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I figure someome knows this off top of their head. How many Elgin 761s were produced?
 

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I don't even know where to look to find out.

Elgin stopped using serial numbers 5 years before the 760/761 models were introduced, and stopped making movements in the US 4 years later, and closed down the factory. I don't even know if the production records still exist. I never found anything on Wayne Schlitt's site that would help pin down a number, and his site was the most informative Elgin site out there.

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I don't even know where to look to find out.

Elgin stopped using serial numbers 5 years before the 760/761 models were introduced, and stopped making movements in the US 4 years later, and closed down the factory. I don't even know if the production records still exist. I never found anything on Wayne Schlitt's site that would help pin down a number, and his site was the most informative Elgin site out there.

Sorry.
Thanks, that's pretty much all I've found too.
 

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Welcome to the frustrations of collecting postwar Elgins! The lack of information is frequently maddening!
 

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Welcome to the frustrations of collecting postwar Elgins! The lack of information is frequently maddening!
Yeah, Elgin has a postwar history much like Packard.
 

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BUT, I have the pleasure of driving by the old (and FAMOUS) Packard Proving Grounds Building daily. :001_tt2: (Sadly the high-banked oval track has been destroyed in the last 5 years.)
That is sad........what did they put in the place? Such a shame pieces of history like that are lost, and after they held on for so long!
 

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That is sad........what did they put in the place? Such a shame pieces of history like that are lost, and after they held on for so long!
PBS just ran a history piece on Packard. Packard: An American Classic Car . I think there are office condos where the high bank was, but the pagoda (timing tower) is listed as a histrical landmark. You can also tour what's left of the factory on YouTube.
Weird irony: When I was four years old, my dad bought a 1955 Packard 400 coupe in Elgin not far from the watch factory.
 
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