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Ingersoll - The cult brand in the Juwelier Steiner online shop
The history of Ingersoll
Robert and Charles Ingersoll, the founders of what is probably the oldest American watch manufactory, have certainly set many milestones in and around the development of pocket and wristwatches during their tireless creative phase. After several attempts to offer watches to a broad public and still realize quality and an attractive price, they succeeded in 1892 with the help of Henry Ford to develop an automated production for pocket watches and later also for wristwatches. It was now possible to start an automated production of watches in addition to the broad and already existing traditional handcrafted watch manufacture.
Under the motto "one watch is like another", the so-called "Dollar-Watch" was born with a high quality standard and a price of later one dollar (corresponding to a daily wage), which was relatively affordable for that time. The Dollar-Watch was very popular, so that finally several million pieces were produced. Even Theodor Roosevelt mentioned that he was described as "the man from the country where the Ingersolls are made" while hunting in Africa. The success of the Dollar-Watch, also called "Yankee" from now on, was astounding. The Ingersoll brothers always had to meet the great demand by increasing production and expanding the manufacturing facilities. So one of the smallest pocket watches was produced, the so called "Pocket Watch". In 1919, the Ingersoll brothers wrapped the first watch in a novel night design, the "Radiolite" with luminous numerals.
In the meantime, Charles Ingersoll produced an extra robust mechanical wristwatch with a shortenable metal link bracelet at the request of the army - the "Military Watch" was launched. Later this watch was launched in a small series for watch lovers. When in 1912 the luxury liner Titanic sank on its maiden voyage in a tragic accident and many people lost their lives, the passenger Oscar Scott Woody also drowned. His engraved pocket watch "Ingersoll - Midgett" was lifted to the wreck of the luxury liner during a recent dive.
Beside famous personalities like the circumnavigator Thomas Drake, Thomas Edison, T. Roosevelt or James Dean, historical reports say that Mahatma Ghandi also wore an Ingersoll watch. The pilot Sir Adam Cobham used 1928 an Ingersoll watch during his flight over Africa to measure the time precisely. "Since I could not rely on any of the watches on board, I used only the Ingersoll to register time, it always acted as my trusted timepiece, for seven months, in a wide variety of climatic conditions and over a distance of 23,000 miles". There are many other incidents to report about the Ingersoll brothers and their Ingersoll-Watch Company...
Committed to tradition, we would like to pay tribute to the Ingersoll watch brand and brothers Charles and Robert Ingersoll by offering a high quality mechanical wristwatch at an attractive price.