Here we offer a Large – INGERSOLL Midget, WW1 Wristwatch, with a sz 6 Movement, which was made in the U.S.A and dates to 1917c. It was recently serviced by my Watchmaker, so is running well and keeping good time.
The White Enamel Dial, which measures 32mm in Diameter is in very good condition, but has some chips and repairs under the bezel. It is signed Ingersoll Midget and was developed from the Sz 6 pocket watch in 1912, primarily for military use.
The movement is in superb cosmetic and working condition and bears Serial Number 47074552, which dates to 1917c manufacture. It is signed Robt. H Ingersoll & Bro.
The Nickle case is in excellent condition throughout and measures 40mm in Diameter (45mm incl. crown) and 47mm to the narrow Wire Lugs, typical of early wristwatches. Inside the back case is has the Original Unsigned Warranty Disc, which must make this watch somewhat unique.
It is fitted to an Original WW1, 9mm Brown Leather Strap, designed to hold the watch in position and measures 215mm overall. (Ref: L637.2)
It is listed at €155 – open to your best offer!
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 and http://www.pocketwatchrepair.com/histories/ingersoll.html which also illustrates a table of Ingersoll production dates.
The S&H WORLDWIDE is €11.00 for Registered (and signed for) Priority Airmail.
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