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  1. KBD

    KBD New Member

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    I have a question about a 1980s Lord Elgin, (of little value). I located the serial # which is 955112. The SN comes back to a grade 92 manufactured in the 1880s/1890s. That isn't the watch I have. The wrist watch I have, along with other items, was actually won on The Price is Right, in 1982 or 1983. It is a quartz watch and powered by battery.
     
  2. richiec

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    Being that the original Elgin Watch Co was out of business well before then, the serial number is useless except for the Japanese or Chinese company who manufactured it. A picture of the movement may help in identifying it by manufacturer.
     
  3. Chris Radek

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    Most of the rights to use the names of the earlier Big Names In Watches have been bought out. Illinois, Bulova, Elgin, Hamilton, etc etc. As you've seen, the databases deal with the original companies.

    The number on the movement isn't a serial number, that's the model of the movement. The 955.112 is made by ETA, one of the more prolific movement manufacturers based in Switzerland. One that old was probably actually made in Switzerland. These days you can pay a premium for a 955.112 that was "assembled" in Switzerland; otherwise they're made - um - elsewhere. Anyway, that's a pretty decent movement. If you're looking to get it running, let's chat.

    Glen
     
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  5. roughbarked

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    It is a decent movement and it is usually written on the movement; Swiss made or Ass. Swiss Parts.
     
  6. GeneJockey

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    Elgin spent the 1960s collapsing, unable to compete with Timex at one end and the Swiss at the other, and badly managed to boot. They finally became nothing but a name and set of trademarks just about the same time the first quartz watches were introduced.
     

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