Apologies to anyone who was expecting a pocket watch!
It's far from the fanciest or most desirable vintage watch - it's not even a particularly desirable Elgin for that matter - but it's in good shape, has a certain period style I dig, and like far too many Elgins of this vintage it cost about as much as a tank of gas...
Now that I've sucked you in with the promise of pictures, let me introduce myself. I have been soaking up the information of this forum for a little while now and thought it was time to stop lurking and introduce myself. I'm very much a newcomer to this hobby, having first gotten interested a few years ago when I bought a quite unremarkable 50's (I think) Seamaster. Like most newbs I have made a couple of questionable purchases, but I guess that is part of learning, and they didn't break the bank (thankfully I have cheap tastes!). When I am feeling a little more brave I will post them for the forum's amusement.
I have gradually settled on the late American-made Elgins as my primary interest. Partly it's because of the history, partly because I think the Durabalance movements are clever, and partly because it's such an accessible niche for a newbie coming up the learning curve - great online research tools, too cheap for people to bother faking them (I assume... ), and even the nicest/rarest models are common enough that I can usually fight that "what if I never see this again I've got to buy it right now" feeling! Emphasis on "usually". My "collection" - if you can even call it that - is nothing to brag about, but for me the fun so far is in the hunt, so I'm enjoying taking it slow.
That's all for now... Thank you all for this great forum, and I look forward to sharing more with you in the future.