Dating my elgin pocket watch
Harper’s magazine summed their sentiment perfectly: “It was the genuine, audacious, self-reliant Western spirit.” By August of that year this consortium, including then-Chicago mayor Benjamin W.Raymond, purchased an abandoned farm 30 miles north of Chicago and built a watch factory there.Although the lever watch was not invented in America, it was the USA who was responsible for the mass production of American lever watches.
Later, their accurate “wristlet” watches proved to be vital to the WWI war effort, helping to fuel a craze back in the states for something called “The Wrist Watch.” By the opulent Jazz Age, if you weren’t displaying the exuberant symmetry of an Elgin wrist watch or carrying a svelte, distinctive Elgin pocket watch, then who were you?
Table of Contents How to Open a Watch Case Why the Movement and Case Serial Numbers Are Unrelated Are Case Serial Numbers Useful For Anything? "Jeweler Marks" Accuracy of the Estimates of When Watches Were Made The Better Way to Determine the Date Serial Number Data Table While opening a watch isn't rocket science, a watch can be damaged if you try to open it incorrectly. If you really aren't sure what to do, take it to one of your local jewelers and ask them to show you how to open it.
While it is open, make sure you record everything written on the movement of the watch and the watch case. A good description of how to open a pocket watch case and background information can be found here, thanks to the work of Kent Singer.
These movements featured bi-directional, full-rotor winding, and had two automatic winding gear ratios, which were automatically engaged as the mainspring tension increased.
The contributions of the Elgin National Watch Company to American Horological industry cannot be overstated.
If you really aren't sure what to do, take it to one of your local jewelers and ask them to show you how to open it.