Monday, September 28, 2009


The Ingersoll Watch Company grew out of a mail order business (R H Ingersoll & Bro) started in New York City in 1882 by 21 year old Robert Hawley Ingersoll and his brother Charles Henry. The company initially sold low-cost items such as rubber stamps. The first watches were introduced into the catalogue in 1892, supplied by the Waterbury Clock Company.....

Type Family business

Founded 1882
Headquarters New York City
Industry Watch manufacturing
Owner(s) Robert Hawley and Charles Henry Ingersoll

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Robert und Charles Ingersoll were the founders of the oldest american watch manufacture. During their neverending creativity they set many milestones while developing pocket and wrist watches.

In 1892 they succeeded in producing watches in big quantities and with high quality. With the help of Henry Ford they developed an automated production system for pocket watches and later on for wrist watches. From now on there was the traditional watch manufacture Ingersoll besides the automated production of watches.

At a high quality level and ata moderate price of later on 1 Dollar (corresponding with a daily pay) the so called "Dollar-Watch" was born.

The Dollar-Watch was very popular, so that some millions of these watches were produced. Even Theodore Roosevelt mentioned that he was described as "the man from the land where the Ingersolls are made" while he was hunting in Africa.

The success of the Dollar-Watch, later on called the "Yankee", was amazing. The Ingersoll brothers had to increase the production because of the immense demand.

One of the smallest pocket watches was produced at the Ingersoll factory, the so-called "pocket Watch". In 1919 the Ingersoll brothers developed the first watch in a "night design" which was called "Radiolite" and which had luminous numerals.

In the meantime Charles Ingersoll produced an extra robust mechanic wrist watch for the army with a shortable metal watch strap. This was the birth of the "military watch". Later on this watch was produced in limited Edition for watch lovers.

The Titanic sunk on their maiden voyage in 1912 by a tragic accident. Many people had to let their lives like Oscar Scott Woody whose pocket Watch "Ingersoll-Midget" with an engraving was found during the last dives to the wreck.

Many famous individuals wore an loved their Ingersoll watches like Thomas Drake the circumnavigator or A. Edison, T.Roosevelt and James Dean. In historic books for example it is written about Mahatma Gandhi and his Ingersoll watch. The pilot Sir Alan Cobham used his Ingersoll watch during his flight around the black continent africa in 1928 to take the precise time. "Because I could not rely on any of the clocks on board of the plane I used my Ingersoll for recording the time. She always acted as a trustworthy chronometer for seven months under different climates and for a distance of 23.000 miles."

There are too many stories which could be told about the Ingersoll brothers and their watches.

Tradition obliges and we want to continue with the high quality and the competitive prices of the wrist watches which were produced by Charles and Robert Ingersoll some time ago.

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