Elgin ladies' 17J grade 902 wrist watch, vintage mechanical manual-wind movement, mint white metal dial with a matte finish and raised silver Arabic numbers and markers, silver steel triangle style hands, lovely white gold filled (WGF) oval case with a round dial aperture accented with a cut-glass crystal, stainless steel back and raised center extended chevron-shaped lugs with deep engraving that are each set with a small diamond, case is showing only light even wear, measures approx. 14mm wide x 25mm lug to lug x 7mm thick (crystal included), matching Spidel white base metal (WBM) expansion band with chevron-shaped lug connectors, each also set with 2 small crystals, and rectangular links with a vertical-line engraving pattern. A handsome vintage ladies watch in excellent+ condition!
- Age Description:
- Company: Elgin
- Jewels: 17J
- Setting/Movement Type:
- Model/Grade: 902
- Dial Material: metal
- Dial Color: white
- Case Style:
Gold Filled - White, Stainless Steel
- Case Details: diamond-inset lugs
Case Width, without crown:
14mm (0.55 inches)
Case Length, lug to lug:
(measurement range includes watch length & band)
- Band Material: metal expansion
- 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
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 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.
for 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.