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Ingersoll - Juwelier Steiner


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The history of Ingersoll

Robert and Charles Ingersoll, the founders of what is probably the oldest American watch manufacturer, certainly have many milestones in and around the development of during their tireless creative phase and creativity Pocket and wrist watches set. After several attempts to offer watches to a wide audience and still achieve quality and an attractive price, they then succeeded in 1892 with the help of Henry Ford in developing automated production for pocket watches and later also for wristwatches. It was now possible to start automatic production of watches in addition to the broad and already existing traditional handicraft watch manufacture.

Under the motto "one watch is like the other", a high quality standard and a relatively affordable price for the time was achieved of later one dollar (corresponding to a day's wages) the so-called "dollar watch" was born. The Dollar Watch was very popular, eventually producing several million pieces. Even Theodore Roosevelt mentioned being described as "the man from the land where the Ingersolls are made" while hunting in Africa. The success of the Dollar Watch, henceforth called "Yankee", was astounding. The Ingersoll brothers always had to meet the high demand by increasing production and expanding manufacturing. So one of the smallest pocket watches was produced, the s.g. "Pocket watch". In 1919, the Ingersoll brothers wrapped the first watch in the novel night design, the "Radiolite" with luminous numerals.

In the meantime, at the request of the army, Charles Ingersoll produced an extra robust mechanical wristwatch with a metal link strap that could be shortened - the "Military Watch" was launched. This watch was later released in a small series for watch lovers. When the luxury liner Titanic sank in a tragic accident on its maiden voyage in 1912 and many people lost their lives, passenger Oscar Scott Woody also drowned, whose engraved pocket watch "Ingersoll - Midgett" was lifted to the wreck of the luxury liner during a recent dive

In addition to famous personalities such as circumnavigator Thomas Drake, Thomas Edison, T. Roosevelt or James Dean, according to historical reports, Mahatma Ghandi is said to have worn an Ingersoll watch. Pilot Sir Adam Cobham used an Ingersoll watch on his flight over Africa in 1928 to keep accurate time. "As I could not rely on any of the clocks on board, I only used the Ingersoll to keep track of the time, it has always acted as my trusted timekeeper, for seven months, in a variety of climates and over a distance of 23,000 miles." There are many more stories to tell about the Ingersoll brothers and their Ingersoll-Watch Company...

Committed to tradition, in this case we would like to pay tribute to the watch brand Ingersoll and the brothers Charles and Robert Ingersoll by offering a high-quality mechanical wristwatch at an attractive price.