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Found! First Elgin Watch Ever Created

From American Horologist magazine, December 1938

Found! First Elgin Watch Ever Created
Missing Timepiece To Be on Display in Elgin Exhibit Building at New York World's Fair

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.

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


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