Elgin 16S 15J lever set (LS) adj. grade 3 pocket watch #3917797, handsome gilt split plate movement with a fancy plate layout, screw-down jewel settings, an engraved balance bridge and a matte finish, mint porcelain enamel dial with Roman numerals and a black marked subsidiary seconds register, blue steel spade style hands, lovely yellow gold filled (YGF) fully engraved hunting case (HC) with a design on both covers of a heavy border square supporting a ribbon and surrounded by large floral designs, on one side the square is a blank monogram shield and on the reverse is an engraving of a building on a forested hill, vermicelli engraved bezels and frame, inner coin edge bezel around the plastic crystal and a heavy bow, case is showing normal even wear overall with some notable smoothing to the engraving in places along with some thin lines and spots of brass starting to show on the bezels, frame and pendant, measures approx. 52mm diameter x 72mm in length x 15mm thick. A very attractive vintage Elgin from the 1890s in excellent overall condition, perfect for both everyday and dress use!
- Year Made: 1890-1891
- Jewels: 15J
- Setting/Movement Type:
- Adjustments: 1-3 positions
- Model/Grade: 3
- Serial #: 3917797
- Movement Finish: gilt
- Movement Details: fancy plate layout, screw-down jewel settings
- Dial Material: porcelain enamel
- Hand Style:
- Case Style:
Gold Filled - Yellow
Case Length, bow included:
- Crystal Material: plastic
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 November 29th, 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.
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