Dating a pocket watch

All of our antique wrist and pocket watches are restored to “like new” condition, whenever possible, WITHOUT altering the authenticity, original appearance, or quality of the watch.Unlike auction sites, or most of the other antique watch sites on the www, our watches are fully guaranteed for 12 months from the date of purchase.Many have gone out of business, while others destroyed records to save space.Some companies (as with the Gruen Watch Company), even lost rocords to fire or other natural disaster. I am sure they had no idea that their timepieces would someday be collected.The simplest way to identify an Elgin watch is first to understand that the Elgin production dates were between 18 so anything that is dated outside this range would not have been made or produced by Elgin.For the purposes of easy identification my advice is to ignore the serial number that you will find on the case.It is mostly found in 19th century and older watches, although some, if not the most accurate, mechanical Chronometers ever made employed a fusee movement including the famous Model 21 Hamilton ship's chronometer made in the 1940's Lever Set describes a watch that uses a lever to free the setting mechanism. After removing the bezel, and pulling the lever, the hands will swing free when the crown is turned.

If you click on the link I have just highlighted called serial number, that will take you to a serial number database for Elgin watches.I am assuming the main reason for this is there are quite a lot of fake or imitation watches on the market place.Certain individuals then try to sell these off as being the genuine article.Cases have been changed over the years and at the beginning many people bought the movement and then had a case made to fit it.The only time I ever look at a case is that once I have worked out the year the Elgin watch was made, then I try to see if the case it is in, has dates and age of a similar nature.Sometimes it is easy to answer, and sometimes it is impossible.

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