Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Elgin Grade 387, Is That a Bushing?

You never know what you're doing to find when you get into a watch...  Here's what I found on removing the dial from this one.  At some point in the past a really large piece was cut out of the bottom plate, where the lower balance jewel mounts.  I round piece of brass has been fit there like a sort of giant bushing.  I'm not sure what problem would prompt this...  

Here's the view from the top, after removing the balance wheel.

This movement is a grade 387, 16 size, 17 jewel Elgin, made about 1914

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Elgin Grade 150

Elgin's grade 150 is sometimes marked "150", and sometimes "Father Time". This particular one, made about 1896, is not marked with a name at all.

This is a high end movement, 18 size, with 15 jewels.


Elgin Grade 318

The Elgin grade 318 is a 0 size, 15 jewel movement.  This example, in a stunning gold hinter case, was made about 1905.


An Unusual Elgin Grade 58, More

Here are a few more images of this watch.


Friday, October 24, 2014

An Unusual Elgin Grade 58

This Elgin is a "private label" watch, made at the factory with custom branding.  This was done for larger retailers or those otherwise with deep enough pockets for special orders.

This private label is extremely unusual having a skeletonized balance cock that, from the engraving work, was almost definitely made at the Elgin factory.

The watch is a grade 58.  It's an 18 size movement, 15 jewels, made about 1873.
The dial and the movement are both marked "Howland & Hayden".

 Learn more about your Elgin watch, look up Elgin serial numbers here.
 There's much more at the ElginTime home site!