Usually, it’s not worth fixing so called “dollar watches”, but this one is an exception for two reasons. The first one being that it’s a very unusual piece, and the second, and more important one, is that it belongs to my host mother Connie. I stayed with her and her family for a year in 1979-1980 in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, and I will be forever grateful for the hospitality and kindness received.
Connie received the watch as a gift from her mother when she was 5, so most likely, the watch had already been handed down once from her grandmother to her mother.
There used to be a pattern of two different coloured triangles on the case. The clock slides out of the case, and can then be folded back so it stands up as in the first photo.
I like the dial and hand design. According to the serial number of the movement, the watch was made in 1905, and that ties in with the dial design.
Ingersoll was famous for its affordable watches – “the company that made the dollar famous” was their slogan. Ingersoll USA went bankrupt in 1921, but the brand survived to this very day. I have a British Ingersoll watch from the late 20s in my collection, and the movement has nothing to do with this one.
The gear train between the plates.
The movement is well worn, and not very reliable, and the setting of the hands needs quite a bit of force, but there wasn’t really another option but to get it going again. I briefly considered putting in another movement, but couldn’t find anything contemporary that would have fitted. This is about preserving what was there as it’s a family piece.