Rare Series Limited Elgin Lord " Phillips 66 " Fine 60 Automatic Cal. The description of this item has been automatically translated.
HISTORY OF THE LARGEST WATCH MANUFACTURE OF THE EARLY 20TH CENTURY. Elgin is an American brand founded in 1864 in Illinois under the name "National Watch Company". Far ahead of the Swiss, they stood out in the industrial manufacture of precision watches. Right from the start, Elgin watches were popular gifts for students who passed their exams.
Some of the founding partners came from Waltham Watch Company, namely PS Bartlett, DG Currier, Otis Hoyt, Charles H. Mason and other pioneers of watch industrialization initiated by Aaron Lufkin Dennison. Creating a major watch factory in the Mid-West had been considered and discussed with JC Adams, Bartlett and Blake.
Raymond, a former mayor of the city, to raise the necessary capital. Adams and Raymond succeeded in convincing other investors to provide financial support.
The National Watch Co (Elgin) was thus founded in August 1864. The factory was located in Elgin, Illinois, where the city donated a site covering 35 acres (142,000 m²).The factory was completed in 1866 and the first movement produced, an American size 18, "full plate design", was marked "BW Raymond". Quickly, Elgin's strategy paid off. The first movement produced, an American size 18 "full plate design", is marked with the name of the mayor of Chicago ("BW Raymond"). These are soon called "Railroad watches", in that they are representative of the American bourgeois class which now travels by train from East to West. The most expensive models include gold parts, but this concerns a minority of production (at most 10%). The primary objective remains mass trade. In 1910, Elgin produced the first wrist watches, which met with instant success.
From New York to Chicago, we show off in the new dandy-style jazz clubs by showing off our novelty on our arms. The watch becomes an object of valuation in the eyes of good society. Elgin develops innovative and easily recognizable designs that ensure its reputation.In 1932, the firm had already produced 32 million watches. New factories are opening soon in Aurora (Illinois) and Lincoln (Nebraska).
But the coming war causes the company an evil from which it will not recover. For several years, Elgin supported the military effort and produced altimeters, chronometers and measuring devices for the American army.
It also designs a watch model for soldiers, the iconic A-11. A commendable effort, but one that ironically killed society: Swiss watchmakers, detached from the conflict by their neutrality, took advantage of the opportunity to impose themselves on the American civilian watch market. Overwhelmed by modernization, Elgin failed to regain the upper hand after the war. The factory closed its doors in 1964, just over a century after it opened.The site was dismantled in 1966, and the last productions marketed in 1968. It is estimated that Elgin manufactured around 60 million watches in total. Produces nearly half of all pocket watches manufactured in the United States.
Collecting Elgin has now become quite a popular hobby among enthusiasts. Given the company's massive production and the resistance of the watches, models can still be found quite easily in good condition and at low prices. Phillips 66 is an American company created in 1917 (indirectly, under the name of Phillips Petroleum Company) located in Houston, state of Texas, specialized in the production of natural gas and petrochemicals. The company has approximately 13,500 employees worldwide and operates in more than 45 countries.
According to the Fortune Global 500 (2013), Phillips 66 is in 2013, the 19. Global company in terms of turnover.Lord Elgin refers to all the Earls of Elgin, it is a title of the Peerage of Scotland created in 1633 for Thomas Bruce. Dating from the end of the 1960s, it is one of the last productions of the factory, in new condition, to believe that it has never been worn. N solid stainless steel, barrel-shaped, brushed. On the top and shiny polished on the sides and the bezel. Screwed back, signed ELGIN inside. Observe the winding crown integrated into the case, you don't notice it and it won't get in the way when the wrist bends. Large model for the time. , length of the case at the end of the handles 40 mm and glass thickness included 13 mm, model for men. Glass : Mineral (glass), original, slightly domed, shielded, like new.
Efficient and quickly readable, light grey, brushed. With its embossed applied indexes, hands. Movement : The company hoped to bail out with an electromechanical caliber in 1946 and secured the collaboration of the French company LIP.Caliber 725 and its successor 910 were an inexhaustible source of technical problems despite huge investments. And to top it off, Elgin replaced the 725 movements with automatic movements, imported from Switzerland! This bad experience in a difficult period forced the brand to import quality Swiss movements hoping. Go back up the slope. But plunged Elgin towards final closure. The movement that powers this model offered today is one of those imports from the late 1960s. To return technically to this Elgin 965 caliber which is on a Swiss base of AS 1748 (exceptional movement of exemplary reliability), created in the mid-60s, it is protected by 25 jewels, mechanical automatic winding, performing 18,000 alternations by hours, a power reserve of 40 hours, hours, minutes, central second hand. In perfect working order, checked and overhauled by me.
Wrist circumference with the watch: 20.5 cm with the possibility of removing links and adjusting it precisely thanks to the 8 holes in the folding clasp (about 2 cm). In stainless steel, perfectly waterproof, resistant, equipped with a folding clasp, in new condition like the whole watch.Comments : It is in impeccable condition for a timepiece from the 1960s and is one of the last productions of this legendary American manufacture, a sublime dial on which is inscribed the company for which Elgin manufactured it... I offer you the possibility to pay by.
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