Elgin Serial Number 97599
This is a key-wind, key set early model marked Mat Laflin. It is an 18 size, 7 jewel movement, made about 1871. The case is open-face, and tripple hinged, in silveroid. The heavy beveled crystal is as good as they come and the dial and hands are flawless. If you have been looking to fill in a collection of early named Elgins, this is a good one.
Elgin Serial Number 1727067
This is large, heavy 18 size watch. It's an older one, grade 6, 7 jewels, made about 1885. It is a hunter, full-plate movement in a tripple-hinged silveroid, open-faced case, showing typical wear but snaps tight. The watch is lever set, and sets and winds easily and smoothly. There are minor hairlines in the dial near the 7. There are blue screws and a beveled glass crystal with no chips or cracks. There is some dial cracking near the 7:00. This watch runs well and would be a nice addition to any collection.
Elgin Serial Number 5383253
Here's another fine product of the Elgin National Watch Co., a grade 96. It is an 18 size movement, 7 jewels, made about 1893. The movement is lever-set. It is not set by pulling the crown out - the crown does not snap out. The lever is pulled out from the edge of the bezel, at the 5, to engage setting mode. Pushing the lever back in switches back to winding. The case is a gold filled hunter case (hunter cases have the front cover). The latch holding the cover shut is released by pressing the crown. The back, also hinged, snaps. The case is gold filled, and fully functional although it has seen some use. There is a fair amount of brassing. The dial has a small amount of cracking near the 7:00 and 11:00. The watch has nice hands and a good crystal.
Elgin Serial Number 5471788
|This is a very good, strong running 18 size movement in a fairly worn case, with a plastic crystal. It is stem-set and wind, with good hands, and a few minor dial cracks. The gold-filled case is with decorative engraving is well worn. This is a grade 73, 7 jewels, made about 1893 and is a nice solid watch all around.|
Elgin Serial Number 5479648
This is an Elgin grade 73, 18 size, 7 jewel, watch, made about 1894. It is in an open-face, gold filled, case, threaded front and back, with a lot of decorative character. There is some modest case wear and a small amount of brassing, but the stag on the back is clear. This is a very clean, attractive movement, all blue screws, running well. There is a thick glass crystal, in good condition apart from some light scratches. The dial and hands are very good, no hairlines.
Elgin Serial Number 9046692
This is another large, heavy 18 size watch in a very typical open-face, ore silver case. It's a grade 207, 7 jewels, made about 1901. It's a hunter case movement, full plate design. This watch is lever-set, it is not set by pulling the crown out, and it sets and winds easily and smoothly. There are minor hairlines in the dial and the thick beveled crystal shows some tiny nicks and scratches typical of original glass, but no edge chips. The case is a Fahy's No. 1, ore silver, threaded front and back. This watch runs well and would be a nice addition to any collection.
Elgin Serial Number 22844277
This is a classic Elgin grade 303, made about 1920. This was an extremely succeessful design for Elgin, they sold a lot of these. It is a 12 size, 7 jewel, workhorse of a watch that proved just the right blend of basic qualitity and resonable price. The modest case is open face, Silverode (nickle alloy), threaded front and back, with a nice glass crystal - no chips. There is a minor dent in the case back, but the dial and hands are flawless. The size 12 watch is very practical for modern clothing. If you have been looking for a basic vintage pocketwatch for occasional carry, this is a good choice.
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