Grandfather's Elgin pocket watch 1926
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    I've recently started to get some new watches, so I've been going through my original collection. This pocket watch belonged to my Grandpa, and I received it for Christmas shortly after his passing. It had some work done to it at that time, including replacement of the crystal I believe. I don't know a lot about watches, so I've been trying to learn more of the history of this piece. A serial number search revealed that it is a size 12s, 7 jewel, grade 303, model 3, class 114 made in 1926. It features two Gryphons on the dial, and nice blued hands. I think I need to have it cleaned and serviced. Can anyone suggest a good shop to service this watch? I would like to find out more about the grade and class designations. Anyway, if you know of good references either web or print, I would like to read more about Elgin watches of this era.
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    Re: Grandfather's Elgin pocket watch 1926

    You can check this site, if haven't already

    https://pocketwatchdatabase.com/
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    Re: Grandfather's Elgin pocket watch 1926

    Thanks, that gave me more info than the Elgin database.
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    Re: Grandfather's Elgin pocket watch 1926

    ZeroFourNine...a nice 7J Elgin. I have worked on several, and they are almost always in good shape, & respond well to a Service. A new mainspring is a good idea, even if the one in it is intact: old steel tends to fatigue a bit, and the newer alloys are very impressive.

    This is a very easy watch to work on, and there are many folks who know them well. I suggest shopping around for a 'good price', and be wary of those who will be happy to 'take your money'...! You'll soon get a feel for prices, & discover there's quite a range.

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