The origins of Ingersoll watches date back to 1882 in New York, when brothers Rober Hawley and Charles Henry Ingersoll decided to set up a small watch business: Ingersoll Watch Company, associating with the Waterbury watch company. They had a very clear and defined objective: to offer high quality watches that were affordable to everyone.
The first watch they made was the "Universal", a model they started selling wholesale, but ended up selling directly to customers. They continued with the Yankee model, which became the cheapest watch on the market, with a price of 1 dollar a unit. So successful was this watch that it became known as the "dollar watch".
In 1904, the company established itself in London, where it began to market its Crown model, a pocket watch that cost about 5 shillings, the equivalent of one US dollar at the time. By 1916 the firm was producing 12,000 watches a day in 10 different models and in 1919 they launched the Radiolite model, the first in the world with a luminescent dial.
Subsequently, as a result of the First World War, Ingersoll went bankrupt, with only its British subsidiary surviving and thus becoming entirely British owned. Ingersoll continued to manufacture watches, and in 1930, with the launch of the Mickey Mouse watch, the company's numbers picked up again, selling 5 million of this model during the first years of marketing. After the Second World War, Ingersoll merged with Vickers Armstrong and Smiths Industries Ltd to continue making inexpensive watches inspired by famous people.
Today, the Ingersoll brand is recognised throughout the world, and thanks to it, great advances have been made in the manufacture of watches such as:
- The smallest pocket watch in existence.
- The first watch that glowed in the dark, called "Radiolite".
- The first military watch, which was designed with the participation of the armed forces.
- The first watch with characters, which Disney ordered with the famous Mickey Mouse.
The most characteristic feature of Ingersoll watches is the wide variety of styles and functions they offer. There are models with chronograph, moon phase, GMT, charge reserve indicator or with a rear glass. The fact that each piece and each collection is so different makes Ingersoll a truly special brand. Also worth noting is its elegant packaging: a beautiful, classic wooden box, which even in some Limited Edition models is a watch winder or oak wood rotor with a glass cover, which gently turns the watch when not worn, to keep the main spring wound and therefore the watch running.
Although Ingersoll watches have very different characteristics, the vast majority of them have one common detail: they show the internal mechanism on their dial. This is what is known as the Skeleton dial.