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1891 Antique Elgin H H Taylor Railroad Grade Pocket Watch 18s, 15 Jewel, Lever Set, Train Etched Case, Chain, Runs E2084

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Antique Elgin Pocket Watches

Would you like to collect these beautiful antique Elgin pocket watches? They are both stylish and proven to be excellent investments. Reselling antique Elgin pocket watches has been witnessed a great return.

History Timeline of Antique Elgin Pocket Watches:

In August 1864, the Elgin National Watch Company, led by J.C. Adams - a Chicago watchmaker, was established and partnered with former associates of the "Waltham Watch Company". It was well-known at its era as "Elgin Watch Company".

In 1866, a city in Elgin, Illinois contributed 35 acres of land to Elgin Watch Company. As a result, its first factory was set up during that year. A B.W.Raymond, 18 size, full plate design was produced with the first watch movement by the Elgin factory.

The Elgin Watch Company continued to manufacture bombsights during World War II. Furthermore, other precision military instruments for the defence industry also chose the Elgin Watch Company to do business with. Until its closure in 1964, the Elgin Watch Company had produced half of the pocket watches in the United States in its lifetime.

The names of Elgin and Lord Elgin were first used by the Elgin Watch Company. Later the company had moved to Blaney, South Carolina - a town not far from Columbia, South Carolina. Because of that, its name was also changed to be Elgin, South Carolina.

After 1964, a company named M.Z. Berger Inc. acquired the rights to the name "Elgin". It mainly manufactures watches in China and sells them outside the traditional watch dealerships. For some reason, any Elgin-branded watches produced after 1964 are not associated with Elgin or the Elgin Watch Company.

1902 Antique Elgin Pocket Watch 16s, 17 Jewel, Side Wind, Etched Case, Chain, Runs E2089

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Antique Elgin Pocket Watches - Authentic or Not?

There are a couple of things that you need to consider:

  1. First is to check for an inscription at the back of an Elgin pocket watch or inside its cover such as a name, an abbreviation, or "Elgin".
  2. Second is to find out the Elgin pocket watch is 18-size (1.8 inch.) before 1869 and 10-size (1.5 inch.) after 1869. Make sure the watch is key wound before 1869.
  3. Third is to check the serial number of the case and verify this from this website: Elgin Watches: Watch Serial Number.

If the Elgin pocket watch does not have these things mentioned above, then it is for sure that the watch is not an authentic Elgin watch.

See also Elgin names here.

1908 Antique Elgin Pocket Watch 16s, 7 Jewel, wind up, 49.5mm Case, Chain, Runs E2206

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Antique Elgin Pocket Watches

The Elgin Watch company was well-known of producing many fine-looking pocket watches. Styles such as hunter-case, open-faced and railroad grade pocket watches are among a wide variety of styles.

A lid or cover that opens with a click is usually associated with the hunter-case watches. It is used to protect the watch-dial and crystal from dust, scratches, and any other damages. A lid-hinge at the 9 o'clock position and the stem, crown, and bow of the watch at the 3 o'clock position are mostly used to describe those antique and vintage hunter-case watches.

As its name indicates, open-faced pocket watches have no lid attached to them. A pendant located at 12 o'clock and the sub-second dial located at 6 o'clock are the typical attributes of an open-faced watch. A "sidewinder" watch is an open-faced pocket watch that has the winding stem at 3 o'clock and sub-second dial at 6 o'clock or the winding stem at 12 o'clock and the sub-second dial at 3 o'clock.

Although railroad grade pocket watches have no lid attached to them as well, they are famous for their reliability and accuracy. After 1908, the railroad grade pocket watches had to have the standard requirements in order to be approved for railroad service. They were required to be American made 18 or 16 size, fitted with 17 or more jewels, temperature compensated, adjusted to 5 positions, lever set, timed to +/- 30 sec/week, open-faced cases with the winding stem at 12 o'clock and etc.

Elgin pocket watches were highly appraised by their users in its time. Still now they continue to be added as a favorite make in the collectors' world.

The Conparison of These Three Antique Elgin Pocket Wtaches

1891 Antique Elgin H H Taylor Railroad Grade Pocket Watch 18s, 15 Jewel, Lever Set, Train Etched Case, Chain, Runs E2084
1902 Antique Elgin Pocket Watch 16s, 17 Jewel, Side Wind, Etched Case, Chain, Runs E2089
1908 Antique Elgin Pocket Watch 16s, 7 Jewel, wind up, 49.5mm Case, Chain, Runs E2206
1891 Antique Elgin Pocket Watch
1902 Elgin Pocket Watch
1908 Elgin Pocket Watch
Railroad Grade
17 Jewel
7 Jewel
15 Jewel
Two Dial Face
Two Dial Face
H H Taylor
Chain Included
Chain Included
Lever Set
Size 16s
Size 16s

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