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 1960's in excellent condition!
- Company: Elgin
- Jewels: 17J
- Setting/Movement Type:
Movement Details Test:
- Dial Material: metal
- Dial Color: champagne
- 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)
- Band Material: leather strap
- Crystal Material: glass
- Year Made: 1960s
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.
We do have a professional watchmaker that does all of our cleaning and repair work for us. To have your watch serviced before shipping, simply add this Cleaning/Service Agreement
to your shopping basket. The cleaning and timing service is $95, and depending on the time of the year, has a turnaround time of 1 to 3 weeks.
Please note that we provide this service in addition to the listed purchase price of our watches. If you do purchase this option and later decide to return the watch, this fee is non-refundable.
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.