Dating my elgin pocket watch
The Illinois Springfield Watch Company was organized in 1869 primarily through the efforts of J. Watches produced under the Burlington name include some very fine (including some railroad grade) watches, which are nearly identical to Illinois movements.
These original building are long gone yet of their 55 million jeweled timepieces produced, many still exist. The Elgin Doctors watch in 15 jewel, the Elgin Watch co. The three finger bridge model in 15, 17 and 21 jewel, the famous Elgin Father Time model in 17 jewel and 21 jewel.
If so, then you will enjoy reading about these fantastic pieces of American history.
In many cases people have been left these old antique watches by their parents or grand parents.
By serial number, the first watch made was the "Stuart" model, followed in order by the "Mason," Bunn," "Miller," and finally the "Currier. The early Illinois models were key-wound and key-set and are quite collectible today.
Though the first movements were produced in 1872, the company really didn't achieve full production until 1875.