Imagine stopping at the local jeweler in 1941 on your way home from the factory. America hasn't entered the war yet, and you want a pocket watch that will be worth the money. You choose this high-grade Elgin from behind the counter, wind it for the first time, set the hands, pay the clerk, and proudly head home for dinner, feeling its steady ticking in your pocket. Want to be the next owner?
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Former Chicago mayor Benjamin Raymond helped choose the small Illinois town of Elgin as the site for a new watch company. Investors raised $500,000 in the early 1860s as the Civil War raged and construction began on a huge brick factory with Raymond as president. The first watch was finished in early 1865, named in his honor and retailing for $115, and the grade continued, even eighty years later. This gorgeous 21-jewel Model 15 is an all-original example - even the case is stamped for Elgin - and was just thoroughly restored with a new alloy mainspring for the next owner. Everything under the dial is present and correct, all of the factory jewels are in gold settings, and this was a railroad-accepted model, adjusted to multiple positions and temperature. The heavy Arabic dial is flawless behind blued spade hands and the Star case is in excellent shape with a pinstripe Butler finish, a tight bow, a sharp crown, and a new glass crystal. Matching lanyard and display stand included.
Manufacturer - Elgin
Serial Number - 39384873
Watch Size - 16
Watch Model - 15
Watch Grade - 478 BWR
Jewel Count - 21
Winding/Setting - Stem/Lever
Production Year - 1941
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