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.
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 Up & Down indicator grade 455 #22168525 pocket watch, YGF case
HP465 - This item is currently for sale at our Etsy Store.
Elgin 16S 23J adj. 5p LS Veritas Up & Down indicator grade 453 #20480319 pocket watch, YGF case
HP1092 - This item is currently available.
Elgin 18S 19J LS adj 5p B.W. Raymond grade 240 pocket watch #10981880, heavy YGF SB&B case
PM2847 - This item is currently for sale at our Etsy Store.
Elgin 18S 19J LS adj. 5p B.W. Raymond grade 240 pocket watch #9949652, YGF SB&B GB&B display case
PM2823 - Thank you for your interest! This item has been sold as of 12/19.
Elgin 16S 21J LS adj. 5p Father Time Up & Down indicator grade 374 pocket watch #19641343, YGF case
PM2960 - This item is currently available.
Elgin 16S 21J LS adj 5p Father Time grade 454 pocket watch #20556450, lovely YGF SB&B case
PM2820 - This item is currently available.