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Learn about mechanical timepieces and how they work, the history of the American watch industry and especially all about the Elgin National Watch Company! Check back for new content daily.

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Employees Given Vacations

From Horology magazine, August 1939...

"The Watch Motor Mainspring Company of New York this year inaugurates a new policy of giving vacations with full pay to all its factory personnel."

The First Elgin Watch

From Horology magazine, December 1938...

"After a search lasting several years, the Elgin National Watch Company has finally laid its hands on the first Elgin timepiece ever manufactured. The 73-year-old watch was originally presented to B. W. Raymond, first Elgin president and twice mayor of the City of Chicago. Like Elgin's finest railroad watch today, it is called the "B. W. Raymond model."

"Elgin Number One has 15 jewels, with key wind and key set. The movement is gilt and retailed for $117 without case.

"The famous American timepiece, which is still in good running order, will be on display in the Elgin exhibit the building at New York World's Fair, along with many of the newest models among its 38,000,000 descendants."

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