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Title Elgin Watch
Date 1906/ /
Description Small brass (or copper in gold plating) wrist watch. Thin leather strap. Watch dial has white background with Roman Numberals around edges and "Elgin" in small letters at the top of the dial. Bottom of the dial has small chronograph timer.
Catalog Number 05093
Object Name Watch
Material Brass/Copper/Gold/Leather
Made Elgin Watch Company
Inscription Text 12751648
Dimensions H-10 W-40 L-22 cm
Search Terms Watch
World War, 1914-1918
Condition Good
Condition Notes Some tarnich/wear alng watch face; some copper corrosion on rear
People Band, Sydney Willington
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Notes A search of a database of Elgin watche serial numbers revealed that serial number 12751648 was a Class 116: Grade 298, 7 jewel gilded pocket watch. It was one of 1,000 manufactured in 1906 (and of 196,000 made between 1904 and 1916.)

Wrist watches were not made by Elgin until later than 1906 so this was orginally a pocket watch which had the brackets attached for the wrist band.

The case was made by Keystone and had a separate serial number 8484239. Keystone operated between 1885 and 1927. In the early 20th century, you would chose your watch works and then chose the case you liked, and the watchmaker would assemble them for you.