Elgin (Swiss) 17J grade 897 ladies' wrist watch, case #3974 S744340, vintage mechanical manual-wind nickel bridge movement with bold red ruby jewels, champagne-toned metal dial with raised gold Arabic numbers and markers finished with black enamel and a brushed finish has a few small specks of discoloration, slender gold steel fancy hands, lovely white gold filled (WGF) & stainless steel (SS) long rectangular case with a narrow bezel supporting the flat-top glass marquise-shaped crystal, stepped accents at each point finish in the center extended lugs with star-shaped accents, Elgin marked crown, case is showing normal light wear overall with a few small spots of brass starting on the lug ends, measures approx. 11mm wide x 32mm lug to lug x 7mm thick (crystal included), white base metal (WBM) mesh rope-style band with WGF rope guides, buckle clasp and safety chain, watch length is approx. 6 1/4". A beautiful, high quality vintage Elgin from the 1960s in excellent+ overall condition!
Note on band length: we are able to shorten the length of the band on this watch if desired; add a note to your order during checkout with the total length you require and we'll re-size the band for no additional charge. We can also offer a quote for a new band if you need a longer length or would like a different color of cord; please contact us directly
with your request.
- Year Made: 1960s
- Company: Elgin (Swiss)
- Jewels: 17J
- Setting/Movement Type:
- Model/Grade: 897
- Serial #: (case) #3974 S744340
- Movement Finish: nickel
- Movement Details: bridge layout
- Dial Material: metal
- Dial Color: champagne
- Hand Style:
- Case Style:
Gold Filled - White, Stainless Steel
Case Width, without crown:
11mm (0.43 inches)
Case Length, lug to lug:
(measurement range includes watch length & band)
- Band Material: ribbon/cord strap
- Crystal Material: glass
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 May 17th, 2022, 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.
This watch comes complete with an appropriate, intact glass crystal; however, on request PM Time Service can replace the current crystal on this
wrist watch for you. We offer new plastic crystals for most vintage wrist
watches; as this watch is currently offered at our
, please message us on Etsy when purchasing this item to request a new crystal.
Please note that the average turnaround time for all pocket watch crystal replacements will be two days from the placement of the order; wrist watches will typically also take two days, however we do not carry every model of crystal in stock and there may be a delay of up to seven business days as we order the correct item from our supplier.
with any further questions or for an estimate on any shipping delays.
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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