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Make: Elgin USA
Type: Analog Quartz
Model: Solar Diver
Year of Production: 2010s
Number of Jewels: NA
Hand and Dial: 3D Button Indices and Mercedes Hands
Lug to Lug Height: 47mm
Lug Width: 19mm
Bracelet: Original Elgin Signed Titanium Bracelet
Pouch / Box: Brand-New EVA Type Zipper Pouch
Elgin National Watch Company, often referred to simply as Elgin, was one of the most prominent American watch manufacturers in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Elgin was founded in 1864 in Elgin, Illinois, USA. The company's founders included Benjamin W. Raymond, George M. Wheeler, Thomas S. Dickerson, and others.
Elgin was part of the American watchmaking industry's golden age, during which several high-quality watch manufacturers were established in the United States of America.
Elgin watches were known for their precision and innovation. They produced both pocket and wrist watches, with a strong focus on accuracy and craftsmanship.
At its peak, Elgin was one of the largest watch manufacturers in the world, producing millions of timepieces. They were known for their efficient production methods, which allowed them to offer a wide range of watch models at various price points.
Elgin was famous for its "Father Time" series of railroad watches. These watches were highly accurate and designed to meet the strict standards of the railroad industry that required precise timekeeping for safety reasons.
Like many American watch companies, Elgin faced challenges in the mid-20th century due to competition from Swiss watchmakers and the rise of quartz technology. In 1968, Elgin ceased watch production and shifted its focus to other business ventures. The Elgin brand was subsequently purchased the same year and now owned by MZ Berger Inc.
Elgin watches are highly collectible today, and vintage models are sought after by watch enthusiasts and collectors. The quality and historical significance of Elgin timepieces contribute to their appeal.
Here we have a top of the range Elgin International Solar Powered Quartz Diver's In an ultralight Titanium Case with bracelet.
This timepiece was given a good servicing, and its dial, indices, hands and movement were meticulously cleaned, and its battery replaced on 5 September 2023. It should be able to operate unhindered for the next couple of years thereby providing the owner peace of mind.
This standard shaped titanium alloy case was also given a good clean-up and rub while maintaining its sharp lines and sexy curves. Most imperfections were removed without compromising the case shape. The crystal is original and was given a good rub as well.
The crown is original and is located at the 3H position and is nicely tucked away yet easily accessible even though it has crown guards located north and south of the crown. The date and time quickset works flawlessly by uncorking the crown and pulling out to the first and second level for adjustment accordingly.
The case width and height are approximately 40mm (without crown) and 47mm respectively. The lug width is 18mmand the bracelet can accommodate wrists up to 21cm; hence, this watch is suitable for men and the modern women.
Even though the seals and gaskets are present / replaced, this timepiece has not been water-resistant tested.
The pictures provided show the watch’s case in excellent condition and well maintained. The only drawback is the lack of documentation and original box. A nice purposeful carrying case or box will be provided instead.
Bear in mind that this timepiece has seen many of the previous owners’ ups and downs in life, and should be cherished and well taken care of for the next generation to savour such engineering beauty. Hence, it is a no-brainer that this one-of-a-kind timepiece will make an extremely beautiful birthday present for that someone special!
This is an extremely unique and scarce Elgin Solar Titanium Diver's Timepiece in excellent condition; so, be unique and own something that is almost impossible to source.
This is a must-have for the vintage collectible, and diver watch die-hard fans; and in fact, any serious watch collector as well!