The Elgin National Watch Company was a major United States watch maker from 1864 to 1968. For nearly 100 years the company’s manufacturing complex in Elgin, Illinois, was the largest site dedicated to watchmaking in the world. The company produced many of the self-winding wristwatch movements made in the United States. All manufacturing was discontinued in 1968, and the rights to the name “Elgin” were sold and subsequently resold multiple times over the years.
The Hamilton Watch Company was also an American company which produced its first watch, in 1893. The company went on to manufacture and market pocket watches and wristwatches and subsequently become a diversified conglomerate. During the expansion of the railroads, Hamilton maintained over 56% of the market with their popular Hamilton Pocket Watch. Railroads purchased all of Hamilton’s production. As the market switched from pocket watches to wrist watches after World War I, the company manufactured wrist watches. In 1969, the Hamilton Watch Company completely ended American manufacturing operations with the closure of its factory in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, shifting manufacturing operations to their Buren factory in Switzerland.
Ball Watch Company was founded in 1891 in Cleveland, Ohio and is directly linked to the American railroad history. In order to make train rides safer for travelers and employees of the railroads they designated set up tests and standards for all watches used on the trains. Their criteria of accuracy and reliability were so strict that they later inspired others like the Swiss Official Testing Institute.
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