By the turn of the century, American casemakers had perfected the art of using multiple shades of color simultaneously - yellow, rose, green, and others - all by creating alloys of mixing other metals with the gold. As good cases become ever more difficult to find, don't miss out on this intact and complete survivor from World War I.
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12-size watches are widely overlooked by collectors, almost certainly because none of them were railroad-acceptable, but the fact is that almost all of the American factories made several smaller models with higher jewel counts. As a result of most people chasing the larger ones, these usually have far less mileage and far less abuse because of fewer people working on them. This special piece is an original combination of case, movement and dial, and was just thoroughly restored for the next owner, and surprisingly all of its jeweling is still present and intact. The Arabic dial has a minor hairline around the 7:00 position and all three blued hands are correct, but the real attraction of this 105-year-old watch is the 20-year multi-gold case, combining a green and rose gold floral motif on top of yellow gold. The hinges are tight, the shield and cuvette are both blank, and the crystal is gold, so don't miss out. Matching lanyard and display stand included.
Manufacturer - Elgin
Serial Number - 20140496
Watch Size - 12
Watch Model - 2
Watch Grade - 344
Jewel Count - 17
Winding/Setting - Stem/Pendant
Production Year - Around 1917
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