The Watch Word magazine chronicled personal stories, photos, engineering successes, and company history for employees of the Elgin National Watch Company, a leading Elgin employer for over one hundred years. The first watch movement was created in 1867, and manufacturing continued until 1968. Watches produced after 1968 may bear the Elgin name, but have no connection to the Elgin, Illinois company.
Publication of the Watch Word begain in August 1921 and ceased in December 1956.
In a partnership between the Elgin Area Historical Society Museum and the Gail Borden Public Library, copies of the Watch Word are being scanned and made more easily available. Follow the links below to view specific issues of the magazine. Originals can be viewed at the Gail Borden Public Library & the Elgin History Museum.
Issues currently available are:
1923 - the complete year
1924 - the complete year
1925 - the complete year
1927 - the complete year
1929 - January through November
1930 - the complete year
1931 - the complete year
1935 - June through December
1937 - March through December
1938 - January through March, May
1940 - March, July through December
1944 - the complete year
1950 - the complete year
1952 - December
1953 - December
1955 - January through June