My quest to find an inexpensive watch to take on backpacking trips has turned into a new passion. I purchased a Hamilton Mechanical Field watch eta 2804 HW to start. After a couple Seikos, & a few more Hamiltons, I graduated to my real love, the Germans.
Vintage watch collecting is way out of my league, however, never in my right mind would I have thought I'd get so much enjoyment learning about watches and the different movements that drive them.
As for the Lord Elgin, it may have sentimental value to me.
I have to look at some old photos from the 50's to verify whether this Knight was worn by my father and not something he picked up at a yard sale during his retirement years. Although I'm pretty sure I remember seeing it on his wrist in some old black and white photos.
After many years of seeing and ignoring the watch, I decided to pull it out of his old secretary to evaluate condition and find out the make of this old golden watch.
The crystal and case is in good shape. No dings or deep scratches. The problem seems to be in the crown. It only turns counter-clockwise. Clockwise is frozen.
If it does turn out to be my fathers, thus having sentimental value, I'm considering searching for a watchmaker to see if it can be brought back to life.
Any ideas why the watch will not wind? I know the oils are going to be a major reason. Is it possible they're the only reason? Or, is there a common issue with the crown, which may have caused it to seize if miss handled.
Just wanted to run it past some knowledgeable folks who wouldn't mind pointing me in the right direction. Any thoughts, or ideas, you may want to contribute would be appreciated. If not, just posting some information about a time piece my father was fond of is a win for me.