How Do I Know If My Elgin Has A Screw Down Crown?

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    How Do I Know If My Elgin Has A Screw Down Crown?

    I can press this Elgin mechanical watch's crown in but it doesn't stay or anything. I don't want to mess with it for fear of loose threading it. The current position right now is where I can wind the watch. If I pull it out one more stop, that's where I can change the time.
    Watch newbie here, and I appreciate your help.

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    Re: How Do I Know If My Elgin Has A Screw Down Crown?

    If it does have a screw down crown, which it seems it does, it will need to be pushed in and turned for it to stay down. If you can push it into the watch and it stays, then it is a normal crown.

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    Re: How Do I Know If My Elgin Has A Screw Down Crown?

    Take a close look at the crown stem and see if it has any threading on it. That's the easiest way to tell if it's a screw-down or not.

    I'd be rather surprised if that watch did have a screw-down crown, since it is somewhat older and not a dive style watch. But what do I know? Eyeball it good and close and see.

    Nice piece, by the way.
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    Re: How Do I Know If My Elgin Has A Screw Down Crown?

    Yes Strange is correct most vintage watches do not have a screw down crown. Plus they are not water resistant. I wear vintage watches everyday if it's raining or I'm sweating much I'll put the watch in my shirt pocket. If the crystal does fog up usually if you can pull the back off it'll dry up in a few minutes. Rolex made watches water resistant with the oyster case but many brands did not follow suit until screw down crowns and screw on backs became popular in the 1960s.

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