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Feels like a Waltham day ! ! !

The Armored Case for the Soldier......................

And yes, a gold filled crown is CORRECT on this sterling silver Fahys case.









One of nicest WWI restorations that I've seen....
 

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The quality of the watches in this thread blows me away. I don't know where or whether to jump in with my little collection of mostly Accutrons so I decided to take this off of my wife's wrist and wear it a while myself just so I could post it here.

 

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I'll be rock'n a WWI Elgin Trench Watch today!

Semi-Hermetic Illinois solid nickel case with a coin edge bezel and original factory crown.

This is the largest size 0s American made trench watch case produced during the Great War: 34.5mm without the crown.

(Size 0s cases from this era usually measure about 32.5mm)







 

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I'll be rock'n a WWI Elgin Trench Watch today!

Semi-Hermetic Illinois solid nickel case with a coin edge bezel and original factory crown.

This is the largest size 0s American made trench watch case produced during the Great War: 34.5mm with the crown.

(Size 0s cases from this era usually measure about 32.5mm)







Another great WW1 restoration!...
 

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THANKS! AFAIK, this is one of those 'outside' wraparound crystals, where the crystal snaps over a lip on the bezel. Other Horizon Look crystals had an internal lip that holds onto the bezel, and have to be put on with a crystal press. Neither one can really be removed and replaced with a crystal lift.

Also, AFAIK none of the Horizon Look models are front loaders, which Elgin referred to as "One-Piece Case". I think the two concepts are incompatible. They did, however, make a number of 760/761s in One-Piece Cases, as you know.

Through the 1950s, Elgin made a number of different kinds of 'waterproof' cases. The most unusual are probably some of the non-round ones, which have 4 small screws holding the caseback on. The movement is held in a frame, and there are gaskets on both sides of the frame. One engages the crystal, and the other the caseback. Tightening the screws compressed the gaskets, supposedly sealing the movement. The frame had a tube for the stem, and a standard waterproof crown with O-ring. Great in theory. In practice, the hardened steel screws easily strip the brass threads in the case, or the screw heads rust - they weren't stainless! And based on the condition of a lot of the dials, they weren't really well sealed!
 

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I wanted to post this last week, but I didn't have one pic. Finally took the pic on Saturday, then went to transfer to my PC, and the camera batteries were dead. "No problem" I thought, "I'll just get the other pair in the charger!" No dice. The younger boy used them in his game controller.

FINALLY, the things got recharged, and I got the picture uploaded to Photobucket.

Here goes: Last week, my theme was "15/0 Lord Elgins".

Monday, I wore what's often called the 'Driver', though Elgin didn't ever call it that in any ad from its introduction in 1939 till the last one was made sometime in the early 1950s. It's got a 538, the first 21j 15/0 movement:



Tuesday, I wore this one. It's from the early 1940s, and it's running a 559. The 559 replaced the 538 in 1940.



Wednesday, I wore this Parkton with a 626, the replacement for the 559.



Thursday it was a Kentwood, the very first Lord Elgin I ever got. It's got a 670, the next-to-last 15/0 Lord Elgin movement.



Friday I wrapped up the week with a Townsman, carrying the last of the 15/0 Lord Elgin movements, essentially a 670 with Kif shockproofing on the balance.

 

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Moving on to the 680. The 680 replaced the 556 around 1950. The watch itself is called the 'El Dorado', though you'll often see it called the 'Golden Knight' on Ebay.



Here's the ad, showing the correct name. So far, I haven't had the guts to get a 'lemon-colored' strap - just a little too girly for me!

 
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