Classic watches, watchmaking, antique tools, history, vintage ephemera and more!
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This is a real nice Hamilton 992B, one of the most commonly used railroad watches from the 1940s right up into the later 1960s. This one was made about 1947.
This one, made in 1896, features a fancy dial with gold inlay details and gilt hands. It's unusual to see one of these fancy dials in such outstanding condition.
A wonderful thing, indeed, is a watch that has been with you for many years. With it you associate the fondly remembered yesterdays. But many others see it too, and with critical eyes undulled by sentiment. They regard that watch as they do the clothes you wear... as an index to your business and social standing. Can you afford to be so judged, and possibly discounted, when a new and modish Elgin Watch may be had for so modest a sum? And Elgin is conceded to be the world's standard for watch integrity.
Give her a Valentine gift
A compact exquisitely smart and alluring!
A gift that is useful
Yet glowing with glamour-
Elgin Americans always enamour!
"Heart's Desire" compact in sterling silver, $24
"Heart Afire" compact in jeweler's bronze, $5.95
Other compacts from $5 to $500 each
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