Behind the Name – Sangamon Watch Company

Lincoln’s River Collection Limited Edition
Lincoln’s River Collection Silver

Sangamon Watch Company is named after the Sangamon River, which runs from Central Illinois and feeds the Mississippi River. The river’s name derives from a Pottawatomie Native American word that means “where there is plenty to eat.” The river was loved by Abraham Lincoln, whose family settled along the river when he was a young man. This area was home to one of the finest watch makers in the United States – the Illinois Watch Company from 1869 to 1928. At its peak, it had over 1200 employees and produced over 43,000 watch movements each year. It was a pioneer of the time-keeping industry and railroads across the world utilized their technology. Our employees live and work in the long shadow of President Lincoln feeling inspired by our region’s rich history. Our name, Sangamon, is proud to honor this tradition of excellence.

Sangamon River, Illinois
Sangamon Watches

Sangamon Watch Company will be hosting an online pre-sales event for the Lincoln’s River Collection (Limited Edition) next week. If you are an entrepreneur who is interested in purchasing our timepieces or collaborating with us , please contact us today at