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8/0 size "Nun's or Nurse watch" grade 532 Chatelaine

musicguy

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This is my most recent acquisition(came in the mail today) I added this 8/0s Elgin "Nun's or Nurse watch"
to my collection. I already had an Elgin 8/0s Elgin grade 647 but wanted one with
a complete serial number (one without a letter designation in front of serial number)

Circa 1939 Elgin grade 532 with sweep second hand(with red tip) in Sterling Silver
hinged case. Chatelaine style. Nun's or Nurse watch.
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And here it is with a few friends it's 1949 Hamilton friend and 1946 Waltham friend.

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I went straight to the source with a question about these. "What makes it a nuns watch".

We had three nuns living in the convent at the time, age range of 65-75. Not one of them had a clue why they are called nuns watches.

She did say they nuns are supposed to be frugal and not have expensive flashy things. That's apparently why you don't see gold nuns watches.
 

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Very nice trio, musicguy. With the sweep second hand, could these watches have been used by nuns who had roles in the hospitals rather than teachers or other roles?
 
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Nun's-wedding ring? huh? Every one of the small watches that had the name and the letters Sr in front were silver, usually sterling and usually no larger than 3/0 size.
 

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