Elgin 16S 7J Grade 291 Restoration Project - Complete

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    Thumbs Up Elgin 16S 7J Grade 291 Restoration Project - Complete

    Hello all, it's been a very long while.

    I thought I'd share something interesting with you all.

    The watch is a 1918 Grade 291 16S 7J Elgin, which my grandfather carried up until the early 1950's when it "broke on him", and the watch was neglected and left sitting for over half a century with a broken staff, broken pinions, missing cannon pinion and hour wheel, worn dial with broken feet, among other significant issues.



    Half a century later, we've brought a significant piece, a precious family heirloom, back to life. Not much is known about the watch, but because my grandfather was born 2 years before the manufacture of the piece, we've implied that the watch originally belonged to my great grandfather, and was probably passed down to him at a later time.

    To aid the restoration process, I purchased a working Grade 291 donor movement, which I used to swap parts that I needed, including:

    • Cannon Pinion
    • Hour Wheel
    • Fourth Wheel: (Pinion was broken off for the second hand to sit on)
    • Pallet Jewels - originals re-glued (When the watch was wound, the train would slip and run without engaging the pallet fork or balance wheel - found that both pallet jewels were loose)
    • Balance wheel and upper/lower jewels

    Here she is, fully restored to running order and keeping excellent time, after spending a week at my watchmaker's for re-shellacking of the pallet jewels, shortening the fourth wheel pinion, and a general cleaning.



    ~ Cheers, Steve.

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    Re: Elgin 16S 7J Grade 291 Restoration Project - Complete

    Congrats on a superb looking watch!

    Its even nicer knowing the family connection and the fact you've 'saved it,

    Congrats again and I hope its still being passed down through the family in another 100 years!
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    Re: Elgin 16S 7J Grade 291 Restoration Project - Complete

    Well done on restoring this family heirloom pocket watch.
    Nice one

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    Re: Elgin 16S 7J Grade 291 Restoration Project - Complete

    welldone great to hear stories like this, some people just sell them or leave them.

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    Re: Elgin 16S 7J Grade 291 Restoration Project - Complete

    Nicely done....good looking watch.

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    Re: Elgin 16S 7J Grade 291 Restoration Project - Complete

    Great! Family heirlooms are the best.

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    Re: Elgin 16S 7J Grade 291 Restoration Project - Complete

    WOW, great before and after, Nice job
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    Re: Elgin 16S 7J Grade 291 Restoration Project - Complete

    Great resto job & story...............guess the original dial was too far gone to be saved??

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    Re: Elgin 16S 7J Grade 291 Restoration Project - Complete

    Thanks a lot for your comments! As for the original dial, all three feet were broken off, and it turns out that the numeral font was not original to the dial - it was refinished at one point in its life and somewhat crudely. I found that the replacement dial I gave the watch would probably have been the factory correct dial, looking at the font of "E L G I N" and the placement of the subdial.
    ~ Cheers, Steve.

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    Re: Elgin 16S 7J Grade 291 Restoration Project - Complete

    Awesome job.
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