Elgin 0-Size wristwatch

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  1. Michael Maddan

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    Hello! I'm working on an Elgin, SN 16,158,497. Grade 354, Hunting. It's in a chrome, snap back & bezel cushion case. My question: when were chrome ww cases introduced in the USA? I have worked on quite a few 0, 3/0, and 6/0 USA watches over the years, and I suddenly realized that I do not know the relationships between when the movements were made, and when the cases were made...! As always: Thanks.
     
  2. Peter John

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    I have 2 chrome SnapBack Elgins. The back on one of them is nickel. The serial # is in the 29 millions so it’s around 1926. The other is with out a back so I made one out of bronze and fitted a mineral glass in it. It is a snap on fit. The movement in it is probably from a ladies pendant watch. The #12 is at the 3. The serial on it is in the 19 millions, about 1916. Yours is earlier than that, about 1911. I think that is much too early for chrome cushion snapbacks, so the movement has probably been recasted.
     
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    Homemade snapback
     
  5. Peter John

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    How do I post a photo?

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    I guess I figured it out
     
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    Maybe a topic for a different thread, but I'd be curious to know more about the case back you made,
     
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    I made it out of a piece of bronze barstock. I have a Sherline lathe. Machining skills are also necessary. I have made 6 watch cases over the years. Three are using pocket watch movements 10-12 size. The last one is a New York Standard-early 1900’s 10 size. That one was fairly easy.

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