Elgin OS 15J grade 130 ladies' pocket watch #7251659, beautiful nickel split plate movement with screw-down jewel settings, a fancy plate layout and an elaborate concentric circle damascene pattern, porcelain enamel dial with roman numerals and a subsidiary seconds register has a few very short, faint hairlines, blue steel spade-style hands, original yellow gold filled (YGF) Essex hunting case (HC) with a distinctive engraving pattern, upper sections of both case covers are smooth polish, while the center and lower halves are engraved with crisp, detailed vermicelli and floral designs in a sunburst design coming from the blank fancy monogram shield on one side, a similar shield with engraved sunburst lines on the reverse side, throughout the engraving are then varying sizes of engraved, facets 5-point stars, partially engraved frame, wrist watch connection on the frame at 6 o'clock so you may wear this watch as a wrist watch if desired, glass crystal and engraving on the dust cover reading "From Mamma to Libbie".
Additionally, the interior of the back case cover still contains the paper information sheet from the case manufacturer, the paper is friction fit into the back and can be removed without damage to the case if desired. Case is showing only very light even wear overall with hardly any smoothing to the engraving, however there is a short but deep scratch on the edge of one cover and on the crystal bezel, possibly from a crude gold testing attempt, measures approx. 35mm in diameter x 52mm in length x 10mm thick. A very impressive, high quality vintage watch from the late 1800s with the rare find of a documented original case in excellent condition!
- Year Made: 1898-1899
- Jewels: 15J
- Setting/Movement Type:
- Model/Grade: 130
- Serial #: 7251659
- Movement Finish: nickel
- Movement Details: fancy plate layout, screw-down jewel settings
- Dial Material: porcelain enamel
- Hand Style:
- Case Style:
Gold Filled - Yellow
- Case Details:
Essex, wrist watch attachment, original case papers
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 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 November 29th, 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.
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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