Where do you find Elgin watch serial numbers?


Quick Answer

Elgin wristwatches and pocket watches have two serial numbers; one inside the watch and one stamped into the watch case. Age and authenticity of an Elgin watch is determined by the interior serial number. The exterior serial number identifies the case, which may or may not be made by Elgin.

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Elgin started making watches in 1867. Original Elgin watches were stamped with a serial number. In the late 1930s, Elgin began adding one letter to the serial number. In the late 1950s, Elgin discontinued the use of serial numbers. ElginWatches.org offers an online database that explains inner movement serial numbers for watches made through 1955.

Prior to the 1920s, watch movements and watch cases could be purchased separately. Most watch cases were not made by the watch manufacturer. Cases wore out before internal movements and were commonly replaced over the lifespan of the watch.

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