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.