Elgin OS 7J #20384348 ladies pocket watch, beautiful nickel 3/4 split plate movement with an extra fancy concentric circle damascene pattern, porcelain enamel dial with bold fancy Arabic numbers, red 5 minute markers and a subsidiary seconds register has some faint hairlines (not distracting), blue steel spade style hands, heavy smooth polish yellow gold filled (YGF) hinge back (HB) case with a deeply engraved front bezel with floral designs, small attachment at the bottom to connect to a wrist watch band or, as included, a decorative YGF tassel, fancy swivel-style bow and glass crystal, case showing only light wear overall but there is a small spot of discoloration on the back, likely from an improper attempt to test for gold.
This watch also comes with a lovely YGF bow-shaped lapel pin with deep floral engraving along the length, design folds over itself to secure the watch safely to the pin, back closes with a latch. A beautiful watch and pin set in excellent+ condition!
- Year Made: 1917-1918
- Company: Elgin
- Jewels: 7J
- Setting/Movement Type:
- Serial #: 20384348
- Movement Finish: nickel
- Dial Material: porcelain enamel
- Case Style:
Gold Filled - Yellow
- Crystal Material: glass
- Misc. Info: YGF lapel pin & tassel accent
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
We have included this watch in our Mechanic's Special section because it is currently in our office queue for maintenance. Often, a cleaning and service is all the watch will need to get it back to the level of running condition we strive for in our active sales catalog. However, on occasion a more serious problem may have presented itself with the watch. If you are interested in more information on the status of this watch, the anticipated maintenance needed on it, or to purchase this watch AS-IS, please contact us
If you decide to purchase this watch in its current non-running condition, we do NOT
offer our standard 30-day return on any Mechanic's Special items.
On these items, all sales are AS IS and FINAL.
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.
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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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