Elgin 12S 7J grade 303 pocket watch #29620030, attractive nickel split-plate movement with a fancy concentric circle damascene pattern, porcelain enamel dial with roman numerals, red 5 minute markers and a subsidiary seconds register has a detailed gold Masonic compass emblem on the left side of the dial, dial does have some faint hairlines, black steel double cross-bar diamond-style hands, heavy white base metal (WBM) friction-fit case with a Butler finish on the back cover and a fancy bow, case is showing normal even wear overall but does have a few minor scratches to the Butler finish and on the frame near the front bezel lip, measures approx. 44mm in diameter x 53mm in length x 11mm thick (crystal included). A simple, elegant vintage Masonic-themed watch from the 1920s in excellent condition!
- Year Made: 1927-1928
- Company: Elgin
- Jewels: 7J
- Setting/Movement Type:
- Model/Grade: 303
- Serial #: 29620030
- Movement Finish: nickel
- Dial Material: porcelain enamel
- Dial Details: Masonic emblem
- Hand Style:
- Case Style:
Base Metal - Silver/White
- Case Details: Butler finish
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.
As of January 18th, 2022, 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 plastic 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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With the notable exception of the Masonic watches produced by the Dudley Watch Company (1920-1925), the Mason, Knights of Columbus and other logos would have been commissioned through a professional dial company after they left the factory to have the logo applied. For instance, all the members of a particular chapter may have received a specific watch when they were initiated or may have elected to have an emblem added to their own personal watch to commemorate an important date or milestone.
If you are interested in this watch without the current advertising dial, please drop us a note
. On wrist watches, we can give you a quote on what the current charge to re-finish the dial would be (typically it will run $35 to $75 depending on the dial style). On American-make pocket watches, we may have a replacement dial in stock and could exchange the current dial with an unmarked dial for a small fee. Most European-make watches would need to have the dial refinished to remove the emblem.
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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