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    Can someone help identify my grandfather's Elgin 19?

    My grandfather gave this watch to my father in 1960, and he recently gave it to me. It is the only heirloom that I have and would love more information about the watch. I am trying to avoid removing the back if possible.
    Thank you for any information you can provide.
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    Don't avoid removing the back ... embrace it. In fact, once you remove the back and post photos, you will be delighted that you did so, because you will receive a veritable flood of information from forum members.
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    Re: Can someone help identify my grandfather's Elgin 19?

    Thank you. I will do that when I get the watch back in my hands this week. In the meantime, can anyone tell me the approximate age?

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    Re: Can someone help identify my grandfather's Elgin 19?

    I would guess 1930s as a rough estimate based on style.
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    Re: Can someone help identify my grandfather's Elgin 19?

    Excellent watch and story. Enjoy digging up the info.


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    Re: Can someone help identify my grandfather's Elgin 19?

    That's a 5575 Gulfport, from the mid 1950s. Check the middle picture on the second row of the first page, at the link.

    It'll probably be running a 676, 15/0 sized, 19j Shockmaster movement. The back will be held on by 4 screws at the corners. Be careful with those screws - they're hardened steel, threading into soft brass to compress two gaskets. It's easy to strip the threads in the case. Also, I don't think the screws are stainless and one often sees these with ruested/corroded screws. Elgin did those 4-screw waterproof cases for a couple years in the 1950s, but went to snap-in casebacks, possibly because of those problems.

    The Elgin 19 series replaced the Elgin De Luxe line around 1953. They added a pair of cap jewels to the escape pivots of their 17j movements.

    The dial looks a bit different from the catalogs and the examples I've seen, including my own. Possibly it's been redialed, but it looks pretty good.
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    Re: Can someone help identify my grandfather's Elgin 19?

    Thank you so much. You guys are amazing.

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    Wow, much later than I would have guessed. I need to study my Elgins.
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    Good shape for age


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    Re: Can someone help identify my grandfather's Elgin 19?

    Quote Originally Posted by badbackdan View Post
    . . . . I need to study my Elgins.
    Not really.

    The durapower logo on the dial was a post war thing.

    There are somewhat similar appearing watches without it that are quite a bit older.
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