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  1. #1
    w6rlf
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    Default Elgin De Luxe Watch

    I bought an Elgin De Luxe wrist watch today. Given its price and general appearance, it appears to be of modest value, although it runs well and accurately. But I'm interested in learning something about it.

    The shape is basically square, with slightly rounded edges. The face is rose-colored; the 10k gold-filled case is close in shade to the face.

    I appreciate any information anyone has.

    Thanks,

    Paul

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    w6rlf
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    Default Elgin De Luxe Watch (RE: w6rlf)

    I bought an Elgin De Luxe wrist watch today. Given its price and general appearance, it appears to be of modest value, although it runs well and accurately. But I'm interested in learning something about it.

    The shape is basically square, with slightly rounded edges. The face is rose-colored; the 10k gold-filled case is close in shade to the face.

    I appreciate any information anyone has.

    Thanks,

    Paul

  3. #3
    Wayne D.
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    Default Elgin De Luxe Watch (RE: w6rlf)

    Hi Paul, if you let us know the serial number on the movement we can tell you when your watch was manufactured.

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    w6rlf
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    Default Elgin De Luxe Watch (RE: w6rlf)

    Hi Wayne,

    I'm pretty familiar with pocket watches, but I've never "opened up" a wrist watch. I assume I have to do so. Are there any "tricks" to doing so?

    In the meantime, am I right that this is somewhat of a "budget" watch?

    Thanks,

    Paul

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    Default Elgin De Luxe Watch (RE: w6rlf)

    This is probaly off topic here.But do wrist watches, Elgin for example, can i find my serial number on waynes Elgin website?
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  6. #6
    w6rlf
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    Default Elgin De Luxe Watch (RE: w6rlf)

    Wayne,

    I got the back off. On the movement, it says:

    "Elgin 555 U-S-A"

    "E931197"

    "17 Jewels"

    The case serial number is "E526303"

    Thanks,

    Paul

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    Default Elgin De Luxe Watch (RE: w6rlf)

    veritas,

    Yes. Some of the ww sn's come up fine on the Elgin site.

    w6rlf,

    Go here: http://elginwatches.org/databases/elgin_sn_intro.html

    Type in your serial number without commas and you'll get some information on your watch.

    Looks like yours was made in 1944. A total of 602,000 were made between 1940 and 1955.

    All this is from the website above.

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    Default Elgin De Luxe Watch (RE: w6rlf)

    The Elgin site has the serial numbers for the American made Elgins but not the Swiss made as far as I can tell. I think if the serial number starts with a letter the site will come back with no record.
    "Look, he is winding up the watch of his wit, by and by it will strike"
    Shakespeare The Tempest

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    Default Elgin De Luxe Watch (RE: w6rlf)

    Paul

    The Elgin site comes back with:

    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">E931197 E930001 9000 ? 1944 555* 8/0s h3f7p 17j U-A1P </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

    meaning your movement is a 17j size 8/0 made in 1944.

    Is there a symbol on the dial (star or a vertical line with a squigle through it)? This will give a clue as to when it was cased.

    Ron

  10. #10
    Wayne D.
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    Default Elgin De Luxe Watch (RE: w6rlf)

    Paul, all the past posts were correct about your watch movement. Also I would like to add that the E at the beginning of the serial number signifies 42 million and you just add the rest of the numbers to it, so your watch movement is 42,931,l97. I just bring this up because alot of collectors see the 42 and believe that is the year, which is incorrect.

  11. #11
    w6rlf
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    Default Elgin De Luxe Watch (RE: w6rlf)

    Thanks to all. I went to the elgin website and found the same info.

    Regards,

    Paul

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