Elgin watch dating

elgin watch dating

How much are Elgin pocket watches worth?

Each antique Elgin Pocket Watch model has unique features that appreciate its value. For instance, the 18K gold-plated watches cost a premium at a $500 starting bid, slightly more than the 14K model. Standard antique Elgin pocket watch models retail at affordable prices less than $100.

How do I identify an Elgin Watch?

First, establish that the watch is, in fact an Elgin. Second, attempt to identify the model by matching the case to known examples (or to identification resources). If that fails, identify and date the movement to narrow your search and try again to identify the case. We look at each of these issues, below. Is it really an Elgin?

When was the first Elgin Watch made?

The first Elgin watch (a pocket watch) dates to 1867. The last Elgin movement made in America was produced in 1968.

When did Elgin stop including serial numbers on their movements?

Elgin stopped including serial numbers on their movements around 1956. While we may be able to establish the date the movement was manufactured, it does not tell us when the watch was assembled. Sometimes movements sat on the shelf for years before being inserted into a case and put into distribution.

How much did the first Elgin pocket watch cost?

However, the first Elgin pocket watch was released in 1867. The first watch was an 18 sized BW Raymond railroad grade pocket watch that took six months to complete. This timepiece was sold for $117. To put it into context, in the year 1867, pork chips were retailing at three cents a pound.

What grade is a 17J Elgin pocket watch?

SUPERB GOLD PLATED ELGIN, GRADE 244, 16s, 17Js OPEN FACED POCKET WATCH, FWO!. Antique Elgin National Watch Co. pocket watch movement in working condition. Antique ELGIN pocket watch movement 15 j.

Why buy an Elgin National Watch Company wrist watch?

If you’ve always wanted to own a piece of functional American history, without breaking the bank, then a wrist or pocket watch from the Elgin National Watch Company may just be exactly what you’ve been looking for.

How do I know if my Elgin Watch is gold?

If you notice any one of these markings, then your Elgin watch is gold. But if you see something like Guaranteed 10 Years or Guaranteed 20 Years, then the watch is not made of gold, but rather a gold plate. However, if none of these markings is visible on your watch, just take it to a professional jeweler for testing.

Why does my Elgin Watch have a single letter serial number?

In the 1930s, Elgin began using a single-letter prefix to replace the millions digits on their serial numbers. So if your Elgin watch has a serial number starting with a letter, you must determine the millions digits from the table below in order to determine the full serial number.

When did Elgin National Watch Company go out of business?

The Elgin National Watch Company went out of business in 1964. They never made any battery-powered, quartz watches. If you have a recently-purchased, modern Elgin watch, please see our Modern Elgin Watch page for more information. Be sure to use the serial number on the movement (the works) of the watch.

When was the first Elgin Watch made?

The first Elgin watch (a pocket watch) dates to 1867. The last Elgin movement made in America was produced in 1968.

When did Elgin start using model numbers?

Starting around 1932, Elgin used model numbers to identify unique case designs. In the 1950s, the use of model numbers was supplemented by individual model names. (The model numbers remained, however, and are the key to finding replacement parts for Elgins of the period.)

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