Elgin serial # question.

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  1. timelyrestorations

    timelyrestorations Registered User
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    A customer just contacted me and informed me that he has an Elgin model # 352 which according to him, has a serial number ending in 00001. He feels that this was the first one of this model produced. His question to me was "if it is indeed the first of this run, does in increase the collectible value at all"?
     
  2. musicguy

    musicguy Moderator
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    I assume It's a G M Wheeler or Overland or unmarked 17 jewel Elgin.
    As an elgin collector, the serial number would be interesting to me
    but it wouldn't be more collectable for me(for this particular grade)


    Rob
     
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    Usually first serial numbers of a grade are important to collectors only if the grade itself is important to collectors. For instance, Hamilton 950Bs with serial number in the first 100 seem to be a bit more valuable. Very early 16s Bunn Specials are somewhat more valuable. On the other hand, early serial numbers of grades that nobody cares about...are still watches that nobody cars about.
     

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