Vintage Elgin Pocketwatch Restored!

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    Smile Vintage Elgin Pocketwatch Restored!

    Last Christmas my father gave me his grandfather's pocket watch that he used when he worked for the railroad. I am told it does not meet all the requirements of a true "Railroad Watch", but it is what he used. I finally had the chance to get it restored, and I wanted to share the results with everyone.

    It is an 18 size Elgin, 15 jewel movement, SN:15522639. That serial dates it to a 1910-1911 production date. I am very pleased with how it turned out. My thanks go to Delton Brown in Little Rock for the repair work.

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    Re: Vintage Elgin Pocketwatch Restored!

    It cleaned up very nice, its a great heirloom to have! What case material is it? It might have been used by your great grandfather while working on the railroad, but grade 317 was never a railroad approved or railroad grade watch. You may see Elgin grade 317 here in a 1917 catalog (yours is from 1910 but the same watch):
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    Re: Vintage Elgin Pocketwatch Restored!

    Hey Hegemon!

    Whatever you paid for this to happen...it was money well-spent! What a stunning transformation!

    As Erik says, this would not have qualified as a railroad watch, but with 15 jewels, it would still keep excellent time. I think you're very lucky to have such a beautiful heirloom. My guess is that the case is silver or nickel.
    "Pipes are occasionally of extraordinary interest...nothing has more individuality save, perhaps, watches and bootlaces."

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    Re: Vintage Elgin Pocketwatch Restored!

    fantastic transformation!

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    Re: Vintage Elgin Pocketwatch Restored!

    Quote Originally Posted by Shangas View Post
    Hey Hegemon!

    Whatever you paid for this to happen...it was money well-spent! What a stunning transformation!

    As Erik says, this would not have qualified as a railroad watch, but with 15 jewels, it would still keep excellent time. I think you're very lucky to have such a beautiful heirloom. My guess is that the case is silver or nickel.
    I believe the case is nickel. I can't pick it up from the repair shop until next week, but I will ask when I see him.

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    Re: Vintage Elgin Pocketwatch Restored!

    What job did your great-grandfather have in connection with the railroads? It may be possible that he had a position that didn't necessarily require a railroad-standard watch...but just something that kept decent time.
    "Pipes are occasionally of extraordinary interest...nothing has more individuality save, perhaps, watches and bootlaces."

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    Re: Vintage Elgin Pocketwatch Restored!

    Your Grandfathers watch came out great

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