Elgin 16S 21J adj 5p grade 156 pocket watch #6463734, attractive nickel 3-finger bridge movement with raised gold jewel settings, gold train & center wheel and an elaborate concentric circle damascene pattern, mint double-sunk (DS) porcelain enamel dial with gold letters (MBSMBBWAKGPR) instead of numbers, a subsidiary seconds register and a heavy-lined gold Masonic-triangle set with 10 small rubies along the sides in the center, blue steel spade & whip style hands, impressive yellow gold filled (YGF) hunting case (HC) with full crisp engine turning with elaborate floral and filigree designs at 12 and 6 o'clock and vermicelli designs around each bezel, one side has a large elaborate blank monogram shield surrounded by filigree designs while the reverse has a small center button detail, heavy French-style bow, case is showing only very light wear overall with hardly any smoothing to the engraving, notable are a few scratches on the dust cover along with short, light scratches on the back cover, measures approx. 50mm in diameter x 71mm in length x 13mm thick. An impressive, high quality watch from the late 1800s in excellent+ condition!
- Year Made: 1896-1897
- Jewels: 21J
- Setting/Movement Type:
- Adjustments: 5 positions
- Model/Grade: 156
- Serial #: 6463734
- Movement Finish: nickel
- Movement Details: 3-finger bridge layout, gold jewel settings (GJS), gold train, gold center wheel
- Dial Material: porcelain enamel
- Dial Details: Masonic symbols
- Hand Style:
- Case Style:
Gold Filled - Yellow, Gemstone
- Case Details: French bow
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 comprehensive article
about the company; additional information may also be found on Wikipedia
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 28th, 2023, 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.
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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