Kevin's NotesThis is the second watch in my collection, and the first one I bought myself. The attraction is obvious, the beautiful fancy dial. The watch isn't really that rare or collectable. The case is a plane-jane silveroid case that likely isn't the original, and 550,000 of this movement were made. The only thing going for the watch is the dial, and that's damaged.
I love this watch. I'm glad it's not very expensive, because I carry it around as my daily use pocketwatch. People love the fancy dial when I show them.
I guess you could say this watch sparked my interest in pocketwatch collecting. Shortly after I purchased this watch, I built this web page, started checking horology sites on the Internet, started checking prices of other watches on eBay, and spent more in pocketwatch identification books than I spent on the watch itself.
For more details see the entry for this watch in the Elgin Database.Manufacturer: Elgin National Watch Company
Movement Serial Number: 7244858
Case Number: 18299, stamped on:
Dial InformationDial Type: Fancy
Number style: Roman
Hand Colour: Gold
Hand Style: Louis IV (look like stylized french swords)
Case InformationCase Type: Open Face, Swing-out
Case Material: Silver coloured metal Case Decorations: None
Movement Information(Much of this information came from finding the serial number in "American Pocket Watches Serial Number Grade Book" by Ehrhardt & Meggers)
Watch Size: 18
Dial Condition: Below Average to Average
The bezel shows a bit of wear. There's supposed to be two rings of dots around be bezel but this has worn down to one set of dots around the 10:00 to 2:00 position. The crystal has a few minor scratches that are only visible when you take the bezel off and shine a light behind the crystal.
The case has a few minor dings on it, nothing too serious.
The dial has a large chip at about the 7 o'clock position that a previous owner tried to hide by using a pen to draw in the lines for the minute markers. Luckily the chip did not damage the gold hour markers.
There are two hairline cracks going from this chip straight up to the 53 minute and 54 minute position. There is another hairline crack that curves from the 34 minute mark through the centre of the second hand then down to the 5 o'clock position.
The watch runs flawlessly. I'm not sure if it has been previously repaired or not, and if so what replacement parts or alterations were made to the movement.
Known Watch History