Please help identify my old watch

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    Please help identify my old watch

    Just registered. My first post. I have an old pocket watch that has been
    in the family for many years. Sure would like to know more about it and
    possibly a guess as to what it is worth. Thanks in advance
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    Re: Please help identify my old watch

    We don't give evaluations here because it's impossible to do so over the internet, but if you can get the caseback off of your watch and photograph or write down anything that's written on the movement (mechanics) inside your watch, we should be able to tell you the age and quality of your watch (provided, of course, that it is a genuine Elgin).
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    Re: Please help identify my old watch

    Its not. That looks like a vendor pic, with the hands stragicially placed to obscure what looks like "ElGM" . But I can see the "Swiss Made" on either side of the sub-second dial, and I don't think Elgin ever sold pocket watches with swiss movments, unless it's from the 70's.
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    Re: Please help identify my old watch

    Oh you're right, Rob! I didn't notice that...*slaps head* This would constitute a fake then, wouldn't it?
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    Re: Please help identify my old watch

    yes, elgin did sell pocket watches with swiss movements. my mother-in-law brought me an old looking womans-size elgin pw to look at as it wasn't running. something was a bit off about the style and condition, but i'm not really a pw guy so it didn't really set off any alarms. then i opened it. swiss movement. she had thought it was 100 years old. i had to to tell her it was probably from the late 1960s.

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    Re: Please help identify my old watch

    Gets into a gray area, really. Your mother-in-law's was proably a "legitimate" Elgin, in that it was made for and sold by a company that had the legal right to use the name Elgin. But I suspect the connection was legal only.
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