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    Default Elgin Watch Co. case serial no register

    I inherited a Elgin Montauk pocket watch. movement Elgin Ntl. Watch. Co. no. 6922714 / Safety Pinion.
    Case made by Fahys case no. 4977491.
    Is there a register or similar about the Fahys case serial no's for year of mfg., gold quality of the case etc.??

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    Smile Re: Elgin Watch Co. case serial no register (By: Edgar Schmitt-Walter)

    Although a lot can be learned about an American watch by knowing the movement's serial number, there seems to be very few surviving records from the watch case companies. So, other than studying the style of the case and making an educated guess as to which era it belongs, it is extremely difficult to trace the case's history. If the case still contains the movement it originally housed, an approximate date (within a year or three) can be assigned to the case. Also, there don't seem to be any surviving records from watch case companies linking case serial numbers to specific cases, their grades, sizes & etc. About the only way to find out more about the specific model case on a watch would be to go through old jewelry trade magazines and catalogs, hoping to find a picture of one that matches. The best place to do this may be the NAWCC Library & Research Center. Also, a number of case ads may be found in the "Documents & Pictures" section of Wayne Schlitt's
    Elgin Website.
    That guy down in Georgia

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