Elgin Watch Identification Guide
In fact, Elgin produced approximately one-half of the total number of better-quality pocket watches manufactured in the United States. This makes Elgin one of the most commonly collected vintage watches since there are still so many examples available at reasonable prices. Currier, Otis Hoyt, and Charles H. Mason, with financial backing from former Chicago Mayor Benjamin W. The factory for the National watch company was completed in , and the first movement produced was an size B. In , the company officially changed their name to the Elgin National Watch Company, and that name remained until they stopped producing watches in the ‘s.
How to Open a Watch Case While opening a watch isn’t rocket science, a watch can be damaged if you try to open it incorrectly. Never use a screwdriver to try to open a case. If you really aren’t sure what to do, take it to one of your local jewelers and ask them to show you how to open it. While it is open, make sure you record everything written on the movement of the watch and the watch case. These details can sometimes be important.
A good description of how to open a pocket watch case and background information can be found here , thanks to the work of Kent Singer.
Elgin Grade: The watch was serviced 11/2/18 and the watch is running and keeping time. The Elgin is, in my opinion, Elgin’s answer to the Hamilton B .
These seem to date to see slide 92 of Casilla’s presentation 17s is an odd size. These days, it’s nearly impossible to find a 17s case, and the movements just don’t fit either a 16 or 18s case. I became interested in these after acquiring a handful of the 18s keywinders. They’re very hard to find as cased watches, but I did manage to grab a couple bare movements on Ebay.
The dials are one-piece, with no sunken sub-dial. They’re essentially full plate, with solid balances. As far as I know, all of them were 7 jewel. Note that the balance on the Avery is larger than the Leader, but they’re otherwise largely identical.
Glossary: Serial Number, Grade, Model, Class, etc.
Below are some pictures of the movements in some of my watches. Swiss made, 15 jewels, circa ‘s. USA made, Hz, circa The Bulova Accutron was the world’s first electronic wristwatch movement, utilising the high frequency vibrations of a tiny “tuning fork” rather than the oscillations of a mechanical balance wheel to regulate timing. These were issued to the British military during the Second World War and on into the ‘s.
The Illinois Pocket Watch Company is well described in this story written in This was from a paper handed to me by a colleague who discovered it by chance several years ago.
This was from a paper handed to me by a colleague who discovered it by chance several years ago. No author I’m afraid, but it is a fascinating read. In the attention of a number of public spirited citizens and capitalists of Springfield was called to the great advantage which would result to the city from the establishment and conduct of manufacturing industries.
Even in those days men who were what we now term promoters were keenly active in various lines, and one of the pioneers in this profession was Mr. He came to Springfield in and pointed out the benefits to the city, and the very possible and probable profits to be secured for the stockholders, of a company organised for the manufacture of watch movements. Attention was directed to the benefits which would come to the city in the establishment of an industry in which the chief expense of production was the high wages paid to skilled labor and in the bringing to the city of a large number of skilled mechanics and their families.
Stuart as President, W. Black, and the President and Secretary.
The last Elgin movement made in America was produced in In between, pinning an individual Elgin down to a specific year and model can be a bit of a chore. Starting around , Elgin used model numbers to identify unique case designs. In the s, the use of model numbers was supplemented by individual model names.
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Nigerian Dating Scam – I’ve been there by Catherine Sheffield, UK I am a widow and after just over two years my friends told me to try internet dating. As I was in my 40’s I thought I would join a site for over plus dating which you pay a subscription for and I thought would be safe. I started chatting to a guy who said he was english born but his father was american.
He was working for the united nations as an orthapedic surgeon which I thought was a bit of a story but I went along with it. We were chatting for a few weeks and he suggested going onto messenger as it would save money on subscriptions. He told me things like he was also a widower and told me about his wife etc. This went on for 3 months. I gave him my mobile and he rang me each evening and we would chat for 5 or 10 mins at a cost to him not me.
He even rang me when I was on holiday in Spain. When I came back we chatted for another couple of weeks and then he asked me for some money so that he could home and we could be together. I was so gullible for the love but as soon as he asked me for money I cut him off completely.
Watch Serial Number Information
Case serial number The Online Database for the Elgin Watch Company can tell you a great deal of information about your watch, based on just the serial number off the movement. The “movement” is also sometimes called the “watch works”. Serial Number off the movement: The serial number must be off the movement of the watch where the gears are , not off the case.
These two serial numbers are unrelated. For more information see the Watch Serial Number web page.
A Matter of Time – Collecting Antique Pocket Watches. Story by Mike McLeod Note: For questions about pocket watches, contact: , or Although time keeping mechanisms have been around for thousands of years, the first mobile clocks did not appear until the s.
Factory records differ from year-to-year and factory-to-factory. Some records are more complete than others. For this reason, many factory production dates are approximate. System developed and agreed-upon by American watch manufacturers to determine the diameter of a watch movement. The larger the number, the larger the diameter of the movement. The numbers used for American watch movement sizing have no correlation to the actual measurement of the piece. Only jewels have a surface hard and perfect enough to allow metal parts to turn unceasingly year after year with a minimum of wear and friction.
Jewels also hold the microscopic droplets of oil that lubricate each tiny pivot point.
Online Elgin Serial Number Database
Advance, Age, Atlas Watch Co.. California Watch, the Chief model, the Convertible model, the H. Culver, The Elgin Watch co.
Military Timepieces: Watches Issued to British Armed Forces A. Taylerson, ‘Horological Journal’ Sept./Oct. (British Horological Institute). A. Taylerson searches voluminous Military archives to list timepieces issued to The British Armed Forces.
He’s also a very dapper fellow. Here Eric Musgrave gives us the benefit of his considerable menswear style experience: That is the first question to ask yourself when on a search for style. Your wardrobe should be a reflection of your character, so it could be very large and varied or very narrow and focused. My own interest in my appearance goes back at least to my mid-teens, when I was first allowed to go shopping for clothes rather than have my mum take me.
I was 63 in May this year and my passion and interest is undimmed. I am now very choosy about what I wear and tend to concentrate on a few favourite looks. I take pleasure in what I wear and, I hope, I give people pleasure in seeing me in my choices. It is a nonsense for anyone to suggest that men are not interested in their appearance. In nature, the male is usually the more flamboyant of the two sexes.
If you want some inspiration and proof that males have been style-conscious for decades, have a look at Menswear Bodleian Library, , a collection of vintage postcards collected by artist Tom Phillips.