Elgin 17J with date wrist watch, vintage mechanical manual-wind movement, beautiful champagne-toned metal dial with a brushed finish bisected with a wide strip of matte finish across the center and behind the date aperture at 3 o'clock, fancy raised gold markers and luminous 5 minute luminous-dot markers, dial has a few small specks of discoloration but no scratches or damage, date aperture has a gold beveled outline and the display is black numbers on a white background, gold steel baton-style hands with luminous inserts, heavy cushion-shaped yellow base metal (YBM) & stainless steel (SS) water resistant (WR) case with a beveled top edge, brushed finish, short heavy extended lugs and a glass crystal, case showing normal even wear, measures approx. 33mm wide x 39mm lug to lug, textured back leather band. An attractive vintage Elgin wrist watch from the 1960s in excellent condition!
17J Setting/Movement Type:
date display Dial Material:
metal Dial Color:
champagne Dial Details:
date display, luminous markers Case Style:
Base Metal - Yellow, Stainless Steel
Case Width, without crown:
33mm (1.30 inches)
Case Length, lug to lug:
(measurement range includes watch length & band)
leather strap Crystal Material:
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
If you decide to purchase this watch in its current non-running condition, we do
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.
with any further questions or for an estimate on any shipping delays.
Keep existing crystal
New plastic crystal (+$20.00)
Please note: if you add this watch with a crystal exchange option to your
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.