I would like for the members to post pictures of their Elgin BW Raymond watches, to show the variety. The BW Raymond was a model offered from Elgin all the way from the start of the company, the very first watch was a BW Raymond with serial number 101 in 1867, and it was also among the last produced in the 1950'ies with grade 571. The model name comes from Elgin's first president Benjamin Wright Raymond, a former mayor of Chicago. It has been said that all BW Raymond were railroad grade when they first were produced, this may not be true for the 12s versions and later hunter case versions but the rest were pure railroad material.
I will start with my 23j 16s grade 540 of serial number 39948115. This grade was only produced between 1937 and 1940, with total production of 10,000 units. The watch is in an original Keystone J. Boss 10K goldfilled Streamline case, but I believe the bow and crown is not correct to the case.