Noon at Watch
By April of 1867, The National
Watch Factory (which it was originally called) released its first watch, which
they named the "B. W. Raymond" model. Acceptance to the new product
was immediate. Eighteen thousand movements were turned out in 1867, and twenty
six thousand were released in 1868.
from the start, people referred to them as "Elgin Watches". So
much confusion would be caused that the
company eventually changed its name. Throughout the next 100 years, The Elgin
National Watch Company would employ as many as two thousand people and would manufacture over
55 million watches.