Help identify vintage Elgin pocket watch

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    Help identify vintage Elgin pocket watch

    My father recently gave me a Vintage Elgin pocket watch that he thinks belonged to my moms uncle. I only collect modern watches so I would like to see if any of the experts could give me some info on this model. My father hasn't touched it in over 40 years, I wound it up and set the time and it seems to keep really good time. I will post some pictures but would like some info such as how old, what the case is made of, I don't see 18k or 14k, also should it have a crystal ? and if so any good vintage watch makers in Orange county area in So. Calif ? Thanks Name:  IMG_0983.jpg
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    Re: Help identify vintage Elgin pocket watch

    Hi,
    Your watch by the serial number is a BW Raymond, 15j 18 size, Model 2, Lever set Hunter cased watch, ca: approx. 1885. The Fahys Monarch case was/is a gold filled case. I believe in its day it was a RR grade watch as I think the BW Raymonds were the best grade of the day and Elgins first RR grade, keeping in mind that the requirements changed quite rapidly a few years later.
    Hope this helps you,
    Bill

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    Re: Help identify vintage Elgin pocket watch

    beautiful watch!!

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    Re: Help identify vintage Elgin pocket watch

    Thanks Bill for the info, I knew it was old but did't think 1885 thats pretty cool, and the fact that its still keeping correct time this morning since a full wind yesterday. I would really like to have a crystal put on so I can keep this and add it to my watch collection. Once again if anyone knows of someone that works on these possibly in So. Calif. that would be nice.

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