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Elgin Grade 446

Elgin made the first Charles H. Hulburd, Lord Elgin, models around 1922.  Mr. Hulburd was the president of the company at that time, and these seem to have been a "special project" of his.  Elgin's Huburd watches have a unique case and dial combination, fit at the factory, and are a bit off from standard 12 size.  They originally sold for $325 to $500.  In 1923, a platinum cased model was added for $750.

The average price of a car in the 1920s was around $300.

The Hulburds feature an innovative minimalist design that stands out for this period.  Earlier versions did not have seconds hand, as this later example does.
Elgin marketing claimed that no two Hulburd pocketwatches are alike.

The bridge layout is unlike any other Elgin product, as is the finish and the regulator style.  Hulburd watches are also extraordinarily thin; the thinnest movement Elgin ever made.

This particular example is a 19 jewel watch, with the seconds hand, made about 1928.  It features a platinum case, snap front and back.
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