2 Thrift Elgins. One Question
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    2 Thrift Elgins. One Question

    Picked up a couple of nice Late 40's, early 50's Elgins. One is an early 50's Swiss automatic (cal 645, AS1422) ( apparently like Hamilton, Elgin imported all its automatic movements during this period. Elgin modified these movements to what they claimed made them the equivalent of their Lord Elgins. The second is a late 40's Elgin with an adjusted 17j 623 movement. The damage ( let's call it patina ) on the dial actually looks quite nice in real life. The question: the Crystal on this was badly fractured glass. I need to find a relpacement. Is there a place to find correct replacements for Elgin models? I know on a Hamilton forum they have some data on replacements for Hamilton's. Thanks
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    Thanks Dan. I saw these and I bought one with correct measurement. Ie 23.4 x 19.6. BUT the curve and tapers were not correct . I had some NOS Hamilton crystals that are a bit big. I've got the dremel working on them to try and modify one to fit. Don't look too closely. My sculpting is not Michaelangelo quality. Lol

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    Some of these Elgins have some odd ball shapes. I tried getting one for a 40's model I have a while back. I ordered one from tiptop that looked like it would work, got it, and mine has a slight curve on the sides and it didnt fit. I'll have to go back to looking at those big ebay lots of them myself to find the right one. Here's the link to tiptop. Tip Top Crystals, Vintage Watch Crystals I never could find one for mine that fit. Maybe you'll have better luck.
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    Rectangular crystals are the hardest to find and I think you'd have a pretty hard time finding one unless you get a product code for it and you find it somewhere on eBay.

    Should try and look into getting one custom made. I heard they're not expensive... Even saw a guy making one by himself on youtube for a Hamilton similar to your watches.
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