Elgin 21J adj. Lord Elgin grade 670 wrist watch #R355628, case #4625 0868453, impressive nickel split plate vintage mechanical manual-wind movement with bold red ruby jewels and a brushed finish, mint champagne-toned metal dial with raised gold Arabic numbers and markers and a black marked square subsidiary seconds register is marked "Lord Elgin", faceted gold steel wedge-style hands, impressive yellow gold filled (YGF) square Elgin smooth polish case with a narrow bezel supporting a slightly domed glass crystal has heavy, fancy tapering hinged side lugs, lengthy inscription on back reads "D.S. Barnstead from your Carter Friends January 2, 1953", case is showing light even wear overall with a few small spots of brass on the lug ends, a few spots of moderate wear around the crown and where the hinged lugs move and a few small pin-point sized scratches on the crystal, measures approx. 26mm wide (lugs included) x 43mm lug to lug x 10mm thick (crystal included), fancy YGF & stainless steel (SS) partial-expansion band with band segments on each side of the watch composed of long oval smooth polish bands offset and interlocking to form a mesh pattern and connected along the back with expansion band segments of elongated "S"-shaped smooth polish segments. A very high quality vintage Elgin from the 1950s in an unusual and desirable case in excellent+ overall condition!
- Year Made: 1951-1952
- Jewels: 21J
- Setting/Movement Type:
- Adjustments: 1-3 positions
- Model/Grade: Lord Elgin grade 670
- Serial #: R355628
- Movement Finish: nickel
- Dial Material: metal
- Dial Color: champagne
- Hand Style:
- Case Style:
Gold Filled - Yellow
- Case Details:
Elgin, "D.S. Barnstead from your Carter Friends January 2, 1953" inscription, side lugs, hinged lugs
Case Width, without crown:
26mm (1.02 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 comprehensive article
about the company; additional information may also be found on Wikipedia
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 December 5th, 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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