Personal favorite Elgins

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    Personal favorite Elgins

    Any undiscriminating pocketwatch collector will end up with a bucket full of Elgins. 4 of my favorites here from my 40 year old rusty bucket. Left to right. 12 size Lord Elgin, 18 size Veritas. 16 size model 270. 16 size model 571. 12 size model 190. My first choice 1915 190. The 1950 last Elgin rr. 571 is considered their best overall performer because of late improved material and design technology. The 1924 fancy dial is an 8 position adjusted precise rr. accurate but too small for rr. Other 2 are best rr types soon after 1900.
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    Art, that's the coolest dial I've ever seen!

    What a nice looking watch it is.

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    Re: Personal favorite Elgins

    I guess you missed my Gruen of about same age. Its dial is Gruen made but Gruen bought some cases from Wadsworth as did Elgin for this one with silver and gold plated dial. The Gruen is thick solid gold with glass enamel. However, the case is 14k green gold; the Wadsworth mostly platinum with 14k.
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    If you mean the green gold VeriThin

    That is a very beautiful dial, but I still think the Elgin above tops it.
    I don't know much about PWs.
    I suspect that the Gruen dial is from Gruen.
    Is the Elgin dial from the Elgin factory?
    Is it metal and mother of pearl?

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    Re: Personal favorite Elgins

    Appreciate your interest. I have this slow loading computer arrangement
    for my 1 meg photos. Then I usually edit my poorly written text. Thus my time caused confusion. The Elgin dial composition is questionable. I thought it platinum as is the case and it does not show the usual diseased surface of silver, I was told it was silver and gold plate. Dial probably Elgin if not platinum. Dials and cases not usually from same source. This one is rare, but I have seen another similar.

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    Re: Personal favorite Elgins

    Platinum? How would you know if anything on the watch is platinum? I've had the badly pitted dials and the fancy ones like you got now, but I never thought about what they were made of. And how is a platinum case marked? I didn't think it was marked until the 1920's.

    I appreciate any response.

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    Re: Personal favorite Elgins

    Good question. Marked as shown here. Has typical grayish color I was told will look better when polished.
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