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    Great grandfather's Elgin

    Fellow watch nerds:

    My father just handed me my great grandfather's Elgin watch and I'm lost. I know nothing about them.

    I will certainly take this to a watch repair shop for evaluation and serial number lookup on the movement, but in the mean time I thought I'd post it up here and see what you all might know or think.

    Any info is appreciated.



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    Hello,


    Nice keepsake. It looks like your Great Granddad took care of his watch and kept the box. I would say the watch is from the late 1940's or early 1950's case wise but we will need the actually movment number to give a better approximation.


    The jeweler was a family owned business from 1916 until it went out of business back in 2006


    Going out of business - Long Jewelers Inc. to close next month - schurz-herald-mail


    They owned stores in Chambersburg and Waynesboro PA



    In the article it quotes the owner John Long as saying that after the store closes, he will have plenty to do and keep busy. Sadly he died two months later on Oct 29th

    http://articles.herald-mail.com/2006...t-lee-watson/2


    Post pics of the movement
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    Quote Originally Posted by journeyforce View Post
    Hello,


    Nice keepsake. It looks like your Great Granddad took care of his watch and kept the box. I would say the watch is from the late 1940's or early 1950's case wise but we will need the actually movment number to give a better approximation.


    The jeweler was a family owned business from 1916 until it went out of business back in 2006


    Going out of business - Long Jewelers Inc. to close next month - schurz-herald-mail


    They owned stores in Chambersburg and Waynesboro PA



    In the article it quotes the owner John Long as saying that after the store closes, he will have plenty to do and keep busy. Sadly he died two months later on Oct 29th

    http://articles.herald-mail.com/2006...t-lee-watson/2


    Post pics of the movement
    Thank you.

    I will certainly post pics of the mvmt if I can. I'll ask the shop to take pics. I don't want to open it up myself...

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    Re: Great grandfather's Elgin

    wow, such an awesome gift...
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    Re: Great grandfather's Elgin

    I would have guessed 1930s. If you have the patience to wade through this catalog, you may find it:

    [ELGIN] Documents and Pictures
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    Looking at the prices will almost make you cry, but then again.
    Quote Originally Posted by badbackdan View Post
    I would have guessed 1930s. If you have the patience to wade through this catalog, you may find it:

    [ELGIN] Documents and Pictures

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    Quote Originally Posted by Watchbreath View Post
    Looking at the prices will almost make you cry, but then again.
    But then you have to take it in perspective. a $65 watch in 1936 is the equivalent of $1,137 in 2017 prices. The average person in 1936 (the middle of the Depression) would not have had $65 to spare on a watch(any more then a lot of folks would have $1,137 to spare in 2017) $65 in 1936 got you 3 months of rent and food.

    A person buying a watch like that would have had it and wore it for decades.
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    More like, if you had a job, you'd be making .10 an hour and working 50 hours a week.
    Quote Originally Posted by journeyforce View Post
    But then you have to take it in perspective. a $65 watch in 1936 is the equivalent of $1,137 in 2017 prices. The average person in 1936 (the middle of the Depression) would not have had $65 to spare on a watch(any more then a lot of folks would have $1,137 to spare in 2017) $65 in 1936 got you 3 months of rent and food.

    A person buying a watch like that would have had it and wore it for decades.

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    Re: Great grandfather's Elgin

    Elgin Model 6701. No name, because Elgin didn't name their individual watches at that time. Appears only in the 1941 catalog (scroll down to "15 Jewel And Professional Models". 15j in 1941 means a 554 movement, one of Elgin's workhorses. Zillions made, solid performer.

    Originally sold for $24.75. Equals $432 in 2017 dollars. Average annual wage was $1,492, so average hourly wage would have been $0.75. So, this watch costs 33 hours, or 3/4 of a week's wages!

    Current median income is about $59,000, or about $29.50/hour, so it would be like something that costs $973 today.
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    Re: Great grandfather's Elgin

    Quote Originally Posted by GeneJockey View Post
    Elgin Model 6701. No name, because Elgin didn't name their individual watches at that time. Appears only in the 1941 catalog (scroll down to "15 Jewel And Professional Models". 15j in 1941 means a 554 movement, one of Elgin's workhorses. Zillions made, solid performer.

    Originally sold for $24.75. Equals $432 in 2017 dollars. Average annual wage was $1,492, so average hourly wage would have been $0.75. So, this watch costs 33 hours, or 3/4 of a week's wages!

    Current median income is about $59,000, or about $29.50/hour, so it would be like something that costs $973 today.
    Thank you so much! I knew I came to the right group. This was exceedingly helpful. I've passed this info to my father. Now we know a little more about his grandfather.

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