Jul 202014

Elgin Railroad Watches (1914) Vintage Ad

Elgin National Watch Co. / Elgin Railroad Watches
advertisement from weekly employee journal, 1914.


Oats and an Elgin

HERE’S the story, as it comes from Illinois, vouched for by the superintendent of the grain elevator where the thing happened:

“Here’s to the Elgin Watch! While clipping oats a few days since, our man in charge of oat clipper found one of your  watches in the oats. That watch in the oats had been unloaded from the cars with powershovels — down through iron grates to hopper — onto conveyor belt — to elevator — up 110 feet — discharged into garner over scales — dropped into scale hopper — then out to another conveyor belt — unloaded by tripper into storage bin — drawn out on third conveyor belt — into elevator — up 110 feet — down through garner and scales again — to clipper bin — out over clipper riddle to trash box, where we found it.

“The case was only slightly sprung, and the crystal broken. We wound the watch and it started right off, and seems to run as well as any watch”

This watch was not an expensive Elgin!  The incident goes to prove the fact that all Elgin Watches, both for men and women, are built to withstand all the strenuous moments in busy folks’ lives.

ELGIN Railroad  Watches

B W. RAYMOND Model — 19-21-23 jewels — with or without Winding Indicator. Built especially for the wear and tear and the bumps and jars of a railroad man’s life.

See your local jeweler — your Elgineer, master of  watchcraft. And write us for booklet.


Jul 012014

Ball Watch (1916) Vintage Ad

An illustrated Web C. Ball Watch Co. advertisement (1916)


Is the Limited on Time Today?

As she steams into the station, put this question to fifty persons waiting there. To a railroad man, the answers are amusing because the ordinary watch, usually purchased on price, is no guide to true and accurate time. It never receives systematic inspection and only casual regulation brought on by necessity.

Now ask the man in the cab or the conductor who carries the

Twentieth Century Model

He will tell you time to the second. His Ball watch is the standard by which traffic on his line moves — second by second — month by month — year by year. His watch ticks in unison with hundreds of watches owned by the other boys who are also “generals of transportation.”

Only certain watches — built by test — will “toe the mark” for each watch must answer severe requirements. The Ball Twentieth Century model, is created a bit better than requirements demand. This is just one of the good reasons why the new watch buyer will ask to see the Ball.

If your dealer cannot show you the Ball Watch, send his name and address, and we will arrange for you to see one.