Two Tone Elgin

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Two Tone Elgin

#1 Post by Findingtime » Fri Jan 06, 2017 10:15 am

Bugging the Elgin folks again.

Just picked this one up. I see a couple that are close in the catalog thread, but all with a white gold filled case.

Anything special with the 2 tone case?

Thanks!
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Re: Two Tone Elgin

#2 Post by afire » Fri Jan 06, 2017 11:52 am

I can't tell for certain, but it looks like the case numbers match, in which case it's definitely legit.
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Re: Two Tone Elgin

#3 Post by grumpyguy » Fri Jan 06, 2017 11:56 am

Nice. Love the engraving. Let me peruse my ads and see what I can find.
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Re: Two Tone Elgin

#4 Post by Findingtime » Fri Jan 06, 2017 11:57 am

Case numbers do match.

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Re: Two Tone Elgin

#5 Post by grumpyguy » Fri Jan 06, 2017 12:05 pm

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Case looks similar on lower right?
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Re: Two Tone Elgin

#6 Post by Magpie » Fri Jan 06, 2017 4:08 pm

My guess is that the watch is a variant of Model 201 (shown among the Touchdown Series models in the 1930-31 catalog pages in the Catalogs thread on this forum). The movement of the watch Adam posted appears to be a 10/0, 7 jewels, and that checks out with the model in the catalog.

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Although that model is advertised in the catalog only in WGF and has another type of dial, it's quite likely that Elgin also provided it in two-tone, and with a different dial, giving it a different model number as a "new" model. This is a pattern that some of us have observed. (I haven't turned this specific watch up in a catalog or ad as yet, but there are quite a few Elgin mystery models for which I suspect we may or may not be able to find definitive identification.)

P.S. I also found Model 201 in an earlier catalog (1929).

P.P.S. In the very late 1920s and early 1930s, Elgin was offering a number of models in two-tone cases of various sorts.

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Re: Two Tone Elgin

#7 Post by stryfox » Fri Jan 06, 2017 5:21 pm

Oh come on the corner is brassed, I'll be nice and give you five dollars for it...
Hahaha
It is a good looking watch. I have a few with similar bracelets on them. I enjoy wearing them. They are truly unique out in a public setting. I always get questions when I wear one similar to yours.
Not everyone likes them but I think they are very cool.
This particular one being two tone adds to it in my opinion.
Nice find.

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Re: Two Tone Elgin

#8 Post by Findingtime » Sat Jan 07, 2017 5:33 am

Thanks all! As always, the information is appreciated.

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Re: Two Tone Elgin

#9 Post by liveinthefens » Sun Jan 08, 2017 12:37 pm

Adam what a find and really very lucky to find it with the correct original strap.
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Re: Two Tone Elgin

#10 Post by Findingtime » Tue Feb 07, 2017 9:55 am

I don't have time to fix this one up, so it's listed on eBay AS-IS.

If anyone is interested, here is the link.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Deco-2- ... SwImRYlKHk

Adam

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