Elgin watch dating

elgin watch dating

How do I identify an Elgin Watch?

First, establish that the watch is, in fact an Elgin. Second, attempt to identify the model by matching the case to known examples (or to identification resources). If that fails, identify and date the movement to narrow your search and try again to identify the case. We look at each of these issues, below. Is it really an Elgin?

What is the difference between Elgin and Hamilton Watches?

The Elgin and Hamilton were dated by serial number, while the Gruen was dated by an inscription on the back. The New Haven was dated by looking at the style of the watch.

When was the first Elgin Watch made?

The first Elgin watch (a pocket watch) dates to 1867. The last Elgin movement made in America was produced in 1968.

When did Elgin stop including serial numbers on their movements?

Elgin stopped including serial numbers on their movements around 1956. While we may be able to establish the date the movement was manufactured, it does not tell us when the watch was assembled. Sometimes movements sat on the shelf for years before being inserted into a case and put into distribution.

How to identify an Elgin pocket watch?

The process of identifying authentic Elgin watches is a bit multifaceted and involves various steps. Here are the main steps you need to follow when identifying an Elgin pocket watch: Try to identify the model by matching the case to known examples (or to identification resources)

Where is the stem located on a 1911 Elgin pocket watch?

Front of an Elgin pocket watch from 1911 in a hunter-style closed case with the stem located at the 3 oclock position. Pocket watch with opened cover plate. Movement of the same pocket watch.

How to identify Elgin National Watch Company Private Label Watches?

Since the Elgin National Watch Company produced many private label watches under different brand names and with different cases, you need to check if the watch you have is a private label Elgin by browsing the NAWCC’s Private Label Database. To identify the Elgin model, you have to rely on its case.

When was the first Elgin Watch made?

The first Elgin watch (a pocket watch) dates to 1867. The last Elgin movement made in America was produced in 1968.

Why does my Elgin Watch have a single letter serial number?

In the 1930s, Elgin began using a single-letter prefix to replace the millions digits on their serial numbers. So if your Elgin watch has a serial number starting with a letter, you must determine the millions digits from the table below in order to determine the full serial number.

When did Elgin National Watch Company go out of business?

The Elgin National Watch Company went out of business in 1964. They never made any battery-powered, quartz watches. If you have a recently-purchased, modern Elgin watch, please see our Modern Elgin Watch page for more information. Be sure to use the serial number on the movement (the works) of the watch.

When did Elgin start using model numbers?

Starting around 1932, Elgin used model numbers to identify unique case designs. In the 1950s, the use of model numbers was supplemented by individual model names. (The model numbers remained, however, and are the key to finding replacement parts for Elgins of the period.)

When was the first Elgin Watch made?

The first Elgin watch (a pocket watch) dates to 1867. The last Elgin movement made in America was produced in 1968.

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