Elgin Pocket Watches

Built with incredible precision, the Elgin pocket watch is perennially popular among watch enthusiasts and collectors, valued for its exquisite craftsmanship, finishes, excellent materials, jeweled movements, and a fine selection of intricate designs. As an iconic American watch brand of all time, the vintage and antique Elgin pocket watches are among the most cherished timepieces in the world, offering amazing value on the Bidsquare online auctions.

Elgin Pocket Watch – A Brief History

Founded in 1864, the Elgin Watch Company, the manufacturer of this brand of pocket watches was one of the largest watchmakers in the US for over a century, ceasing production in 1968. Initially, the watches created were extravagant but stylish pieces, some of which were made of gold cases. The timepieces were not only known for their accuracy but were not affected in varying climates. Embracing the Art Deco style of the 1920s and early ‘30s in its design and stylized in Arabic-type numerals, Elgin watches soon were in high demand among fashion-conscious of the period, and are highly coveted even today at watch auction.

To create less expensive but elegant and innovative timepieces, Elgin endeavored to mass-produce high-quality pocket watches by assembling machine-made interchangeable parts for repair when needed. That brilliant idea, along with stem-winding mechanisms, a novelty of that time when compared to the conventional key-wind mechanisms, made it possible for the Elgin watches to be more accessible to a wider number of buyers in the vast middle-ground of the American watch market. The possibility of repairing the timepieces easily without requiring specialized skills has made the watches the most sought-after for collectors even today.

During World War II, their production facilities discontinued civilian manufacturing and were temporarily busy making military watches, chronometers, speedometers, and altimeters, among others. From pocket watches, the company switched to wristwatches, decorative clocks, and wedding rings following the war. Having ceased manufacture in 1968, today, antique and vintage Elgin pocket watch values continue to rise on the collectors' market depending on the year and material used for manufacturing and can be a valuable addition to anyone’s watch collection.

Quick Facts about Elgin Pocket Watch

  • Most Elgin pocket watches are called railroad pocket watches as they are designed following railroad industry standards. 
  • To identify Elgin pocket watches, look for the serial number in the movement as well as on the serial number lookup online.
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    $5 - $500

    Elgin Pocket Watch

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    Dovetail Auctions
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    $20
  • Elgin Pocket Watch
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    Elgin Pocket Watch

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    Dovetail Auctions
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    $20
  • Gold Filled Pocket Watches
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    Gold Filled Pocket Watches

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    Kodner Galleries
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  • Ocho máquinarias de relojes de bolsillo primera mitad siglo XX. Marcas: 3 Omega, 1 Longines, 1 Waltham, 2 Elgin, 2 sin marca. Mo...
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  • NATIONAL WATCH CO & ELGIN POCKET WATCHES
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    NATIONAL WATCH CO & ELGIN POCKET WATCHES

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  • Elgin Pocket Watch
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    Elgin Pocket Watch

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    Elgin Pocket Watch

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  • Elgin and Arnex Pocket Watches
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    Elgin and Arnex Pocket Watches

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  • Two Antique Elgin Pocket Watches
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    Two Antique Elgin Pocket Watches

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  • GOLD ELGIN POCKET WATCH
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    GOLD ELGIN POCKET WATCH

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  • Elgin Pocket Watch
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    Elgin Pocket Watch

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  • Elgin 1903 Pocket Watch
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    Elgin 1903 Pocket Watch

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  • Lot of Antique Pocket Watches- Elgin, Kay's
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    Lot of Antique Pocket Watches- Elgin, Kay's

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  • Elgin National Watch Co. Grade 75 Pocket Watch
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    Elgin National Watch Co. Grade 75 Pocket Watch

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  • Two Antique Elgin Pocket Watches
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    Two Antique Elgin Pocket Watches

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  • Sun Dial (Elgin) Pocket Watch
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    Sun Dial (Elgin) Pocket Watch

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  • Two Pocket Watches, Waltham & Elgin
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    $200 - $400

    Two Pocket Watches, Waltham & Elgin

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  • Elgin Antique Key Wind Pocket Watch
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    Elgin Antique Key Wind Pocket Watch

  • LADIES ELGIN 14K POCKET WATCH
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    LADIES ELGIN 14K POCKET WATCH

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  • 1910 Elgin Grade 313 Pocket Watch & Case
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    1910 Elgin Grade 313 Pocket Watch & Case

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  • Antique Elgin Pocket Watch & Chain
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    Antique Elgin Pocket Watch & Chain

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  • 14K ELGIN POCKET WATCH
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    14K ELGIN POCKET WATCH

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  • Elgin Open Cover Gold Pocket Watch
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    Elgin Open Cover Gold Pocket Watch

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  • Lot of Antique Pocket Watches- Elgin, Waltham,
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    Lot of Antique Pocket Watches- Elgin, Waltham,

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  • 1898 Elgin National Watch Co. Pocket Watch & Case
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    1898 Elgin National Watch Co. Pocket Watch & Case

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  • Lot of 3 Antique Pocket Watches- Elgin, Waltham,
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    Lot of 3 Antique Pocket Watches- Elgin, Waltham,

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  • 14K ELGIN POCKET WATCH
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    14K ELGIN POCKET WATCH

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  • LOT 2 GF POCKET WATCHES WALTHAM AND ELGIN
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    LOT 2 GF POCKET WATCHES WALTHAM AND ELGIN

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  • A lot of six Elgin pocket watches
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    A lot of six Elgin pocket watches

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  • Elgin National Watch Co. 11J Pocket Watch c. 1894
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    Elgin National Watch Co. 11J Pocket Watch c. 1894

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  • Elgin Natl. Watch Co. 17J Silver ODC Pocket Watch
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    Elgin Natl. Watch Co. 17J Silver ODC Pocket Watch

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  • Elgin WWII Artillery Bomb Timer Pocket Watch
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    Elgin WWII Artillery Bomb Timer Pocket Watch

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  • Vintage ELGIN Pocket Watch Circa 1905
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    Vintage ELGIN Pocket Watch Circa 1905

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  • A lot of eight Elgin pocket watches
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    A lot of eight Elgin pocket watches

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  • 1904 Elgin Grade 280 Pocket Watch & Gold Case
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    1904 Elgin Grade 280 Pocket Watch & Gold Case

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  • Antique Elgin Gold Filled Pocket Watch
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    Antique Elgin Gold Filled Pocket Watch

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  • Antique Elgin National Watch Co. Pocket Watch
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    Antique Elgin National Watch Co. Pocket Watch

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  • 1923 Elgin Grade 345 Pocket Watch & Gold Case
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    1923 Elgin Grade 345 Pocket Watch & Gold Case

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  • ELGIN, SILVER OPEN FACE POCKET WATCH
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    ELGIN, SILVER OPEN FACE POCKET WATCH

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  • Elgin Grade 573 Pocket Watch & Gold Filled Case
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    Elgin Grade 573 Pocket Watch & Gold Filled Case

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  • ELGIN, NICKEL CHRONOGRAPH OPEN FACE POCKET WATCH
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    ELGIN, NICKEL CHRONOGRAPH OPEN FACE POCKET WATCH

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  • Antique Elgin National Watch Co Pocket Watch
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    Antique Elgin National Watch Co Pocket Watch

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