Elgin Henslee Model 2203 Grade 730 from 1961.

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Elgin Henslee Model 2203 Grade 730 from 1961.

#1 Post by 441victor » Mon Feb 12, 2018 9:00 pm

It’s not easy keeping up with the Elgin crowd these days. With 5 or 6 serious Elgin collectors on the forum, I feel the need to show up with the double hand full of standard models in my menagerie at the very least. Everyone should have a nice Clubman, a Black Knight, a Futura and a couple of Thin Thins. There are some necessary examples I have been neglecting however. I don’t have an Ascot, Dunbar or Thornton to my name. But most egregious has probably been my lack of a Henslee to brag about.

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The Henslee has quite a history. The first ad appearance I have seen is in 1950 and they were still being sold as Award watches in 1965. They sported 6 different model numbers and ran at least 5 different movements US and Swiss. They were cased by 4 different companies in stainless steel, 14k and now we know for certain 10k solid gold.

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Here’s my newest Elgin, a typically engraved award watch given to a ten year employee of the Skiaky Brothers who started business in 1935. They supplying welding equipment used to produce WWII airplanes, modern jets and spacecraft. More recently they pioneered 3-d printing of titanium parts.

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This one in 10k is the first one I’ve seen with the 2203 model number. It’s has an extraordinary dial with a glow that has survived for 56 years due to good care and Elgin’s success at finally creating a well designed case seal.

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With several examples on ebay at any particular time, Henslees are hardly rare and always seem to bring good prices. It's not hard to find a great one but this is unique enough among all of them to be worth bringing my collection up to a higher standard.

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Re: Elgin Henslee Model 2203 Grade 730 from 1961.

#2 Post by stryfox » Tue Feb 13, 2018 6:23 am

Joel that is a great example. Like you stated many times the dials are pretty poor. Yours is excellent! First I have seen that particular case.
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Re: Elgin Henslee Model 2203 Grade 730 from 1961.

#3 Post by diveboy » Wed Feb 14, 2018 4:01 am

thats the first 10k henslee I've seen Joel.

would you believe I just added my first gold Henslee today ?
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Re: Elgin Henslee Model 2203 Grade 730 from 1961.

#4 Post by liveinthefens » Wed Feb 14, 2018 6:21 am

Nice looking watch in very good condition.

The inscription is interesting.
A very good friend of mine worked for Sciaky here in the UK they manufacture welding machinery.
Sciaky Inc is based in Illinois.

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#5 Post by GeneJockey » Wed Feb 14, 2018 3:00 pm

Not only do you have a Henslee to brag about, but it's also one of the less common ones! That counts double! :lol:
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Re: Elgin Henslee Model 2203 Grade 730 from 1961.

#6 Post by 441victor » Wed Feb 14, 2018 4:22 pm

Thanks all. You definitely make this forum a better place. It's hard for me to believe that I got a Henslee before Michael. Joel

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Re: Elgin Henslee Model 2203 Grade 730 from 1961.

#7 Post by stryfox » Wed Feb 14, 2018 6:47 pm

In all honesty the 730 is a boring looking movement but every one I have had on the timer is impressive. All the 23 jewel 13/0 movements are really impressive.
I wonder if this version of it was made in 10k to make the case stronger. It’s the only one I have seen.
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Re: Elgin Henslee Model 2203 Grade 730 from 1961.

#8 Post by Dadistic » Tue Feb 20, 2018 1:17 pm

Interesting! I actually worked for Sciaky Bros for a time, although 1961 was a little before my time. I was a wire monkey working on electron beam welding equipment assembly. Go a kick out of the stories told about the equipment they built to weld the hulls of I believe the Trident submarine.

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