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    Default Great buy for the cheep buyer like me, Elgin grade 112

    I am a bottom fisher collector compared to most of the collectors
    here with your really beautiful watches(and cases).
    I can't compare to you, but in my own low cost niche, I'm really
    having a lot of fun.

    I just aquired an 1890 Elgin Grade 112, 0 size, adjusted, 17 jewel with raised gold settings(2,800 made)
    for $15 dollars(on ebay). It's not currently running, but it was one of Elgins most expensive
    watches in 1890, $10 more than their best B W Raymond. I'm not bragging,
    someone else here could have just as easily paid the same $15 dollars for it.
    It just shows that no one collects 0 size, or no one collects broken movements.
    I can't think of any other thing I can buy on ebay(that I want) that would have cost someone
    over a months pay when new, and today I can buy it for relatively nothing.

    Rob
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    Default Re: Great buy for the cheep buyer like me, Elgin grade 112 (By: musicguy)

    Nice find.

    Half of my collection is size 0 or 3/0. I love the challenge of working on such small movements.

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    Default Re: Great buy for the cheep buyer like me, Elgin grade 112 (By: Candew)

    I love it...and you should be able to case it up on the cheap too.
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    Default Re: Great buy for the cheep buyer like me, Elgin grade 112 (By: John Cote)

    Quote Originally Posted by John Cote View Post
    I love it...and you should be able to case it up on the cheap too.
    I figured I'd look for a non working 0s listed on E-bay to find a reasonably priced case.
    I've had some bad luck buying cases in the past.


    Rob

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    Default Re: Great buy for the cheep buyer like me, Elgin grade 112 (By: musicguy)

    Yes - that works. If you can see it's got a dead 0s movement in it now, then you can be fairly confident it's a 0s case.
    Yes - there are not many avid collectors of ladies' watches. So there are some great bargains to be had.
    There again, it doesn't make a huge amount of difference whether you paid $15 or $50. The question is what will it have cost you in total by the time you've got it cased and running.

    Edit: I see this was my 1000th post here.
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    Default Re: Great buy for the cheep buyer like me, Elgin grade 112

    Quote Originally Posted by topspin View Post
    The question is what will it have cost you in total by the time you've got it cased and running.
    I only count the cost of the initial purchase when determining total cost.

    And I only use emoticons(which I don't love) to show I'm joking, sarcasm is
    sometimes misunderstood.

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    Default Re: Great buy for the cheep buyer like me, Elgin grade 112 (By: musicguy)

    By the way - if you want to be a *real* bottom feeder, search for
    pocket watch lot

    On any given day there is a high chance that somewhere in the listings that come back, you will find the result of someone's house-clearance scavenging, containing at least 1 item you like the look of (in among a load of random junk.) Last week I picked up a group of 6 assorted PWs (with chains) for about a tenner including postage.

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    Default Re: Great buy for the cheep buyer like me, Elgin grade 112 (By: topspin)

    I think you did well on that one. Those are great movements. I almost bought one in Ventura last month, but didn't pull the trigger. Nice high-grade watch. Congrat's.

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    Default Re: Great buy for the cheep buyer like me, Elgin grade 112

    While I keep looking for a hunter case for my Os, I found this
    nice coin silver with gold hinge(and crown) Open Face case(with Elgin movement) for $30.00
    (photo usage approved). In the photo there is a 1905 Elgin 0s 7j in it.
    I think it will look great in this case.




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    Default Re: Great buy for the cheep buyer like me, Elgin grade 112 (By: musicguy)

    I really like these silver cases with gold fittings, but I would hold out to find an open face movement for it.
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    Default Re: Great buy for the cheep buyer like me, Elgin grade 112

    My goal was to buy only one particular high grade 0s 17j movement, and
    I ended up with 5 0s movements.

    Initially I bought a non working 1890 17 jewel adjusted 0s Hunter movement. Then I bought
    a parts movement to fix the 17 jewel movement. Then I bought a
    nice open face silver case for it. But, as Tom said above I should use that for an open face
    movement. So, I then found a nice 0s Illinois private label(J. C. Neal Poughkeepsie, NY) open face for that
    case. For my original 17j 0s movement I finally got a Hunter case.
    Both cases that I bought had non working 7j 0s movements in them.

    ....................then I saw one on ebay that was complete(that I didn't buy)........ Doh!


    Here is mine.




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    Default Re: Great buy for the cheep buyer like me, Elgin grade 112 (By: musicguy)

    Nice looking little watch, musicguy. I really like the Breguet hands on it. Enjoy.

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    Default Re: Great buy for the cheep buyer like me, Elgin grade 112

    The watch in the photo above (1890 0s) that I bought was missing it's minute
    hand, and the hour hand was a twisted mess(but it was the Breguet hand style) .
    I wanted to replace the hands with the same exact hands my watch had.
    The parts movement that I bought looked almost
    identical to my movement(same hands) except it was a 15 jewel.
    The seller had it listed as a 1910 or something like that.
    To my pleasant surprise when I received it, the movement serial number
    was less than a 1000 off from mine, and they were
    actually made in the same year! The seller
    had the serial number and year wrong.
    It was a perfect match.

    As someone who mostly collects 18s watches this little
    0s is very nice. They call them women's watches, but
    I like them, and will have no problem carrying this one
    once in a while.

    Thanks for the good words!

    Rob

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    Default Re: Great buy for the cheep buyer like me, Elgin grade 112 (By: musicguy)

    Congrats - you have basically done the same here as I have done with a number of the 0s and 6s Waltham models. I don't really collect ladies' watches but it's very satisfying to assemble just enough bits to make a viable, nice watch from.
    So I can tick that model off my "one of every model" list, but don't necessarily start a "one of every grade in that particular model" list.

    Do you have a chain already sorted out?
    What do you plan to do with the left-over movements?

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    Default Re: Great buy for the cheep buyer like me, Elgin grade 112

    I agree the whole process is very satisfying.


    Do you have a chain already sorted out?
    What do you plan to do with the left-over movements?


    No chain yet.

    I will probably sell 2 of the movements unless someone here
    needs some parts.



    Rob

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