Perhaps you are considering purchasing one? In many cases people have been left these old antique watches by their parents or grand parents. If so, then you will enjoy reading about these fantastic pieces of American history. The really good news is that Elgin has now ceased trading as a company. That means none of these watches will ever be made again. That always makes me smile. The average pocket watch in these recessional times has dropped in value from a few years ago.
The last Elgin movement made in America was produced in In between, pinning an individual Elgin down to a specific year and model can be a bit of a chore. Starting around , Elgin used model numbers to identify unique case designs. In the s, the use of model numbers was supplemented by individual model names. The model numbers remained, however, and are the key to finding replacement parts for Elgins of the period. Identification of a watch is a process, typically done as follows:
This page is not intended to be a comprehensive reference of watch movements, of which there are hundreds, possibly thousands. It is a small selection of often unidentified old movements that I have been able to positively identify.
Fossil watches are made pressure sealed, which makes battery replacement is a little difficult if not done with proper care. Fossil highly recommends that you send them your fossil watch for battery replacement simply because special tools are used to replace the battery. Spread your handkerchief on the surface that will serve as your workplace. Check the back of the watch. Find the slots where you will insert one corner of the screwdriver to rotate the back plate counter clockwise.
Once the back plate is removed, remove the nylon cover. Use the screw driver to pry the nylon cover up. With the use of the screw driver again, press the spring carefully until the battery holder is released. To seal the fossil watch again, repeat these steps backwards. For Twist battery replacement, follow the first step then remove the movement stem.
This was from a paper handed to me by a colleague who discovered it by chance several years ago. No author I’m afraid, but it is a fascinating read. In the attention of a number of public spirited citizens and capitalists of Springfield was called to the great advantage which would result to the city from the establishment and conduct of manufacturing industries. Even in those days men who were what we now term promoters were keenly active in various lines, and one of the pioneers in this profession was Mr.
He came to Springfield in and pointed out the benefits to the city, and the very possible and probable profits to be secured for the stockholders, of a company organised for the manufacture of watch movements. Attention was directed to the benefits which would come to the city in the establishment of an industry in which the chief expense of production was the high wages paid to skilled labor and in the bringing to the city of a large number of skilled mechanics and their families.
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It was real metal and it made me feel grown up. I wore it every day and then later passed it on to a good friend who was just getting into watches. It was another major milestone for me after getting a coveted job in the telecommunications industry. That was twenty years ago, and I still have it. Maybe for my 50th birthday. And we provide fine examples in each brand, from the bottom tier all the way to the top.
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One of the most important and prestigious American watch manufacturers was the Gruen Watch Company, founded by a brilliant father-and-son team of horologists, Dietrich and Fred Gruen.
Poljot chronograph Casio AE12 LCA liquid-crystal-analog watch Traditionally, watches have displayed the time in analog form, with a numbered dial upon which are mounted at least a rotating hour hand and a longer, rotating minute hand. Many watches also incorporate a third hand that shows the current second of the current minute. Watches powered by quartz usually have a second hand that snaps every second to the next marker. A truly gliding second hand is achieved with the tri-synchro regulator of Spring Drive watches.
All of the hands are normally mechanical, physically rotating on the dial, although a few watches have been produced with “hands” that are simulated by a liquid-crystal display. Analog display of the time is nearly universal in watches sold as jewelry or collectibles, and in these watches, the range of different styles of hands, numbers, and other aspects of the analog dial is very broad.
In watches sold for timekeeping, analog display remains very popular, as many people find it easier to read than digital display; but in timekeeping watches the emphasis is on clarity and accurate reading of the time under all conditions clearly marked digits, easily visible hands, large watch faces, etc. They are specifically designed for the left wrist with the stem the knob used for changing the time on the right side of the watch; this makes it easy to change the time without removing the watch from the wrist.
This is the case if one is right-handed and the watch is worn on the left wrist as is traditionally done.
From the very beginning, Elgin was finishing and selling over watches per day and were working on thousands more. So, it isn’t surprising that they needed some way of organizing and classifying these watches to make it easier to manufacture, for marketing purposes and for watchmakers to order parts to repair them. These three needs overlapped, and in some cases conflicted with each other, more over, things changed as the decades went by. The result is the somewhat complicated and confusing set of systems we find today.
Over the years, Elgin used the following systems to classify their watches:
The Illinois Pocket Watch Company is well described in this story written in This was from a paper handed to me by a colleague who discovered it by chance several years ago.
Signs of aging and wear History of the caliber Knowing when the caliber was first made and ended production would the first useful clue. A very straightforward example is the automatic diver which was introduced in to replace the aging model whose production years ran from to The had a market life span of eight years and was shelved by mid replaced by the current 7s26 caliber.
Pics courtesy of Chronograph. Seiko introduced these robust and workhorse calibers in and respectively. Neither calibers never made it to and to my best knowledge, Seiko ceased making s between and Why were they discontinued? My guess is these calibers were getting more costly to manufacture and at the same time, Seiko wanted to push its quartz technology to the watch buying public. Maybe at the time they thought that mechanical chronographs were obsolete and quartz was the way to go.
The discontinuation of the and movements also unfortunately spelt the death of affordable Seiko automatic chronographs, much to the disappointment to Seiko mechanical watch fans. An early from Oct left and a late production dating to Apr right. Complications in dating a Seiko watch will arise when production of the caliber hits 10 years or longer. Take for example, the 7T32 alarm chronograph.
