Unusual 12s Elgin Giant Case

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  1. sderek

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    Just how rare are these cases? What is the name of the shape? How did I do on my choice of bow (the original was missing)?
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    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. Squite

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    I think it might be called a triad, but I'm not 100% sure.
     
  3. sderek

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    I bought it because I thought it was very unusual. I don't recall seeing many with this shape.
     
  4. Adam Harris

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    I suspect pretty scarce
    And I love it.
    Fantastic buy
     
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    My favorite shape is the one second from the right on the attached graphic in post #2...I think it's called a 'pear' shape, but there's a more formal name for it I'm sure.
    For wrist watches, I really dig the tonneau!

    Oh, and back to that Gruen case-shape diagram, it shows a triangular shaped bow with the triad...this may have just been Gruen's preference for bow shape, I'm not really sure.
     
  6. sderek

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    I did a little research and found the Encylcopedia article that mentions that the Illinois Watch Case Company marketed the Elgin Giant name. But there is some evidence that Elgin Giant was also the name of a separate watch case company, at some point in the early 1900's.
     
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    A similiar case, but of Swiss origin... this one is marked Sterling
     

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  8. Kent

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    Just to clarify this, as explained in the Illinois Watch Case Co. Encyclopedia article, "Elgin Giant" marked cases were made and promoted by the Illinois Watch Case Co. in the 1890s and into the twentieth century. It was by the late 'teens that unusually-shaped cases were made and marketed by the Elgin Giant Watch Case Co. which, as the Encyclopedia article points out, could have been run as a separate operation from the Illinois Watch Case Co. (which stayed in business into the 1940s) or it could have been a totally independent company.
     
  9. sderek

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    #9 sderek, Nov 27, 2012
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    Here's another example of an Elgin Giant case for you, Kent. This one certainly makes it look like it was a separate company, as it's marked "Elgin Giant Watch Case Company" and has what looks like a model name "Pride". The movement is a 1923 Illinois, and it appears to be original to the case.

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  10. Kent

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    I gotta admit, it is confusing. This 1902 Elgin Pride ad clearly shows that it was a product of the Illinois Watch Case Co., as does the 1910 ad below.
     

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  11. sderek

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    My case appears to be from the 1920's. Isn't it possible that the Elgin Giant company (along with the Pride line) was "spun off" as a separate company sometime after 1910? Has anyone tried to make a serious comparison of font styles used for the lettering?
     
  12. Kent

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    Yes, it certainly is possible.
     

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