Dollar watch

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A dollar watch was a pocket watch or later, a wristwatch, that sold for about one US dollar.wikipedia
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By 1880 the Waterbury Clock Company had lowered costs to the point where they could sell their so called long wind watch for $3.50.
In 1896, Ingersoll introduced the Ingersoll Yankee, a dollar pocket watch supplied by Waterbury Clock Company.

Ingersoll Watch Company

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In the early 1890s the Ingersoll Watch Company started selling a Waterbury clock company clock in a watch case for $1.50
In 1896 Ingersoll introduced a watch called the Yankee, setting its price at $1. This made it the cheapest watch available at the time, and the first watch to be priced at one dollar; the "dollar watch" was born.

Westclox

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Later, Western Clock (Westclox) in 1899 and the E. Ingraham Company also began manufacturing them.
The Westclox company was a major manufacturer of dollar watches.

Pin-pallet escapement

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Trademarks of dollar watches were their simple, rugged design, movement (usually with a pin-pallet escapement, although sometimes with duplex escapements) which has either no jewels or just one jewel, width of about eighteen size (two inches), and sale price of about a dollar from 1892 until the mid-1950s.
In the USA, the escapement was used in cheap dollar watches.

Escapement

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Trademarks of dollar watches were their simple, rugged design, movement (usually with a pin-pallet escapement, although sometimes with duplex escapements) which has either no jewels or just one jewel, width of about eighteen size (two inches), and sale price of about a dollar from 1892 until the mid-1950s.
In 1867 Georges Frederic Roskopf invented an inexpensive, less accurate form called the Roskopf or pin-pallet escapement, which was used in cheap "dollar watches" in the early 20th century and is still used in cheap alarm clocks and kitchen timers.

Pocket watch

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A dollar watch was a pocket watch or later, a wristwatch, that sold for about one US dollar.

Watch

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A dollar watch was a pocket watch or later, a wristwatch, that sold for about one US dollar.

Crown (British coin)

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From around 1905 Ingersoll started selling their watches in the UK as Crown watches.

Robert H. Ingersoll

Robert Ingersoll
Robert Hawley Ingersoll (December 26, 1859 - September 4, 1928) was an American businessman who initiated the "Dollar Watch," the first mass-produced inexpensive pocket watch in 1896.

History of watches

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The pin pallet escapement, an inexpensive version of the lever escapement invented in 1876 by Georges Frederic Roskopf was used in cheap mass-produced watches, which allowed ordinary workers to own a watch for the first time; other cheap watches used a simplified version of the duplex escapement, developed by Daniel Buck in the 1870s.

Elgin National Watch Company

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The original, obsolete factory in Elgin closed in 1964, after having produced half of the total number of pocket watches manufactured in the United States (dollar-type not included).