The Illinois Watch Case Company was a major manufacture in the city of Elgin, Illinois. Click here for an explanation and example of how to use our serial number tables. Click here for instructions on how to identify and open most common case types.It manufactured watch cases under many brands, such as "Elgin Giant," "Elgin Pride," "Tivoli," "Spartan," and "Elgin Commander." The use of the name "Elgin" in their brand names, or marking the cases with "Elgin USA" often leads people to believe that a watch was made by the Elgin National Watch Company when it was actually made by another manufacturer, or to think that a watch no longer has its original case because it is "now in an Elgin case." Be sure to use the serial number on the movement (the works) of the watch. At Renaissance Watch Repair, we are experts in the repair and restoration of Illinois watches.
Then you will be able to make a much better informed decision as you can determine the year it was made.
On most Elgin pocket watches there are two serial numbers: For valuation purposes the only one we should ever look at is the serial number on the actual pocket watch movement itself.
The Illinois Watch Company was purchased by Hamilton Watch Company in 1927, but continued to produce Illinois watches under Hamilton management until 1932 (the year the last "true" Illinois watch was made).
By 1885 the company name was changed yet again to the Illinois Watch Company.
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