Elgin Dress Watch 1927


In 1927 wrist watches where just eclipsing pocket watches and small rectangular watches was the rage.  Problem was that most manufacturers had not long developed round movements.  So fitting a round movement into a rectangular case was a problem. This was achieved  by stepping the case down to a slight bulge that is hardly noticeable, and a lovely design that is so characteristic of the age (was the Chrysler building built in the 20’s?).

With a gold filled case, a stainless steel back and a basic 7 jewel movement (Elgin 403), this beautiful watch was made for the budget end of the market even though (I’m guessing) would have cost a workingman several weeks pay.

I brought this watch for a song because it had no glass and needed repair.  Repairing it was easy, finding a glass was a mission but here it is; one of my prized pieces.


About robswatches

I’m a horoligical “petrol head”! I love classical mechanical watches, not because they tell me the time, I can get the time from cheap quartz watches, my computer, phone, microwave or just about anywhere. I’m interested in the movements of watches, the aesthetics of case design and their construction, the history and the simple thrill of watching tiny, beautifully finished wheels, pinions and other parts turning and oscillating and marvelling at the craftsmanship that created it.
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