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 Post subject: Outstanding etched Elgin dial from the 30’s.
PostPosted: Fri Jan 06, 2017 11:31 pm 
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Found this dial for an 18/0 movement with a reasonable BIN so I snatched it up.

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Etched dials are not very common in my Elgin experience. This one is similar to a couple of the designs from 35 and 37 magazine ads and the 1939 catalog but nothing exact. I slipped it on one of my favorite models, the long skinny 1971 and have been enjoying the matchup all day.

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It has just the right rich patina that no amount of age can bring out in a white or silver dial and it makes the gold of the raised numerals and tracks really spark.

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I’m not sure I'll want to go back to the correct dial when I find the model this was originally intended for.

Joel


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 Post subject: Re: Outstanding etched Elgin dial from the 30’s.
PostPosted: Sun Jan 08, 2017 8:17 am 
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WOW, what a beautiful dial, Joel!

I think I may have located the model it came with, No. 1905 (shown in a 1937 S. H. Clausin catalog):

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But the dial certainly looks great in the case you have it in (and who knows, Elgin may have used it in that one too, given the company's habits).


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 Post subject: Re: Outstanding etched Elgin dial from the 30’s.
PostPosted: Sun Jan 08, 2017 12:35 pm 
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I do love watches from this era and this one does look special, nice find.

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 Post subject: Re: Outstanding etched Elgin dial from the 30’s.
PostPosted: Mon Jan 09, 2017 3:47 pm 
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Thanks, Betty. I've seen ads showing the 1907 with the bar markers but never this dial. As far as I can tell they are using the same case as my 1971 but with lugs for the braided leather strap. It's no wonder it fits so well. I've seen a couple of 1907's go on ebay but they bring a high price. Turns out I would prefer moving this dial over if I do come up with one. Joel


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 Post subject: Re: Outstanding etched Elgin dial from the 30’s.
PostPosted: Mon Jan 23, 2017 9:43 pm 
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Serendipity strikes twice. I was just getting the materials together to modify a model 1971 case I have in my parts pile. It has a broken lug so I thought I couldn't make it any worse by cutting off the remaining lugs and putting 4 gold plated rings on each end to make my own version of the model 1905. Before I could begin working on my silver soldering skills, along came this auction.

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A little help from the seller who misidentified it as a "Laidies" Elgin Curvex was enough to keep it hidden and on the right side of $25. Lug repair is always preferable to lug creation so this little jewel should be wrapped around my etched dial soon. Joel


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 Post subject: Re: Outstanding etched Elgin dial from the 30’s.
PostPosted: Wed Jan 25, 2017 9:50 am 
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Glad you lucked into the case you needed for the etched dial -- looking forward to seeing the complete watch! I hope all goes well for you with the lug straightening. (BTW, attractive dial on the donor watch too.)


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