Rare Elgin pocket watch with a convertible movement. c1891

Rare Elgin pocket watch with a convertible movement. c1891

Code: 4.18

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This is an American made pocket watch by Elgin which has what is called a convertible movement. These movements could be put in hunter or open face cases and converted into a hunter or open face depending on the case and dial configuration. However due to the unusual lever setting device, these movements were deeper in thickness than other 16s movements of the time and so could not be put into any case like other American movements of the period. Specific cases were made for these watch movements and so cased versions of these watches are consequently quite rare.

Another strange feature of these Elgin convertible movements is the lever setting device. When engaged the lower larger wheel, on the side of the mainspring, lifts up to engage with the middle wheel and set the hands. Once finished and the lever setting slots back in place, this wheel lowers itself back to its original position

This is a nickel ¾ plate 16 size 15 Jewel Model 1 Grade 50

The movement has a lever escapement, a micrometer regulator and is decorated with damascening. The movement is signed “Elgin Nat’l Watch Co, 4317660” and is in 90% mint condition – light marks

Case – the movement comes in a top quality silver case, which has a hinged inner, back and front cover. The Dueber coin case has coin edged sides, floral engraving and gold hinges. The case is in 95% mint condition

Dial – the white enamel dial is double sunk and has blue steel hands. The dial is signed “Elgin” and is in 85% mint condition – two small forked hairlines on the outer chapter rind

The watch is stem wound / lever set

The watch has a mineral glass

The watch measures 53mm x 18mm deep