There are several keys to determining the value of a pocket watch; they include adjustments, jewels, brand name, and whether or not the timepiece has been converted to become a wristwatch. All antique pocket watches are not created equal. Some of the most valuable watches are railroad pocket watches because they were produced with government-required exacting standards to ensure they kept accurate time.
The Illinois Watch Company was founded in as the Springfield Watch Co. of Springfield, IL. It turned out about five million watches before.
The first Elgin watch a pocket watch dates to The last Elgin movement made in America was produced in In between, pinning an individual Elgin down to a specific year and model can be a bit of a chore. Starting around , Elgin used model numbers to identify unique case designs. In the s, 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.
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Illinois Serial Numbers, Grade Determination and Dating. In seeking information about a watch, it is the serial number on the movement (the.
I Forgot My Password. Keep track of your watches, notes, service records, upload photos, and use our value guide! The Pocket Watch Database has compiled data covering the major American pocket watch manufacturers and created an easy way to find information using the serial number on the watch movement. Here are a few tips to find information about your pocket watch:. Login Email.
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The first company Directors were J. Stuart, W. Miller, John Williams, John W.
The Watch Codes are similar ones are used by many experienced watch collectors. Also the names that are marked on the movement have been abbreviated. If you have a quartz watch, one that uses a battery, one with a logo, instead of the name “Elgin” on the dial, or anything made after around , then you are pretty much out of luck. I have zero Elgin Pocket Watch Dating. American Lever Watches. Posted on May 12, by Elgin Staff 2 Comments.
[ELGIN] Pocket Watch Serial Numbers: Date, Grade, Jewels. Wristwatches, illinois, hamilton are some of shop huge inventory of the b. Hunter.
I have a Hamilton Illinois that has the same number on the back, still in workin condition and with it’s original box! If it’s the same watch as in this post then the answer to your question regarding date is above. Value depends on condition. Look on eBay for sold listings to get an idea of value. I have a watch with a Hamilton dial and an Illinois marked movement. Could this be an original watch sold this way or was it out together sometime during its life span??
Sounds like a B model of some sort. Depending on the dial and case it’s likely one of the many models that used up excess Illinois movements. My Hamilton also says L, but the back is gold colored and gold filled with no writing on the back at all. Is this different than the ones that have writing on the back of the case?
This is a quirky watch: an size pocket watch, Grade 89, from Illinois made these Model 6 size watches for a long, long time. I wonder what shoppers in thought of this watch. As a full-plate pocket watch, it looks pretty much like the Illinois watches dating to the s. In , size and size watches were the hot thing in pocket watches, and the shift to wrist watches was underway.
Illinois Pocket Watch, very early Illinois Watch Company Springfield model 13 movement Serial Number 2,, Production date of to Mark Illinois.
Wake Up The Easy Way. A Lady and Her Liquor. The Train Department. Between and sometime in the s when domestic manufacturing tappered off, Elgin made 10s of millions of pocket and wrist watches. The Elgin National Watch Company went completely out of business in Even though it had been, for a time, one of the largest industrial concerns in the world, today many people have no idea that America was once the world leader in quality timepieces.
Using this site you can learn a good deal about your antique Elgin timepiece. The serial number on the watch works, called the ‘movement’, can be used to look up production information on watches made by the Elgin National Watch Company. Note that the numbers on any part of the watch case, such as a serial number on the inside of the back cover, is a number that goes with the watch case only, and reveals nothing about the watch movement. Elgin did not make pocketwatch cases.