Elgin pocket watch dating serial number
Many Elgin watches that were made over 100 years ago are still providing reliable and accurate daily service to their proud owners.
During the last few years that Elgin was in business (late 50's through mid-60's), they began to reduce their US production and began importing Swiss watch movements which were finished and labeled as Elgin watches.
Some later grade without a serial number are marked with a grade number though.
The Elgin Watch Company (also known as the Elgin National Watch Company) was the largest American watch manufacturer in terms of total production volume. This identical watch, serial number 101, was sold at auction in New York in 1988 for ,000.
In fact, Elgin produced approximately one-half of the total number of better-quality pocket watches manufactured in the United States. In 1874, the company officially changed their name to the Elgin National Watch Company, and that name remained until they stopped producing watches in the 1960's.
Elgin watch serial numbers begin with their earliest watch, numbera B.
Raymond model made inand range up to just over 50, Some later serial numbers begin with a single letter.