Watch's origin: American
Number of jewels: 7
Case: Illinois Watch Case Co.
Type of Watch: Wrist
Lug Width: 16mm
Dimension: 40mm by 31mm
Deco-era Elgin wristwatches are always satisfying to study and offer for sale. After all, the Elgin Watch factory was the biggest watch factory in the world, with its own jeweling house, watch college, and observatory stretching across city block after city block in the little town of Elgin, Ill. This progressive company spared no expense in finding the most talented artists and case designers to come up with a look that would set their watches apart from and, ABOVE, the rest.
Anyone unfamiliar with Elgin's flair for design need only take a look at this STUNNING enameled example of Deco artwork.
And we mean stunning.
Oversized at 40mm by 31mm, in a classic "bombe" or tonneau shape and featuring a heavily enameled bezel with Roman numerals in relief, the watch is a literal study in Deco philosophy. The design has the dreamy geometric lines that give Deco its Aztec "flair" with a classic quality to the case and dial. The minute register runs around this fully restored, PERFECT dial. It passes our requirement for art: If one can't stop looking at it and one gets pleasure every time they see it, it's art. This watch is – without question – stunning tactile art.
Snap open the back and you'll find another marvel of the era: a well-engineered, fully serviced grade 485 4/0 7 ruby jewel movement with compensated balance, whip regulator and raised, ruby-jeweled settings.
This extraordinary watch comes with one of our correctly re-created black cordovan straps with matching buckle and is housed in an original Elgin presentation box.
For those who feel the sweet ache of the Jazz-Age longing, this extraordinary timepiece will assuredly make you THE "Man about Town."