The crystal is glass and perfect. It is almost always valued at what someone is willing to pay for it. This policy didn't last for too long, and around this same time, Elgin introduced a number of new grade names, such as the Overland, Veritas, Father Time, and Lord Elgin names. Most Elgin watches open by pressing down on a small indent on the top left of the watch and the case will click open. Raymond Manufacturer: Elgin Manufacturer Location: Elgin, Illinois Movement Serial Number: N796128 Grade: 571 Variation: B. By the late 1950s, Elgin had pretty much phased out the use of serial numbers.
While a certain number of jewels are necessary at vital points, an increase beyond this number does not always mean an increase in watch quality. Thankfully that is not that difficult to do. This was simply two layers of rolled gold covering a brass interior to make it look like gold. Never use a screwdriver to try to open a case. Culver watches grade number 62 , a small step down in quality from the first run. The case is a screw in back with a mirror finish no personal engravings.
I do not want to damage it so I prefer to ask. Wheeler's that were made were always of lower quality than the B. Very nice gold filled case marked case and times by Elgin. This is a stem wind and a stem set railroad pocket watch. Click on photos for larger image. The movement I have just cleaned the proper way and all 23 jewels have been inspected and cleaned then oiled properly. Please if you have any questions about the repair of your Elgin watch.
W Raymond dial in such condition is rare and hard to find. The serial number is 19641187 dating the watch to 1917. The serial number for this case is 6,644,869. Chris' explanation isn't as detailed as Kent's, but it includes pictures which can be very helpful. Elgin shipped their first wristwatch in 1910, and later manufactured the first wrist watch to be qualified for railroad service, the grade 730A B.
These were made at a time when watches were not affordable to the general public. For a longer explanation, see my webpage. This enables the mainspring to continue running the watch while it is being wound. Up until the mid to late 1870s, Elgin used to keep track of the different types of watches they made and had no concept of grade numbers. One wind of the crown and it takes off like a perfect oiled machine should. They should be able to advise you what you could expect to get should you take them to auction.
Elgin Pocket Watch Clearly the pocket watch had been designed for various types of railroad worker and it still fascinates me today. The serial number for this Elgin B W Raymond pocket watch is 16,214,212 and places this American made pocket watch to the year 1911. Bunn owned a grocery business. The crystal is glass and perfect not a flaw. Elgin also made a number of watches for a lady primarily to wear as jewelry. The last few runs may have taken years to sell, and watches may have been finished up very slowly.
To add to the good information posted by the others: According to the references listed in the Elgin Watch Co. This is a stem wind and stet model. Serial Number off the movement: Important! There isn't much information available about this time period. Elgin National Watch Company, Elgin, Illinois John C. I am mainly interested in these watches as they have a sense of history to me.
The balance end stone or cap as some call it, is a genuine Diamond. Summary: Elgin used several other systems to classify watches for sales, most of these are not well understood. The first company Directors were J. Summary Elgin made quite a few and in each size, there were different models. This story was told to me by none other than Mr Peter Kushnir himself and all records and documents are kept with him. The way that the 1894 Material Catalog lists the name for a run is not definitive. This is the ordinance maintenance guide for wristwatches, pocket watches, stop watches and clocks, published on April 6, 1945.
That is a really useful starting point and one that can not be disputed. Also, if you compare the bow on your case with the one in the ad for which Kent posted the link, you will see that the bow on your case is an incorrect replacement. Please remember there are two serial numbers on an Elgin watch and we are only interested in the one on the movement for initial evaluation purposes. The dial is enamel and double sunk with very few meagre flaws. The year of production is 1922 and runs like day one! Unfortunately, its original case was trashed a long time ago. The average pocket watch in these recessional times has dropped in value from a few years ago.