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    Vintage Elgin? WWII

    Anyone else have any Elgins?

    I have a WWII ordance that gets some wrist time:

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    And I got my wife an elgin from the 20's

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    Does anyone else have these watches in your weekly rotation?

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    I sure do...Elgins get a lot of wrist-time with me...This one for example
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    A Christmas gift from my wife. I just finished the service on it a few weeks ago...

    I like your military Elgin BTW.

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    Thanks! The crystal is new and the strap is NOS. the lume is all gone, but the numbers are in such great condition I can't justify even trying to get it redone....

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    Here's my WWII Elgin. I decided I didn't want to get it refurbished, it tells a story all it's own. The only idea I toyed around with, was having a glass case back made, I think the two toned stainless and gunmetal is worth showing off!Name:  image.jpg
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    Re: Vintage Elgin? WWII

    Quote Originally Posted by Rob845 View Post
    Anyone else have any Elgins?
    Oh, only about 120 or so, not counting ladies watches and pocket watches.

    Yeah, I'm a big fan of Elgins. I've been collecting them for about 3 years or so. They're underappreciated among collectors, relative to Hamiltons. Some of that relates to their relative reputations back in the day, some may relate to what happened to each company as they found themselves unable to compete profitably with the Swiss, and some relates to how much more information is available on Hamiltons.

    But Elgin made more watches than any other maker of fine watches (i.e. not dollar watches), and the sold so many because they made reliable, attractive products.

    And yep, I wear a vintage Elgin every day - a different one each day!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Datreedude View Post
    Here's my WWII Elgin. I decided I didn't want to get it refurbished, it tells a story all it's own. The only idea I toyed around with, was having a glass case back made, I think the two toned stainless and gunmetal is worth showing off!
    Before you go to the trouble of having a glass back made, try screwing the bezel on the back. I bet it fits, and if so, all you need is to find one of those folks on Ebay selling cases or case parts. You can buy an NOS A11 case for $50 or less, whereas having a class caseback made will probably be a lot more.
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    Re: Vintage Elgin? WWII

    Here is a rarer very early1916 (WWI) Elgin with offset crown at 1.30




    Less rare 1918 'crown and 12' at '3'


    and the ULTRA rare 1918 'offset' crown and 12 at '1.30'




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