Elgin Grade 50, 15j, s/n 1792479

grtnev

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I came across this watch at a local antique store - not what I usually collect:
  1. but since I didn't have an Elgin convertible
  2. and this watch was still in its original case (these watches take a special case to accommodate their slightly thicker movement and those cases are not all that easy to find)
  3. and although it was not running (mainspring), the setting mechanism was working properly and the watch appeared to be intact
  4. and the price was under $60
I decided to go ahead and purchase it.

After COA and a new mainspring, it is running fine, -2 sec/day face up on my desk.

At the time of its manufacture, it would have been accepted by most railroads.

Another interesting aspect of this watch is the hand painted dial, typical of American watch companies through the mid to late 1880's until they learned how to use transfer lettering processes. The last 5 pictures are close ups of the dial clearly showing line thickness and density variations as well as slightly raised numbers - typical of hand painted dials.

Richard

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Kent

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Very nice; thanks for showing it!

Furthermore, I agree with this ...

... At the time of its manufacture, it would have been accepted by most railroads. ...
 
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Brad Maisto

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Just curious, have you “deciphered” the original owners initials that are on the case back? And you surely did get a great deal on that purchase, I rarely have that kind of luck at antique stores.
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Just curious, have you “deciphered” the original owners initials that are on the case back?
Brad Maisto, KY Floral #44 Secretary
Assuming that the main body of the letters have the multiple lines, my best guess (with my wife's assistance) is HRT.

Richard
 
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