-made automatic wristwatch movements: grades 607, 618, 760, and 761.These movements featured bi-directional, full-rotor winding, and had two automatic winding gear ratios, which were automatically engaged as the mainspring tension increased.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.Raymond, purchased an abandoned farm 30 miles north of Chicago and built a watch factory there.
This is probably the most common question watch collectors have.This will give a good idea of the manufacture date.The Elgin Watch Company (also known as the Elgin National Watch Company) was the largest American watch manufacturer in terms of total production volume. This identical watch, serial number 101, was sold at auction in New York in 1988 for ,000.During that time I have put in thousands of hours learning everything I possibly could about the subject. Assuming you are probably searching for the same things I was searching for, I decided to start this site, and compile that information in one place to share my knowledge with others. I primarily collect mint vintage (gold) wristwatches.Early on I realized that finding information, reference material and supplies was difficult and time consuming. I am also into repair, which is something that is pretty easy to learn, but takes years to get really good at. So much expertise and knowledge is being lost every year as older members of the profession are preparing for retirement.