Timely Deals at Clock Auction
Editor’s Note: Mark Peer, WorthPoint’s Worthologist specializing in antique clocks, reports on the recent Fontaine’s auction that featured many spectacular antiques.
THE ELGIN NATIONAL WATCH CO.
Elgin National Watch Company 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 course of the next 100 years, it went on to produce about 60 million watches. Elgin produced its first wristwatch around 1910, leading most other American watch companies by many years.
THE WATCH THAT MADE THE DOLLAR FAMOUS
The Ingersoll Watch Company is famous for two things. In its early incarnation, it produced the ubiquitous “dollar watch,” and several decades later made the equally ubiquitous Mickey Mouse watch, which actually saved the then-financially shaky company.