Hi all, I'm new here. I was doing research online regarding a family heirloom which led me here to seek the advise of fellow watch enthusiasts.
This Elgin was my Great Grandfather's and has been kept in dry storage for the last 30+ years. When my Grandfather passed away, his place was stripped to bare by vultures and this was left behind and became one of the few keepsakes I have of him.
The reason why it escaped discovery was it had been sealed in a plastic container with cotton balls usually reserved for small gemstones or mineral samples. It was taped shut and on the outside of the tape was the origin of the watch, which has unfortunately faded and worn away.
From what I remember reading, it was given to my Great Grandfather or Great Grandmother as a gift on their first anniversary in what I think was 1933 before the ink faded. :oops: It appears to have a Simmons railroad chain circa '46-52' but I could be totally off on this.
I took these pictures with an 8MP camera phone and have higher res if needed. I wound the crown twice (not sure why I did this, probably because I'm a moron) and was SHOCKED when it sprung to life and has kept up with time the last two hours.
I'm going to take it to a friend who has a modern and vintage watch store in the next day or two and see if they can service it or at least open it for the SN inside. I would love to have the crystal replaced from another pocket watch, if that were possible.
Your thoughts are appreciated! Thanks in advance.