The movement of the watch, its dial, the hands and the case are some important characteristics that determine the value of antique Elgin pocket watches. A few other features to consider are the quality, condition and artistic beauty of the watch.
The watch’s movement should be precise and show the accurate time. The gears should not have much wear and tear, and the parts must be original. Worn out parts have less value. Most Elgin pocket watches use jewels to aid the precise movements. If a watch has more jewels, it is more valuable because its operation is better.
The dial should be free from cracks and must not have any discoloration. A magnifying glass can be used to check for hairline cracks and faded areas. The hands should move seamlessly and not get stuck. The case should not have any cracks or dents. If it is made of gold, silver or platinum, or embedded with jewels, its value increases. Any infamous inscriptions on the case reduce its overall value.
The pocket watch must be of good quality and have a solid finish. Gilded, matted and gold-trimmed watches are valuable. The Elgin online database can be used to appraise an Elgin watch.