Having a fuel gauge is a handy thing, and that is precisely what the 4th hand on a wind-indicator displays - how much run time is left on an unspooling mainspring. The Elgin Watch Co was one of only three American factories to produce wind-indicators as a regular production model, and they were at the very summit of railroad-grade pocket watches, built to the closest tolerances of the day, using the very best materials.
Benjamin W Raymond served twice as Mayor of Chicago and was one of the businessmen responsible for the construction of a new watch factory in the nearby town of Elgin, Illinois. The company would first be known as the National Watch Co, and their debut model was named in Raymond's honor. This gorgeous 16-size 21-jewel example is also a BW Raymond grade in the wind-indicator Model 15, which shows how long the watch has been running (in hours) since it was last wound. The movement has gold jewel settings and a full set of conical screws, and was just fully restored for the next owner to enjoy for years to come. The Arabic dial is flawless and snowy white behind a set of matching and correct blued hands, and the 25-year gold-filled Crescent case is in fantastic shape with tight hinges, a sharp crown, a French bow, a new beveled glass crystal, and a blank cuvette (dust cover).
Manufacturer - Elgin Watch Co
Serial Number - 17269247
Watch Size - 16
Watch Model - 15
Watch Grade - B W Raymond
Jewel Count - 21
Winding/Setting - Stem/Lever
Production Year - 1912
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