Lord elgin watch dating
During Elgin's first decade, in addition to 18s keywound watches like the BW Raymond and others (see Luis Casilla's excellent presentation), Elgin also made 10s women's keywound watches, and for a while, 17s keywinders.These seem to date to 1875-1878 (see slide 92 of Casilla's presentation) 17s is an odd size.
35mm 14 karat yellow gold snap back and bezel case. Black dial with white Arabic numerals and silver baton hands with white fill. 14 karat yellow gold 20mm x 29mm snap back rectangle case with covered lugs. The silver dial with 18 karat gold applied numerals had been professionally refinished anand is protected with a new old stock glass crystal.
They're very hard to find as cased watches, but I did manage to grab a couple bare movements on Ebay. The TM Avery is named for Elgin's second President.
Note that the balance on the Avery is larger than the Leader, but they're otherwise largely identical. The lower balance pivot is bent all to hell, and I can't find any replacement staff for these. If you've been paying attention, you may have noticed that every Elgin I've shown made before 1955 has a triangular stud, which goes into the stud hole in the balance cock and is held in place by the stud screw.
On July 16, 1867, a new watch was made and it was named the H. This was thought to be advisable because the movements manufactured by the company were universally known as and called "Elgin Watches" or the "Watch from Elgin".
Seven new grades of 10 size, six grades of 12 size and five grades of 14 size, three quarter plate, key wind movements, were made by the company between September 29, 1875 and December 29, 1876.