Elgin 12S 7J grade 303 pocket watch #25681831, attractive nickel split plate movement with steel winding wheels and a fancy concentric circle damascene pattern does have some light patina on the plates which is a cosmetic flaw that is not affecting the timekeeping, handsome silver metal dial with a pseudo-2 tone finish, outer ring has a matte finish under the fancy Arabic-style numbers while the inner section has a bright finish to the tight engine turning and elaborate floral and laurel designs, bright silver finish subsidiary seconds register with black second markers, dial has a few small spots and a bit of light patina starting on the left side of the dial but no heavy scratches or damage, blue steel double cross-bar diamond style hands, beautiful yellow base metal (YBM) screw back & bezel (SB&B) case with a vertical line engraving design behind the elaborate, fancy floral-motif blank monogram shield, deep floral engraving on the bezels and frame, fancy bow and thick glass crystal, case has a few small scuffs and scratches but is overall showing only very light wear, measures approx. 44mm in diameter x 53mm in length x 12mm thick (crystal included). An impressive, attractive vintage Elgin from the 1920s in excellent+ condition!
- Year Made: 1923-1924
- Company: Elgin
- Jewels: 7J
- Setting/Movement Type:
- Model/Grade: 303
- Serial #: 25681831
- Movement Finish: nickel
- Dial Material: metal
- Dial Color: silver
- Hand Style:
- Case Style:
Base Metal - Yellow
44mm (1.73 inches)
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 April 20th, 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; as this watch is currently offered at our
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Please note that the average turnaround time for all pocket watch crystal replacements will be two days from the placement of the order; wrist watches will typically also take two days, however we do not carry every model of crystal in stock and there may be a delay of up to seven business days as we order the correct item from our supplier.
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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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