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Elgin National Watch Company silent film [message #7585] Mon, 26 December 2016 21:10 Go to next message
mikey
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Here's an interesting old 16mm silent movie likely produced by the Elgin National Watch Co back in 1931 showing how a watch was manufactured at their Elgin, Illinois factory. I dont imagine it was much different at the Gruen factory.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ys4ChOWYNy8


Time, even vintage time, goes too fast for my tastes.

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Re: Elgin National Watch Company silent film [message #7588 is a reply to message #7585] Wed, 28 December 2016 04:07 Go to previous messageGo to next message
JackW is currently offline  JackW
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Trim and I went to Elgin, Illinois a few years back. The factory if you are not aware was torn down and a shopping mall built on the site. There is the astronomical observatory which I think is the only large building surviving. Lots of stuff ended up in the Elgin History Museum. Worth a visit if you are ever in the area.

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Re: Elgin National Watch Company silent film [message #7606 is a reply to message #7588] Sat, 31 December 2016 20:29 Go to previous message
trim is currently offline  trim
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Yeah its a shame the Elgin factory is gone - at least the Waltham factory lives on.

That was a fun trip Jack.
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