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Interesting Elgin late '20s or early '30s

Posted: Wed Jul 29, 2015 7:18 am
by brtime
I have come across this Elgin with an interesting case, and haven't ever seen one like it. The case is made by Star and features lug pins that are integrated into the case. The heads of the pins fit flush with the case. It must have taken a special bracelet, or a very thin leather band to fit into the slot of the case. I'll bet this wasn't a very popular seller for Elgin, because I'm thinking those pins popped out a lot and got lost! The dial is kind of cool with those Deco-ey style numerals. Nothing really special about the movement; it's just your basic Elgin 15-jewel. Anyway, images are attached, and I welcome any comments as far as model name (if any); whether it was featured in any ads or catalogs; type of bracelet or band attachment, or anything else you might know about it!

OK, I've added a tail end shot with the lug pin inserted. As you can see, there isn't very much space ... about 1mm each side of the pin. So the notion of a ribbon band is sound. Also, a Kitchner or Kitchner-style strap would probably work where a thin strip of leather would loop the ends, and then be secured to the main part of the strap.

Re: Interesting Elgin late '20s or early '30s

Posted: Wed Jul 29, 2015 7:47 pm
by mrtoad
That's interesting.

I'd like to see an end shot, with the pins in place: how much clearance is around the pins?

Re: Interesting Elgin late '20s or early '30s

Posted: Thu Jul 30, 2015 11:02 am
by afire
Whatever it is, it's very cool, IMO.

Re: Interesting Elgin late '20s or early '30s

Posted: Thu Jul 30, 2015 12:34 pm
by watchdoc
Ditto all the above! :mrgreen:

That is one sweet watch.

Re: Interesting Elgin late '20s or early '30s

Posted: Thu Jul 30, 2015 1:33 pm
by GLADIATOR
Yes, very interesting indeed
I like it a lot

Re: Interesting Elgin late '20s or early '30s

Posted: Thu Jul 30, 2015 2:08 pm
by diveboy
To my uneducated self, I'm thinking ribbon band?

It's very cool.

Re: Interesting Elgin late '20s or early '30s

Posted: Thu Jul 30, 2015 2:27 pm
by timeliz
Love it!

Ribbon band was my thought, also.

Re: Interesting Elgin late '20s or early '30s

Posted: Tue Aug 04, 2015 10:43 am
by brtime
Hi all: I've added a tail end shot with the lug pin inserted. As you can see, there isn't very much space ... about 1mm each side of the pin. So the notion of a ribbon band is sound. Also, a Kitchner or Kitchner-style strap would probably work where a thin strip of leather would loop the ends, and then be secured to the main part of the strap.

Re: Interesting Elgin late '20s or early '30s

Posted: Tue Aug 04, 2015 12:24 pm
by afire
I think you may have been on track with your first guess of a metal band. It seems way too masculine to have been a ladies watch, and I have a hard time envisioning Elgin marketing a mens watch with a ribbon band, though stranger things have happened (and perhaps somebody has some evidence to the contrary). I'd bet the unusual lug configuration was to give the illusion of a metal bracelet seamlessly flowing out of the case.

For a leather option, there was a discussion of the challenge of fitting a strap on the Hamilton Oval and somebody suggested Hadley Roma MS700 (which comes in various widths) as being particularly thin and supple. If you can get it in those slots by sliding it in from the side in the first place, I'll bet it isn't too hard for the pins to push their way through the strap holes.

Of course, the above is just one guy's opinion. An original ad would help.

Re: Interesting Elgin late '20s or early '30s

Posted: Fri Jan 06, 2017 8:54 pm
by 441victor
I tripped over this auction this evening and thought I remembered a post about this type of lug.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Classic-Mans-Ar ... Sw~OVWxKtA

Sure enough some searching turned up this discussion from last fall. If anyone is interested in collecting this model, I have no idea the number, this could be a rare and expensive opportunity. I can't manage the BIN price anyway. Joel