Great grand-dad's Elgin pocketwatch
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    Great grand-dad's Elgin pocketwatch

    Hey all,

    I realize I'm starting with zilch here, but I have to start somewhere. This watch belonged to my great grandfather, and before I get around to taking it to a professional for examination and a look at the movement, I wondered if anyone here could take a crack at dating it or telling me anything else about Elgins of this type/era.

    Thanks in advance!

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    Re: Great grand-dad's Elgin pocketwatch

    A good photo of the movement will tell all.
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    Re: Great grand-dad's Elgin pocketwatch

    It's just too bad, that you have reserved the easiest part for the 'expert'!

    There is a serial number on the movement (the one directly engraved on the movement, not on the case or somewhere else!) which gives you not only the year of production, but oodles of other information on the watch from the database.

    From the age of the watch (1920ies approx.) it should be an 8 digit number starting with 2xxxxxxx

    But I beseech you: Give us a chance, before any expert takes the center stage for nothing!
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    Re: Great grand-dad's Elgin pocketwatch

    How big are those links?

    Is it a pocket watch or a ladies watch?

    Streamline?

    How does the back open?

    Inquiring minds want to know.
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    Ha I have zero doubt that the WUS experts will be able to provide chapter and verse once we get a look at the movement.

    My problem is, I'm too much of a novice to risk tinkering with it myself. Trust me, I'm as impatient as you are to find what out what's inside!

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    Re: Great grand-dad's Elgin pocketwatch

    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff. View Post
    Ha I have zero doubt that the WUS experts will be able to provide chapter and verse once we get a look at the movement.

    My problem is, I'm too much of a novice to risk tinkering with it myself. Trust me, I'm as impatient as you are to find what out what's inside!
    Sorry for my sarcastic remarks. You can't be too much of a novice on Elgin, Waltham etc. watches. Their serial numbers are linked to a database, letting you know about every fart during the production process. So, you don't have to be an expert like on many other brands. A 10 year old child can give you every info that you want. In this respect, you can be very happy, that your family heritage is an Elgin watch, leaving no secrets unsolved once we have the serial number.

    I wished I would have the ability to express things as simple as 'badbackan' did, without getting lost in long elaborates: Give us a clear, sharp, shot of the movement.

    Sorry; I forgot: Linking the serial number to a database, can be done by a 10-year-old. Opening the back lid on this watch, can be done by ages 8 years and up, once you have overcome your fears. Look for a notch to get something in between, your fingernail or a sharp knife.

    Sorry, have to go to bed. I am on CET +1 (11 p.m now.).
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    Re: Great grand-dad's Elgin pocketwatch

    Hey folks! A quick update - the serial number is 23701929, which would seem to mean the watch was manufactured in 1921. Grade 345 Model 3.


    If any of our Elgin experts can provide additional historical context, I’d be fascinated to know more.


    (Again, I already know there’s no monetary value here and wouldn’t sell it even if there was.)


    Many thanks for your comments!

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