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Pocket Watches621 of 1073Elgin Pocket watchThe American Watchmaker April, 1950
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Posted 2 years ago

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dominichat…
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You can slightly make out the train on the back. I'm not really sure what I have here. Someone please help shed some light on this for me. Thank you! I cannot open the back for some reason so I don't know the Serial Number on it, sorry.

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  1. thisoldwatch thisoldwatch, 2 years ago
    You have a beautiful Elgin with a Montgomery dial. The back should un-screw. You can use a rubber kitchen jar lid opener or even a rubber glove to help unscrew it. Look at the back carefully and make sure that there is not a small "lip" for a case knife, which would mean that the cover is a snap-on/off. I am fairly sure that it is a screw-off.
  2. dominichathaway, 2 years ago
    ahhh ha!!!!!! It is a screw off. Thanks for that info. case number is 4951409 serial number is 37327181. Can you tell me what was special about this watch? from what I have gathered there are supposed to be a vary accurate time piece because the train engineers would have these, the reason they don't have a flip open case is because it would take to much time to flip it open and close when ever second counted, am I correct?
  3. thisoldwatch thisoldwatch, 2 years ago
    You have a size 16s. 7-jewel Elgin grade "291" c.1938. Elgin made about 1.5 million of this grade. It is not a railroad grade as it would have to have at least 17-jewels and be a lever set. It is still a very nice watch and very accurate. It cost about $15.00 new.
  4. dominichathaway, 2 years ago
    outch...well Its still a nice watch. Thanks for the info.
  5. pw-collector pw-collector, 2 years ago
    dominichathaway,
    Don't be disappointed! Very nice dial. I would like to see a photo of the movement since you were able to get it opened.
    Dave
  6. dominichathaway, 2 years ago
    Just put it up. Thanks.
  7. pw-collector pw-collector, 2 years ago
    dominichathaway,
    Nice watch, thanks for the photo of the movement.
    Dave
  8. Stevensvintage Stevensvintage, 2 years ago
    Very nice piece!
  9. pw-collector pw-collector, 2 years ago
    Jason,
    Where did I refer to this as a RR grade watch?pw-collector, 17 hours ago
    dominichathaway,
    #5 pw-collector 17 hours ago
    Don't be disappointed! Very nice dial. I would like to see a photo of the movement since you were able to get it opened.
    Dave
    #7 pw-collector, 11 hours ago
    dominichathaway,
    Nice watch, thanks for the photo of the movement.
    Dave

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