The History of Ingersoll Watches

Founded by Robert and Charles Ingersoll in the year 1892, Ingersoll is one of the first American watch factories. Using new technologies, Ingersoll produced pocket watches and wrist watches. The “Dollar Watch”  – also called “Yankee” was the first Ingersoll watch, produced on automated production lines for watches, and received it’s name because it was sold for only one dollar. Due to the amazing success The Yankee had, The Ingersoll Brothers increased production and opened new factories in order to keep up with the high demand. In the year 1896, Ingersoll’s product range expanded due to many technical pioneering refinements and the smallest pocket watch ever made was created. By year 1910, Ingersoll became a recognised brand for USA watches all over the world. For example, the 26th President of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt, was described as “the man from the country where Ingersolls are produces” during a hunting trip in Africa. Theodore Roosevelt was among many famous people that weared watches from Ingersoll, people like Mark Twain and Thomas Edison. Over time, the company registered enormous success by coming up with new inventions, such as the Radiolite – watches with night lite, the Mickey Mouse watch that was sold in over 2.5 million copies and the Gandhiji Ingersoll watch – created especially for Mohamed Gandhiji, who considered time-keeping to be an integral part of his life. Ingersoll sold over 3.5 million “dollar watches” by the year 1920. In the year 1950, Ingersoll produced character watches with faces of Holywood stars, including Marilyn Monroe, and was appreciated by many stars. It is rumored that even James Dean worn an Ingersoll wristwatch. In 1983 the brand was acquired at first by Steven Strauss and after that sold to Zeon Ltd – the largest watch importer from Britain. The brad kept it’s reputation of having a “good value” for many years after that and thousand of pieces were sold every year troughout the entire country, giving  whole generations a chance to own an Ingersoll watch. The company made over 30 million watches between 1946 and 1980, and exported its models in over 60 different countries from all over the wold. Starting with year 2000, the company released new ranges of watches, while keeping it’s strong ties with its history. The style remained unchanged, while emphasizing quality and value. The Bison collection was launched in the year 2007, and kept its intrinsic values, consisting of modern classic Ingersoll Watches at fair prices and appealing styles.

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