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An Elgin case report...

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...on a Wadsworth case.

This post shows an interesting snap-back water resistant Elgin watch case by Wadsworth from circa 1955-1965.

First - assembling a late Elgin 687 movement:



Gotta admit - this movement is small and not so pleasant to work on as the big ones, where everything is so big and easy.
It's a late movement with rather crude, unattractive finish, but full jeweled. A shock resistant (shockmaster) movement with Incabloc on balance bearings.
There's not much to comment on here, and the movement is not the subject, so I could as well skip this part.

The watch has an interesting case:



The caseback says "water resistant" which is rather unusual on snap-back cases,
This case is specially designed, though - there is a 'core' that holds the movement, which has a crown tube for a crown with gasket. There is specially shaped crystal with a square gasket. And there is a square, tightly pressed in caseback (with matching slots in the case) that should also have a gasket, I believe.
Notice, the movement has no case screws - it's all held together by tight fitting and gaskets.
The crystal gets in the case first, then the movement installed in the 'core', then the snap-on caseback.



The watch has a steel back and base metal, chrome plated, bezel. It's square, and it's shape is rather obsolete, not fashionable any more.



I replaced the modern mesh band with leather strap I prefer.
An interesting, but - so to say - over complicated case, with a crystal so difficult to replace.
Certainly a good quality watch, no doubt about that.






And a good addition to my Elgin watch collection
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  1. GeneJockey's Avatar
    That is an Elgin 'Ontario'.

    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v7...psf447903b.jpg

    You're right - there are supposed to be gaskets between the crystal and the movement-holding frame, and another between the frame and the caseback.

    There's a mate to it in gold filled called the Panama.
  2. pmwas's Avatar
    Is there anything you don't know about Elgin watches ?
    Thanks again!!!
  3. GeneJockey's Avatar
    "Is there anything you don't know about Elgin watches ?

    How to stop buying them. Just picked up a 5-digit Mat. Laflin movement yesterday, while still in the midst of a GM Wheeler in the 135XXX range. And it all started when I bought one Lord Elgin...
  4. pmwas's Avatar
    Yes, that usually starts with getting one watch and at some point - it can't be stopped