Elgin 21J adj. grade 719 wrist watch, case #7775 X668780, attractive nickel split plate vintage mechanical manual-wind movement with screw-down jewel settings, bold red ruby jewels and a matte finish, dial is covered by the case except for the display aperture at 6 o'clock, which displays the off-white background with slender black Arabic-style numbers of both the rotating hour and minute wheels behind a thick glass crystal, we have seen no defects or discolorations of note on the dial wheels, impressive round yellow gold filled (YGF) Lord Elgin marked smooth polish Chevron-model case which gets its name from the slightly raised chevron accent immediately above the time display aperture, sloping bezel and tapered extended lugs, case is showing normal even wear overall with a few small spots of brass starting to show on the lugs and a short but moderately deep scratch on the edge of the back cover, measures approx. 31mm in diameter x 37mm lug to lug x 10mm thick, distinctive yellow gold filled (YGF), stainless steel (SS) & black enamel expansion band with 3 square panels on each side of the watch, each with a narrow smooth polish bezel around a slightly depressed center square that is then filled with black enamel, remainder of the band is finished out with standard smooth polish rectangular expansion-style links. A very distinctive and high grade watch from the 1950s in excellent+ condition!
- Year Made: 1950s
- Company: Elgin
- Jewels: 21J
- Setting/Movement Type:
- Adjustments: 1-3 positions
- Model/Grade: 719
- Serial #: (case) #7775 X668780
- Movement Finish: nickel
- Movement Details: screw-down jewel settings
- Dial Material: metal
- Dial Color: ivory/off-white
- Dial Details: time display aperture
- Case Style:
Gold Filled - Yellow
- Case Details: Lord Elgin "Chevron" model
Case Width, without crown:
31mm (1.22 inches)
Case Length, lug to lug:
Interior Lug Width:
(measurement range includes watch length & band)
- Band Material: metal expansion
- Crystal Material: glass
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). By 1956 they had produced over 55 million pocket and wrist watches.
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 about the company.
You may browse all of our men's pocket watches from this manufacturer at our Vintage Men's Elgin Pocket Watches
This watch is in good running condition, unless otherwise noted in the description. This means that on receipt, pending any item-specific running conditions noted in the description, you can expect the watch to be winding and setting properly and to run smoothly while keeping reasonable time. We consider "reasonable time" to meet these basic guidelines:
- Railroad Grade Watches will be keeping +/- 5 minutes per day
- Pocket and Wrist Watches with 15 or more jewels will be keeping +/- 10 minutes per day
- All key wind watches and watches with 14 or fewer jewels will be keeping +/- 15 minutes per day
The above guideline is the lowest standard in which we would ship out a watch, however in most cases, you will see much better timekeeping. Most of our watches have been in storage for many years, so if you plan on carrying/wearing them everyday, you should consider having them cleaned and oiled soon, and then once a year thereafter to keep them in top running condition. If the watches will be for occasional use or display, they should be cleaned and serviced every 3 to 5 years depending on use.
As of January 27th, 2023, we are not offering a cleaning and service option through PM Time Service. While we do hope to offer this again in the future, we are unfortunately unable to meet customer requests for watch servicing at this time. Please note that, unless otherwise mentioned within the "Full Description" tab, this watch is being sold in good running condition and is ready to wear or carry on arrival.
Unlike modern quartz watches, most vintage watches need daily winding in order to keep the watch functioning for timekeeping. Additionally, there are a number of different ways to set the time other than simply pulling the crown away from the watch body. We are happy to provide an overview of each of the different setting types on our "How To Use" page
, where we also provide information on proper winding techniques for each style and some suggestions for the proper long term care and storage of your watch.
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