Dating an antique pocket watch

06-Nov-2019 12:29 by 4 Comments

Dating an antique pocket watch

Later, their accurate “wristlet” watches proved to be vital to the WWI war effort, helping to fuel a craze back in the states for something called “The Wrist Watch.” 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 were you?Elgin had helped define the American pocket watch as unsurpassed in “Railroad Accuracy.” By 1930, the post Civil War dream factory imagined by a handful of American entrepreneurs had produced 32 million “time machines.” During World War II, all civilian manufacturing was halted and the company moved into the defense industry, manufacturing military watches, chronometers, fuses for artillery shells, altimeters and other aircraft instruments and sapphire bearings used for aiming cannons.

Those three date ranges are differentiated by the presence or absence of certain case and movement markings as well as the nature of any such markings, as explained below.

Let me start with some real basics which are nonetheless still very important.

Certain things have a dramatic impact on the value of your watch and these include: Does the watch actually work?

The National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors describes Regina watches as an inferior brand of Omega, but mentions that some were adjusted highly enough to be used as rail road time pieces, which was the standard for quality watches.

The use of Regina watches for railroad time keeping is documented on other sites as well.

Don't throw your Waltham watch away though as many people will buy it from you to use as spare parts.

As you can imagine there are a lot of Waltham pocket watches and those that repair them or various collectors are always on the look out for real parts.

These codes and the manner in which they should be interpreted is the subject of this article.

Many observers of Bulova watches are confused by the sometimes seen patent dates stamped on the inside of some Bulova watch cases, and they misinterpret such dates as the time of manufacture.

Raymond, purchased an abandoned farm 30 miles north of Chicago and built a watch factory there.

After a year of designing and building the lathes and machines to achieve seemingly impossible levels of precision, a team of watchmakers and mechanical engineers produced their first pocket watch movement, named for mayor “B. Raymond.” The watch was exquisite: Elgin National Watch Company was born.

By 1910, word of Elgin’s obsession with precision had spread around the world.