Elgin 3-OS 7J grade 418 ladies' pocket watch #20384348, handsome nickel split-plate movement with a fancy concentric circle damascene pattern, mint porcelain enamel dial with fancy Arabic-style numbers, red 5 minute markers and a subsidiary seconds register, blue steel spade and whip style hands, heavy yellow gold filled (YGF) hinge-back (HB) case, smooth polish back and frame with delicate floral and geometric engraving on the front bezel, glass crystal, fancy swivel-style bow and a wrist watch attachment on the frame at 6 o'clock which is currently supporting a decorative YGF 3-strand tassel, tassel can be removed so a watch band can be attached if desired, case is showing normal even wear however there is a small spot of discoloration on the back, possibly from an improper gold test, watch-only measures approx. 31mm in diameter x 40mm in length x 9mm thick (crystal included) with the tassel measuring an additional 40mm in length.
This watch also comes paired with a YGF fancy bow-style lapel pin, pin design has a wavy design on the double loops with delicate floral and geometric engraving, hook to hold the watch is finished with a fleur-de-lis detail, pin is showing light even wear with the clasp in good condition, measures approx. 30mm wide x 19mm tall x 11mm thick. An attractive vintage watch and pin set from the early 1900s in excellent+ condition!
- Year Made: 1918-1919
- Company: Elgin
- Jewels: 7J
- Setting/Movement Type:
- Model/Grade: 418
- Serial #: 20384348
- Movement Finish: nickel
- Dial Material: porcelain enamel
- Hand Style: spade & whip
- Case Style:
Gold Filled - Yellow
- Case Details: wrist-watch attachment, decorative tassel
31mm (1.22 inches)
Case Length, bow included:
30mm (1.18 inches)
Pin Height: 19mm (0.75 inches)
11mm (0.43 inches)
- 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.
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.
To attach a watch, or other display item, to the pin, thread the bow of the watch through the hoop on the back of the pin before you wear it. Once you put the pin on your person, your own clothing will prevent the watch from being able to leave the loop. Because of the curved design of this hook, it would also secure a watch to the pin safely if a brooch-converter was used to turn this into a pendant.
For additional information on gold colors and how they are classified, please check out this helpful Wikipedia article