Railroad Grade Vintage Men's Elgin Pocket Watches
In this section, you will find a nice selection of vintage railroad-grade Elgin (or the earlier National Watch Co.) pocket watches that are typically considered gent's size, although in many cases would also be appropriate for a woman to carry. The Elgin watch company, out of Elgin, Illinois, was in business from 1864-1964, and while active, was the largest-producing American watch company, manufacturing an estimated half of all pocket watches ("dollar" watches not included).
To be a railroad grade watch, the following criteria must be met:
- be 16S or 18S
- have 17 or more jewels
- be lever set
- be in an open face case
- be adjusted to 5 or more positions
- have easily-legible Arabic dial numerals
As an additional resource, we've posted a Serial Number Production List which includes information for Elgin serial numbers and dates of manufacture.
The NAWCC also has a Wikipedia.about the company; additional information may also be found on
For further information, examples, photos, and notes on how to wear our various styles of watches and watch accessories, please visit our How-To-Wear Guide.
Elgin 16S 19J LS adj. 5p B.W. Raymond grade 455 pocket watch #22792334, Elgin Giant GGF SB&B case
PM3017 - This item is currently for sale at our Etsy Store
Elgin 16S 21J LS adj. 8p B.W. Raymond grade 571 pocket watch #N798857, attractive YGF SB&B case
PM3067 - This item is currently for sale at our Etsy Store