Dating elgin watches by serial number
This page contains INSTRUCTIONS for using the serial number look-up tables that are found on many of our watch company history pages.
The example below uses information from the American Waltham Watch Company, but that is just an example.
However during recessions or as supply gets too big then the value will drop slightly.
Yet again the good news is that it will come up again. That means there is usually a steady enough demand and they are looking for the unique piece rather than a huge profit.
Elgin also offered a wide range of designs for both wrist and pocket watches.
It is true that nowadays the Elgin is much sought after by collectors.
I have done a few articles on here about appraising these and how best to determine their value.
"The serial number is on the movement not the case".Some American watch brands did not use a consistent series of serial numbers, but most of the big manufacturers did.Most vintage Swiss pocket watches did NOT have serial numbers and can't be dated by this method.The really good news is that Elgin has now ceased trading as a company.That means none of these watches will ever be made again.