Elgin 12S 15J grade 315 pocket watch #30405250, beautiful split plate nickel movement with screw-down jewel settings and a fancy concentric circle damascene pattern, distinctive off-white metal dial with a matte finish has bright finish silver fancy Arabic style numbers and a center baroque-style artistic design, subsidiary seconds register, dial does have some small spots of discoloration and a ring in the second bit where the hand has moved around but no heavy scratches or damage, blue steel cross-bar diamond style hands, yellow gold filled (YGF) 8-sided friction fit case with deeply floral engraved bezels, smooth polish frame, a fancy engraved bow, and vertical line engraving on the back with a fancy diamond-shaped monogram shield with an elaborate monogram, possibly "HR", case is showing normal even wear overall but does have a thin line of brass starting to show on the frame along with a number of small pin-prick sides depressions on the edge of the back cover, measures approx. 43mm wide x 55mm long x 11mm thick (crystal included). A handsome vintage Elgin pocket watch from the 1920s in excellent condition!
- Year Made: 1928-1929
- Company: Elgin
- Jewels: 15J
- Setting/Movement Type:
- Model/Grade: 315
- Serial #: 30405250
- Movement Finish: nickel
- Dial Material: metal
- Dial Color: ivory/off-white
- Dial Details: baroque-style center detail
- Case Style:
Gold Filled - Yellow
- Case Details: 8-sided
43mm (1.69 inches)
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 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.
We do have a professional watchmaker that does all of our cleaning and repair work for us. To have your watch serviced before shipping, simply add this Cleaning/Service Agreement
to your shopping basket. The cleaning and timing service is $95, and depending on the time of the year, has a turnaround time of 1 to 3 weeks.
Please note that we provide this service in addition to the listed purchase price of our watches. If you do purchase this option and later decide to return the watch, this fee is non-refundable.
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.