Elgin Pocket Watch Serial Number

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  1. Elgin Pocket Watch Serial Number Lookup

On most Elgin pocket watches there are two serial numbers: Case serial number. Serial number on the inner movement. For valuation purposes the only one we should ever look at is the serial number on the actual pocket watch movement itself. By the opulent Jazz Age, if you weren't displaying the exuberant symmetry of an Elgin wrist watch or carrying a svelte, distinctive Elgin pocket watch, then who. Always input the serial number from the pocket watch movement (the 'guts' of the watch). Never use the serial number from the case or any other part. If the serial number includes a letter, enter it along with the number when using the lookup feature.

Prior to Elgin's time, watches were made completely by hand, frequently by a single craftsman, from start to finish. Repairs could only be completed on such watches by someone with sufficient skill to fabricate replacement parts, from scratch, from raw material. Elgin watches on the other hand, were mass manufactured and highly standardized. Spare parts parts were provided by Elgin that were drop-in replacements for the originals.Elgin was extremely successful with this strategy. In fact, the company introduced more than half the watches made in America from 1920-1928. An Elgin advertisement in 1928 claimed that there were more than 14,418 retail jewelers in the United States and all but 12 carried Elgin watches.

Elgin recognized that craftsmanship and design were highly valued by the customer. A great deal of care and hand work went into these watches. The results were every bit as beautiful, elegant and as accurate as much more expensive competitors.

Elgin Pocket Watch Serial Number Lookup

Elgin watches are a product of a unique moment in industrialization and technological development. They were made on the cusp of mass manufacture, as we know it today, yet we would also say they were hand-made, and clearly by a labor force of significant skill. They are uniquely American, in every way.

Elgin Pocket Watch Serial Number

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Elgin pocketwatch works
This is the backside of a pocketwatch handed down to me from my great-grandfather. Using the serial number on the movement, I was able to date the watch to 1904. This photo doesn't do justice to the beauty of the movement.
Elgin pocket watch
This Elgin pocket watch was manufactured in 1927 - based on the serial number (30,594,868) on the watch's movement (top right) rather than the number on the case (4,583,283). The watch still works but needs refurbishing.