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Elgin Advertising, 1921

The Elgin of Today
"Time goes, you say?  Ah no.  Alas, Time stays: we go!"

Charles Henry Hulburd, Elgin's third President, who has headed this great organization for nearly  a quarter century

Never in world's history has the value of Time been so widely recognized as today.

"A man is known by the Elgin he carries" - business and social leaders are known by the value they put on their Time.  The more precious a commodity, the finer the safeguards for its measurement and control.

In the great Elgin factory of today, the original Elgin working principle is steadfastly maintained - "all parts interchangeable."  The standardized parts of the modern Elgin are instantly available at the repair bench of the nearest Jeweler.

Thus guesswork has been replaced by precision - the Sun Dial of ancient Babylon by those timekeeping marvels of today -

Elgin Watches

The $250 Corsican * Material, construction, adjustment and service fully covered by Elgin Guarantee *

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