Old elgin wrist watch with soldier box

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    Old elgin wrist watch with soldier box

    i have gotten an old elgin wristwatch from my grandpa which was his fathers
    if i posted some pics could you guys tell me if it is just a randon inexpensive was or maybe something more
    the box is an elgin metal box with a soldier on the front and stamped 1918 on the back

    back cover says
    elgin illinois
    elgin 14k gold filled center
    nickelback and bezel
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    Re: Old elgin wrist watch with soldier box

    It looks to be a very neat watch! Clearer pics would help a lot but you do NOT have a junker!!
    "Forever is composed of nows." - Emily Dickinson

    "The watch has to be surrounded by a history.
    You need more than just a great design. You need to create an atmosphere around the product.
    Who is the company behind it? Why are they using this material?
    People need to be able to identify the watch with themselves. It's based on emotion." - Ralph Furter

    ...that's just my opinion and I've been wrong before and will be again and might be now!

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    Re: Old elgin wrist watch with soldier box

    Quote Originally Posted by Eeeb View Post
    It looks to be a very neat watch! Clearer pics would help a lot but you do NOT have a junker!!
    thanks i dont know much about the watch
    just that my great grandma bought it for my great grandpa
    it keeps perfect time.
    dont know if the gold is real and have no clue what the nickelback means

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    Re: Old elgin wrist watch with soldier box

    Nice watch, most likely from the late 20's. gold filled means it's not solid gold but gold plated over a base metal.

    1929 ad, yours appears to be the top left one.
    Last edited by dgf67; September 13th, 2012 at 14:19.

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    Re: Old elgin wrist watch with soldier box

    Very nice. This watch would have a three piece, two tone case. The silver color parts are nickel and the gold color part is heavy gold plate. The movement is a 7 jewel Elgin. This is a basic, but good jeweled escapement - rather than a cheaper pin-pallet arrangement. I have several of these movements in watches from the 1920s/1930s. Parts are generally available.

    The 7 jewel movements are sensitive to being run without service since the ends of the gears are running metal to metal. I would have the watch serviced before running it for any significant length of time.

    Overall - a very nice watch, rarely seen with the box.

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    Re: Old elgin wrist watch with soldier box

    Quote Originally Posted by dgf67 View Post
    Nice watch, most likely from the late 20's. gold filled means it's not solid gold but gold plated over a base metal.

    1929 ad, yours appears to be the top left one.


    can you email me this ad so i can read it
    its kinda small
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    Re: Old elgin wrist watch with soldier box

    anyone have any clue on a value
    like a hundred bucks

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    Re: Old elgin wrist watch with soldier box

    Sorry, we don't give valuations on this forum. However, it is a sad truth that such items are generally worth less than you think or hope for. To you, it is a priceless heirloom, to others, it is just another old watch in need of a service, coming from a private seller without any warranty.....

    You would be better off looking after it and wearing it whenever it pleases you. If you never intended to sell it anyway, it's sale value should not interest you in any case.

    Hartmut Richter

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    Re: Old elgin wrist watch with soldier box

    Quote Originally Posted by Hartmut Richter View Post
    Sorry, we don't give valuations on this forum. However, it is a sad truth that such items are generally worth less than you think or hope for. To you, it is a priceless heirloom, to others, it is just another old watch in need of a service, coming from a private seller without any warranty.....

    You would be better off looking after it and wearing it whenever it pleases you. If you never intended to sell it anyway, it's sale value should not interest you in any case.

    Hartmut Richter
    watch runs perfect had it serviced this year

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