These pieces are sold in unprecedented numbers. In Bulova introduces the first full line of men’s jeweled wristwatches. Bulova perfects a new concept in the watch industry with total standardization of parts. Every part of a Bulova watch is made with such precision standardized to the ten thousandth part of an inch that it is interchangeable with the same part in any other Bulova watch. This revolutionizes the servicing of watches in the industry. The supply is sold out within three days.
A watch is a timepiece intended to be carried or worn by a person. It is designed to keep working despite the motions caused by the person’s activities. A wristwatch is designed to be worn around the wrist, attached by a watch strap or other type of bracelet.A pocket watch is designed for a person to carry in a pocket.. Watches progressed in the 17th century from spring-powered clocks, which.
Honestly that is an impossible thing to achieve, so instead I have created an Elgin pocket watch appraisal article for you to read. The best experts in the world would not attempt this, unless they had the actual watch in their hand, and their trusty eye-glass with them. The price is also highly influenced by the going market rate. As I said earlier, what I can do, is to explain how to do an appraisal of your antique watch.
Hopefully this will at least help and guide you along the way. However please be advised that if you want an accurate value, then you need to take it to an expert. Ask for two quotes, as you will need an auction or real value quote and a quote for insurance purposes. The one for insurance purposes will typically have a higher value as it should cover the real cost of replacement.
Elgin Pocket Watch Appraisal Explained All genuine Elgin watches will have two serial numbers, one on the case and one on the movement. The only one in terms of value that you should look at and write down, is the serial number on the actual movement. When you have that then click on this table to get the year the watch was made. You now know the year which is always important in terms of value.
Now as a sense check only I would next go to eBay or other shopping sites online. There you will be able to see if there are similar watches for sale and get indicative prices.
Among the first companies to sell wristwatches, the Gruens split their manufacturing between two continents, exporting American technology to Germany and Switzerland, and bringing German and Swiss traditions of craftsmanship to America. Dietrich was born in Osthofen, Germany, in , and started his watchmaking career at age In he went to America and settled near Columbus, Ohio.
The name Bulova Watch Company, Inc. is adopted. Bulova perfects a new concept in the watch industry with total standardization of parts. Every part of a Bulova watch is made with such precision (standardized to the ten thousandth part of an inch) that it is interchangeable with the same part in any other Bulova watch.
It is a small selection of often unidentified old movements that I have been able to positively identify. I don’t intend to show movements with their makers names on them, because they are already identified. The idea of this page is to try to identify otherwise unknown movements found in the type of watches that I collect, which are principally Great War era men’s wristwatches with 12 or 13 ligne movements.
It is often difficult to identify movements from the shape of the top plates or bridges alone. Although some movements such as the IWC calibre 64 leap out to the experienced eye, other are less easy because of similarities between the products of different manufactures, and manufacturers altering bridge shapes for different customers.
In fact, the apparently huge variety of Swiss watches is explained by this phenomenon: Manufacturers altered the appearance of their movements by changing the top plates, but the basic layout remained much the same.
Players ante into a pot and take turns spinning the top. If it landed P1, P2 or P3, he would lose put 1, 2 or 3 of his chips, respectively, into the pot. By far, the most common rule is for all the players to add one chip to the pot if “O”, “All Put,” etc. Source of pictures of spinners for this page.
The history of watches began in 16th century Europe, where watches evolved from portable spring-driven clocks, which first appeared in the 15th century. The watch which developed from the 16th century to the mid 20th century was a mechanical device, powered by winding a mainspring which turned gears and then moved the hands, and kept time with a rotating balance wheel.
Those three date ranges are differentiated by the presence or absence of certain case and movement markings as well as the nature of any such markings, as explained below. In general, for all time periods, it is important to understand that Bulova watches never provide an obvious date of manufacture anywhere on the watch. Rather, the date must be “de-coded” using symbols, serial numbers, and two-character codes placed on various parts of the watch.
These codes and the manner in which they should be interpreted is the subject of this article. Many observers of Bulova watches are confused by the sometimes seen patent dates stamped on the inside of some Bulova watch cases, and they misinterpret such dates as the time of manufacture. In point of fact, those patent dates apply only to certain aspects of the case design and indicate only when those general designs were patented.
Those designs were used on many watches produced over a number of years, and the applicable patent date in no way indicates when any particular watch was produced. Below are images showing the two patent dates that often cause confusion. Inside case with June 10, patent date Inside case with January 11, patent date Pre Watches manufactured prior to are difficult to date with certainty. For example, movements made prior to do not bear the standard movement date code found on watches dated through
Below are some pictures of the movements in some of my watches. Swiss made, 15 jewels, circa ‘s. USA made, Hz, circa The Bulova Accutron was the world’s first electronic wristwatch movement, utilising the high frequency vibrations of a tiny “tuning fork” rather than the oscillations of a mechanical balance wheel to regulate timing.
Vintage Omega watches from the golden period when the company still manufactured its own movements in-house are one of our specialities. The quality of Omega production pres was extremely high and compared side by side, there is no doubt at all that the mechanisms in .
Watch movements come in three types: Below we explain the differences between them and their pros and cons. Most mainsprings are about inches long. Not all mechanical movements are created equal. The attention to detail and craftsmanship that goes into a watch will determine its smoothness and accuracy. Pros of Mechanical Watches: When the watch stops ticking, just wind it up.