Elgin 12S 15J grade 315 pocket watch #30194446, attractive split plate nickel movement with screw down jewel settings and a fancy concentric circle damascene pattern, lovely 2-tone fancy porcelain enamel dial with a very light pink center interior that changes to a crisp white background on the outer area of the dial, the 2 color sections are marked by gold filigree crosses and dots in a partial circle, fancy black Arabic style numbers and 5 minute markers, subsidiary second register, dial does have a few very small expert repairs, blue steel double cross-bar diamond style hands have been finished with a black enamel that is showing a small line of blue on the minute hand, impressive yellow gold filled (YGF) smooth polish 8-sided friction fit case has an unusual recessed relief monogram "HS" across the back cover, laurel and floral engraving on the bezels, pendant and fancy bow with a thick glass crystal, interior back case has been inscribed "To H. Speakman from A. Capone", case is showing only light even wear overall, measures approx. 42mm wide x 57mm in length x 11mm thick (crystal included). This watch also comes with a dark red leatherette C.D. Peacock, Chicago box finished with an off-white satin and dark maroon velvet interior with a fitted recessed cup to secure the watch.
We unfortunately do not have any provenance for this watch and as such we are selling this watch with the inscription as a novelty feature. The watch was manufactured in 1928-1929 and is era appropriate to the infamous American gangster Al Capone
. This beautiful vintage watch in excellent condition will make an interesting speculative piece to carry or display!
- Year Made: 1928-1929
- Company: Elgin
- Jewels: 15J
- Setting/Movement Type:
- Model/Grade: 315
- Serial #: 30194446
- Movement Finish: nickel
- Dial Material: fancy enamel
- Dial Color: white, pink
- Dial Details: gold filigree accents
- Hand Style:
- Case Style:
Gold Filled - Yellow
- Case Details: 8-sided, "A. Capone" novelty inscription
42mm (1.65 inches)
Case Length, bow included:
- Crystal Material: glass
- Box Info: leatherette C.D. Peacock, Chicago box
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 September 25th, 2021, 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 pocket watch for you. We offer a number of new and vintage crystal choices for pocket watches; you can select your desired choice from the dropdown menu below.
Please note that the average turnaround time for all pocket watch crystal replacements will be two days from the placement of the order.
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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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