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Do you have an old Elgin National Watch Company watch you are curious about? The Elgin History Museum’s volunteers can help. We specialize in Elgin timepieces made between 1867 and the mid-1960s. Whether your watch is a family heirloom, or a collectible object, we can provide information that will enrich your enjoyment of it. You can pay for your watch research in two ways, either through the mail or through our online store.
Download our watch research brochure.
What our research can provide:
What we need from you:
Keep In Mind
1. We do NOT provide appraisals of the watch’s value. However, we can provide you with information that will help you understand the historical context of your watch and which may be helpful to an appraiser.
2. We do NOT repair or purchase watches.
3. The original Elgin National Watch Company went out of business in 1967. When the company failed, its assets were merged into a new firm known as Elgin National Industries. The new company was in the engineering and construction business and all watch making operations were ended. However, rights to the Elgin name are licensed to importers who used it to label foreign-made watches. The M.Z. Berger Company currently uses the Elgin name in this manner. Neither M. Z. Berger, nor Elgin National Industries, has parts or information on watches manufactured by the original Elgin National Watch Company.
4. Our services cover mechanical Elgin watches made through the mid-1960s. In short, if it has a battery, we cannot help you with it.
To request research through the mail please send the materials requested above along with a check or money order for $15.00, payable to Elgin Area Historical Society, (covers research time and return postage) to the museum’s address . Be sure to provide your return address and contact information so we can send information we discover or ask questions about the watch if necessary.