Recently I inherited an ELGIN WATCH!! this watch had been my great grandfather Duthee’s watch back when he ran the hardware and feed store in Pullman WA. This is strictly a workingman’s watch with no frills or extras, just sound construction and good timekeeping. Here are some pictures.
I did some checking and found some databases with a bunch of Elgin watch information including databases with the production dates of every Elgin watch.
The watch was fabricated in 1882 or 1883 and more than likely my great grandfather mail ordered it about that time. He then carried it for the rest of his life and it was passed down to my grandmother and finally to me. It doesn’t currently run as I don’t have a key to wind it. It needs to be cleaned anyway. I hope to get it cleaned and make it my very retro daily timepiece.
This is manufacturing for a market that I’ve seen but not known much about. The idea here is to make the kits as simple as possible to assemble and rather durable rather than attempting for the highest degree of fidelity to the prototype. Looking at the catalog they made some interesting stuff.
Turning and turning in the widening gyre | The falcon cannot hear the falconer | Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold | Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world | The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere | The ceremony of innocence is drowned | The best lack all conviction, while the worst | Are full of passionate intensity. -- W.B. Yeats, The Second Coming