Elgin 7J #32358630 wrist watch, vintage mechanical manual-wind movement, mint nickel movement, off-white dial with baton style markers, Mercury 8 under Elgin, blue steel hands and subsidiary seconds, beautifully hand engraved bezel and frame on square chrome case with matching steel bracelet-style band, approx. 29mm wide x 35mm lug to lug, original glass crystal does have some scratches and a small flake near the edge at 10 o'clock (not distracting), we can replace the crystal with a new plastic crystal at no additional charge if desired. Nice watch in excellent condition!
- Company: Elgin
- Jewels: 7J
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- Band Material: metal bracelet
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 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.
On all but a few of the advertising logos, mainly Packard from the Hamilton company and Studebaker from South Bend, the logos would have been commissioned through a professional dial company after they left the factory to have the logo applied. For instance, a car dealership might have them added as a promotion, a motorcycle club would have ones done for each of their members, etc.
On the watch/logo combinations that may not match up on a timeline (the watch was made prior to the automobile company being formed, for instance), what we understand could have happened is, say for a car club, the members would need to provide their own watch to which the emblems would be added. Someone might have wanted a Harley logo on "Grandpa Bob's" old pocket watch, and would have had the dial pulled from that. Other than the Packard/Hamilton & Studebaker/South Bend arrangements, it was a free-for-all on the pairings and you could find just about any combination of manufacturer with the different logos.
We do also have a pretty good selection of the vintage dials that have emblems on them, but that are not attached to a watch yet. Often in the past, a customer would want a watch without the advertising, so we would just pull the printed dial and replace it with a similar-style plain dial, then set the printed one aside. If you have something specific you are looking for, please drop us a note
to see if we have anything in our stock that might work for you.
And, if you are interested in this watch without the current advertising dial, please drop us a note
as well. On wrist watches, we can give you a quote on what the current charge to re-finish the dial would be (typically it will run $35 to $75 depending on the dial style). On American-make pocket watches, we may have a replacement dial in stock and could exchange the current dial with an unmarked dial for a small fee. Most European-make watches would need to have the dial refinished to remove the emblem.
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.