Elgin 17J grade 523 ladies' wrist watch #36109712, mint nickel split-plate vintage mechanical manual-wind movement, matte off-white metal dial with raised fancy gold Arabic-style numbers has a light patina with some spots of moderate discoloration, gold steel wedge-style hands, beautiful yellow gold filled (YGF) long rectangular case with an art-deco style stepped bezel with slightly flared sides, thick glass crystal and geometric engravings on the center lugs, case is showing normal even wear with no brass or serious defects, measures approx. 14mm wide x 31mm lug to lug x 6mm thick (crystal included), new navy blue nylon cord band with yellow base metal (YBM) cord-guards and bracelet-style buckle. An elegant, high quality vintage ladies wrist watch from the 1930s in excellent condition!
Note on band length: we are able to shorten the length of the band on this watch if desired; add a note to your order during checkout with the total length you require and we'll re-size the band for no additional charge. We can also offer a quote for a new band if you need a longer length or would like a different color of cord; please contact us directly
with your request.
- Year Made: 1936-1937
- Company: Elgin
- Jewels: 17J
- Setting/Movement Type:
- Model/Grade: 523
- Serial #: 36109712
- Movement Finish: nickel
- Dial Material: metal
- Dial Color: ivory/off-white
- Hand Style:
- Case Style:
Gold Filled - Yellow
Case Width, without crown:
14mm (0.55 inches)
Case Length, lug to lug:
(measurement range includes watch length & band)
- Band Material: ribbon/cord strap
- 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 June 21st, 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 wrist watch for you. We offer new plastic crystals for most vintage wrist watches; you can select your desired choice from the dropdown menu below.
Please note that the average turnaround time for wrist watch crystal replacements will be two days from the placement of the order; 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.
with any further questions or for an estimate on any shipping delays.
Please note: if you add this watch with a crystal exchange option to your shopping cart
but later change your mind on the crystal selection type, you'll need to remove the watch from the cart in order to make a new crystal selection. Once that is done, you can return to this page and add that new combination to the cart. We apologize for the limitations to our system that prevent you making that change from the shopping cart directly.
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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