Just acquired an old Elgin pocket watch owned by my Great Grandfather

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    Just acquired an old Elgin pocket watch owned by my Great Grandfather

    It still works too! Unfortunately, you can see the hour hand is missing along with the crystal. There are no markings on the back as well, just what you see on the face.

    Can someone give me some information about this watch? Because it belonged to my Great Grandfather, I would like to have this watch restored. I'm sure the movement could use some TLC along with getting a new crystal and some new hands. Think this is possible?

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    edit: Also, here are pictures of the Timex my Grandfather wore when he got back from serving in WWII. My Grandmother gave this to me when he passed away in 2005. I plan on having this watch serviced and cleaned soon, and I'll probably get a nice black leather band for it.

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    Re: Just acquired an old Elgin pocket watch owned by my Great Grandfather

    Getting the watch serviced by an experienced watchmaker isn't a problem. Finding another hand and crystal might be a bit harder, but certainly not impossible.
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    Re: Just acquired an old Elgin pocket watch owned by my Great Grandfather

    I'm going to take both to a local family owned jeweler that has a watchmaker working on-site. I'm worried that the Elgin might be beyond repair, but from what I've read they made a TON of them, so hopefully it won't be a problem to source parts.

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    Re: Just acquired an old Elgin pocket watch owned by my Great Grandfather

    Information about the Elgin can be had if you get the serial number off the movement.

    The last two small numbers at the bottom of the Timex dial look like '76'. That would be the date of manufacture.

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    Re: Just acquired an old Elgin pocket watch owned by my Great Grandfather

    Quote Originally Posted by bjohnson View Post
    Information about the Elgin can be had if you get the serial number off the movement.

    The last two small numbers at the bottom of the Timex dial look like '76'. That would be the date of manufacture.
    Good eyes! It's '78'. Maybe this was an anniversary gift from my Grandmother.

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    Re: Just acquired an old Elgin pocket watch owned by my Great Grandfather

    Give us the serial number off the movement and we'll be in business for an ID. And you're right. Elgin is probably the easiest pocket watch to get fixed.
    Hands and crystal will likely not be a problem. If it's a rather mid grade Elgin it's even easier to get fixed because they made millions of them.

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    Re: Just acquired an old Elgin pocket watch owned by my Great Grandfather

    Quote Originally Posted by Ray MacDonald View Post
    Give us the serial number off the movement and we'll be in business for an ID. And you're right. Elgin is probably the easiest pocket watch to get fixed.
    Hands and crystal will likely not be a problem. If it's a rather mid grade Elgin it's even easier to get fixed because they made millions of them.
    The case is one piece of metal and it looks like the only way to get to the movement is to remove the dial. I'm nowhere close to having the know-how to perform this type of surgery, so I'll just update this thread when I have the chance to take it to a shop

    Hopefully the parts are readily available, I already have a nice display case lined up for this watch.

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    Re: Just acquired an old Elgin pocket watch owned by my Great Grandfather

    Looks to me like a screw back. However if you aren't comfortable take it to a watchmaker.

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    Re: Just acquired an old Elgin pocket watch owned by my Great Grandfather

    Quote Originally Posted by Ray MacDonald View Post
    Looks to me like a screw back. However if you aren't comfortable take it to a watchmaker.
    I went back and checked and you're correct, it's a screw back. It's so worn that at first glance the case appeared to be one piece.

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