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How can I tell if my Elgin pocket watch is gold?
Open the case’s rear cover and look for the markings “10k,” “14k,” or “18k.” This should be easy to see, as it will be impressed into the inside back cover. If one of those markings is visible, then your pocket watch is gold.
How do you date a pocket watch?
Remove or open the back cover from your watch and look for a number engraved into the movement; this is the serial number for your watch, and by using it, you can find the closest years it was made on these tables.
How do I find out what my watch is worth?
You can usually find the reference number on the dial, case back, lugs, or in the watch’s papers. Can’t find the reference number or model name? Use the Watch Scanner in the Chrono24 app. It can recognize 15,000 watches and tell you their current market value with a single photo.
What is the most valuable pocket watch?
The Five Most Expensive Pocket Watches Ever Made
- Patek Phillipe Henry Graves Supercomplication – $11 Million.
- Breguet Grande Complication Marie-Antoinette Number 160 – $10 Million.
- Patek Philippe Caliber 89 – $6 Million.
- Breguet Antique Number 2667 – $4.7 Million.
- Patek Philippe Star Caliber 2000 – $4 Million.
Do they still make Elgin watches?
All US manufacturing was discontinued in 1968, and the rights to the name “Elgin” were sold and subsequently resold multiple times over the years. The rights eventually were purchased by MZ Berger Inc., which manufactures its watches in China and distributes them outside traditional watch dealerships.
How do I know if I have an antique pocket watch?
You want to carefully open the back cover of the pocket watch to find the serial number engraved into the movement. You can then search the Pocket Watch Database or the tables provided by PM Time Service to help you identify your piece.
Are vintage Elgin pocket watches worth the money?
Depending on the year and material used for production, the vintage Elgin pocket watch can be an extremely nice addition to anyone’s watch collection. Purchasing vintage watches can be an expensive endeavor, but many high-grade Elgin watches can still be found in excellent condition for relatively reasonable prices.
When was the first American made pocket watch made?
Founded in 1864 in Elgin, Illinois, just as the American Civil War was coming to an end, the company released its first watch to the market in 1867, an 18 sized BW Raymond railroad grade pocket watch, which took six months to complete and sold for a whopping $117 (several years ago, it was purchased at auction by the City of Elgin for $15,000).
Why choose Elgin National watches?
The founders of the Elgin National Watch Company recognized that there was a need for good quality, reliable watches that could be sold and repaired relatively inexpensively using factory made replacement parts that didn’t require hand adjusting.
What kind of Watch is a Lord Elgin?
Lord Elgin Watch. The Lord Elgin collection were classic dress watches made for men, often with gold plated cases and leather straps, perfect for office wear with a suit or an evening out at a matinee.