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Elgin Pocket Watches87 of 150Elgin Pocket watchThe American Watchmaker April, 1950
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    Posted 10 years ago

    dominichat…
    (3 items)

    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, 10 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, 10 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, 10 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, 10 years ago
      outch...well Its still a nice watch. Thanks for the info.
    5. pw-collector pw-collector, 10 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, 10 years ago
      Just put it up. Thanks.
    7. pw-collector pw-collector, 10 years ago
      dominichathaway,
      Nice watch, thanks for the photo of the movement.
      Dave
    8. Stevensvintage Stevensvintage, 10 years ago
      Very nice piece!
    9. pw-collector pw-collector, 10 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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