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Posted 7 years ago

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My grandparents recently moved and found this watch in a drawer. Neither of them can remember where it came from. They gave it to me for helping w/ the move. The only info I've found on this watch is from the serial number...and that only told me the year it was made; 1898. The serial number is 7785175. I haven't been able to find any pictures of this particular Elgin anywhere on the internet. I haven't come across one Elgin pocket watch that has the seconds dial covering the number 3...usually that's at the bottom or top of the dial. If anyone can help me w/ info on this watch I'd be extremely grateful! Thanks!!!

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  1. argyjr, 7 years ago
    Also, the watch does not run. Thanks!
  2. wingletts wingletts, 7 years ago
    I see that there are initials on the back part that covers watch...can you see these...it looks as if was a WP or WG so it was monogramed for someone...
    go to ask .com and they will help with searches
  3. wingletts wingletts, 7 years ago
    http://elginwatches.org/index_pw.html Maybe this might help you, Good luck keep me updated on this.
  4. toolate2 toolate2, 7 years ago
    Your watch was converted at some point from a hunter case to an open face style. That's the reason your seconds dial is at the three and not the six. The hunter or closed case watches kinda went out of style after the turn of the last century. Since hunters have their winding stems at the 3:00 position and an open face watch has it at the 12:00, when you flip the movement around to fit the open face case your seconds dial gets shifted to 3:00... Here's a link that'll give you lots of info: http://elginwatches.org/databases/elgin_sn_intro.html
  5. toolate2 toolate2, 7 years ago
    Of course you have to buy a new dial to accomplish this...
  6. toolate2 toolate2, 7 years ago
    Here's mine: http://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/19197-1924-illinois-pocket-watch?in=user
  7. argyjr, 7 years ago
    Thank you all for the info! Any idea what it might be worth?
  8. toolate2 toolate2, 7 years ago
    If it runs and you put a bow on it--the little loop that's missing from the winding stem... Maybe $80.00
  9. argyjr, 7 years ago
    Great! Thanks again for all the info!

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