Posted 5 years ago
I found this Elgin watch at a second-hand store for a very reasonable price... second hand? - there is no second hand, just hour and minute hands :-)
I think it was so cheap because at the time I bought it, it had an incorrect gold plated mesh link band that was so badly worn, the base metal was showing through the gilt. It was a total mismatch being from the '60s-'70s era. I checked it to make sure it was working & keeping good time before I bought it.
When I got home I went through my box of watch parts and found that I had a new old stock 16mm plain black leather band, which was a perfect fit and made it quite presentable. The style of the case is simple, long, and slender. The dial features a white background with black tick marks, gold Arabic numerals, and gold hands. I opened the back of the gold filled case to see the movement, and the serial number dates to approximately 1934-35 depending upon the data from two different collector websites that list Elgin serial numbers and manufacture date tables. It is a 15 jewel movement and it keeps perfect time. I still haven't taken the time to do it yet, but I will take a cotton swab and some distilled water and gently attempt to clean up a bit of grunge on the white painted dial. I believe upon doing this, in addition to the new band, I will have approximately doubled the value of the watch.
I'm wearing it right now and enjoying how light weight and comfortable it is compared to modern watches. Not bad for an 82 year old timepiece, and it has been fun to tinker with!