Dating an elgin pocket watch
The 1940's watch styles were very similar to the styles of the 30's. A few years following the end of WWII america entered a period of prosperity, economic growth, and technical advancements in electronics and science. Many (but not all) watches were affected by the vision of the future. 1960's watches were a little bigger than they had been before.
The serial number can be found on the movement of the watch. made watch was manufactured is a much more complicated proposition, depending on how precise you want to be.By the late 1930's mens watches were more masculine. This was made possible by the advent of square movements.Until then all movements were round, limiting the designs.Note the thick hands, engraved patterns and bold design of all of these watches.These watches are typical of the "Deco" style of the teens and 20's.Some companies (as with the Gruen Watch Company), even lost rocords to fire or other natural disaster. I am sure they had no idea that their timepieces would someday be collected.
There are several ways to get an idea of when your watch was made.
Keep in mind that the dates will be approximate, usually accurate to within three or four years as a particular series of numbers was usually produced over several years. and can be a bit misleading as to a watch’s true value. were usually produced following the guidelines laid out in our article on estimating the value of pocket watches. If the maker is still in business, such as Brequet or many other Swiss companies, then you can write them an e mail and request information.
The other important point is to be sure you take the number off of the movement and not the case as it was generally the practice for U. jewelers to buy lots of cases and movements separately and the customer would select the movement and match it to the case of his or her choice. During that time, a high quality solid gold case might have been matched to a lower quality movement. In brief, these guidelines can be reduced to the generalizations that most U. watches Pre-1850 and most European watches were assembled by a single company and as such more standardized in matching the quality of cases to the quality of the movement. In most cases they are quite helpful and although their production dates may not be published on line, they usually have access to them if they have not been destroyed by fire or some other such circumstance.
These numbers are stamped on the back (outside) of the case. The code was usually stamped on the back of the watch case.
If there is no two symbols, it could be that your watch was made before 1948. For exabple, If you have a Bulova watch with the stamp M3 then it was made in 1963.
Dials were larger while the cases were made to be less of a focal point...