Here we offer a Cushion shaped INGERSOLL LEADER Vintage Wristwatch, which is signed Swiss Made and dates probably to the 1930’s. It was serviced by my Watchmaker, so is running well and keeping good time.
The Dial, which measures 27mm in Diameter is in good condition, but has some discolouration in the centre cream dial, signed Ingersoll Leader. The Radium on the Arabic Numerals set in a Black outer Chapter ring has faded.
The pin-pallet movement is in superb cosmetic and working condition and is signed Ingersoll, Swiss Made.
The coated metal case is in good condition and measures 33mm in Diameter (35mm incl. crown) and 36mm to the 20mm wide solid wire lugs. Some brass colour is showing through on the back where the coating is missing.
It is fitted with a 16mm Brown Leather Strap and measures 220mm overall. (Ref: L637.7)
It is listed at €75.
Ingersoll: The Watch that Made the Dollar Famous
In about 1880, Robert Hawley Ingersoll and his brother Charles Henry, operating in New York as a mail-order business, recognized the need for an inexpensive watch that nearly anyone could afford, to be sold for around one dollar. Both the New Haven Clock Company and the Waterbury Clock company had already produced inexpensive “clock-watches” that met the need that Ingersoll anticipated, but they had not achieved mass-market success or wide distribution. In 1892, Ingersoll placed an initial order for 10,000 watches from the Waterbury Clock Company, at a cost of 85-cents apiece, to be offered in their 1892 Ingersoll mail-order catalog at a price of $1. This watch was also offered at the 1893 Chicago Columbian Exposition and World’s Fair for $1.50, where it is estimated they sold 85,000 watches!
The Ingersoll Midget was a smaller, thinner style, introduced in 1912. This watch was small enough to have lugs soldered onto the case at the top and bottom (with the winding stem at the 3 o’clock position) so that a strap could be added and the watch sold as a wristwatch.
For more information about Ingersoll see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ingersoll_Watch_Company
The S&H WORLDWIDE is €11.00 for Registered (and signed for) Priority Airmail.
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