Elgin national pocket watch

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    Elgin national pocket watch

    Well it has been a while since I last visited. I have come across another find and hope someone can give me some answers on this watch.
    It is made by Elgin national watch company and has the number s/n 5615088

    I haven't taken pictures yet but still working/ticking great. It appears to have a few scuff marks so I wouldn't consider it mint.

    Thanks

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    Re: Elgin national pocket watch

    According to here: [ELGIN] Online Elgin Database

    Its a size 0, hunter-case, 7 jewel watch from 1894. Fairly common (315,000 exactly like it), and relatively low grade. 0 size (in 1894) would likely have been a ladies pendant watch. This ad lists it for $10 in 1896: [ELGIN] Documents and Pictures

    For perspective, the average wage in 1896 was about $12 a week, so take "low grade" with a grain of salt. Buying a watch was still more like buying a major appliance back then.
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    Re: Elgin national pocket watch

    Thanks for the information. I know it is hard to put a price on it. Specially when what its worth is usually completely different from what someone is willing to buy it for. This was left in an old oriental jewelry box along with some jewelry, an old telescoping cigarette holder and some other misc jewelry.

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    Re: Elgin national pocket watch

    I would take the term fairly common in context. There were a lot of them made, but not many as pocket watches, later many were converted to wristwatches. The number of pocket watches that remain is speculative but I'm guessing fairly small. Being fairly rare doesn't mean valuble because most collecters prefer watches with a higher jewel count.

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