Elgin 16S 7J grade 293 pocket watch #17901154, attractive gilt split-plate movement with steel winding wheels and a deeply engraved balance bridge, elaborate fancy enamel multi-colored dial with fancy black Arabic-style numbers over off-white background, each number is surrounded by delicate gold filigree half-circles and stars and is filled in with light green enamel to the pure white edge of the dial, silver filigree star and ball minute markers, light pink enamel interior section and a white porcelain subsidiary seconds register, dial does have a number of faint hairlines, blue steel spade & whip style hands, re-cased into a heavy smooth polish white base metal (WBM) screw back & bezel (SB&B) case with a gold inlay of a locomotive on the back and an extra thick glass crystal, case is showing normal even wear overall however quite a bit of the gold inlay on the locomotive has been worn down to the brass base underneath along with some smoothing to the engraved details, measures approx. 50mm in diameter x 68mm in length x 14mm thick (crystal included). An elaborate vintage watch, showing its age but still very eye-catching and attractive, from the early 1900s in very good condition!
- Year Made: 1914-1915
- Company: Elgin
- Jewels: 7J
- Setting/Movement Type:
- Model/Grade: 293
- Serial #: 17901154
- Movement Finish: gilt
- Dial Material: fancy enamel
- Dial Color: silver, gold, multi-colored
- Dial Details: silver & gold filigree, multi-colored enamel
- Hand Style:
- Case Style:
Base Metal - Silver/White
- Case Details: re-cased, decorative gold-inlay of locomotive
Case Length, bow included:
- 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 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 December 5th, 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.
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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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