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Raymond, purchased an abandoned farm 30 miles north of Chicago and built a watch factory there.After a year of designing and building the lathes and machines to achieve seemingly impossible levels of precision, a team of watchmakers and mechanical engineers produced their first pocket watch movement, named for mayor “B. Raymond.” The watch was exquisite: Elgin National Watch Company was born.Robbins, Vanguard, Bond Street, Sterling, Premier, Royal, and Maximus.It is still possible to purchase modern quartz watches that bear the Waltham name, but these watches are unrelated to the "genuine" American Waltham Watch Company.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.Over the course of a century, the dream factory just north of Chicago had produced half of all jeweled pocket and wristwatches manufactured in the United States.

This is not a conventional blog, I am using it as a platform to express my interest in the wonderful story and legacies wrapped around the companies who got involved with Hampden watches.Later, their accurate “wristlet” watches proved to be vital to the WWI war effort, helping to fuel a craze back in the states for something called “The Wrist Watch.” By the opulent Jazz Age, if you weren’t displaying the exuberant symmetry of an Elgin wrist watch or carrying a svelte, distinctive Elgin pocket watch, then who were you?Elgin had helped define the American pocket watch as unsurpassed in “Railroad Accuracy.” By 1930, the post Civil War dream factory imagined by a handful of American entrepreneurs had produced 32 million “time machines.” During World War II, all civilian manufacturing was halted and the company moved into the defense industry, manufacturing military watches, chronometers, fuses for artillery shells, altimeters and other aircraft instruments and sapphire bearings used for aiming cannons.The grade name basically designates the model and/or level of finish of the watch.Some of the more popular Waltham named grades were: P. Bartlett, Appleton Tracy & Co., William Ellery, Crescent Street, Colonial, Riverside, Central Park, Broadway, Royal E.Several of the original Waltham factory buildings are still standing, and were added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1989.

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