Pocket Watch Database

Elgin Grade 239

Grade 239 is a 21j Openface watch maufacturered by Elgin. The size 18s, Model 8 movement features a nickel finish and is adjusted to 5 positions, isochronism and temperature. Elgin introduced this particular grade to the market March 1901. This watch would have qualified for service on all railroads and was advertised for railroad service. Each movement was fitted at the factory with a double-sunk dial.

Grade 239 Movement Characteristics

  • Size18s
  • Jewels21j
  • ConfigurationOpenface
  • FinishNickel
  • Model8
  • SettingLever
  • AdjustedYes
  • Railroad GradeYes
  • Railroad Grade ClassClass A

Grade 239 Production Info

  • Total Production18,800
  • Number of Runs17
  • IntroducedMarch 1901
  • Production Years1900-1912
  • First Serial8,575,001
  • Last Serial16,278,300
  • Largest Run2,000
  • Smallest Run300
  • Most Common Run1,000

Research Notes

Introduced to the trade on March 1, 1901 in the new "Model 1901" product line. [Jewelers' Circular, March 6, 1901]

The 1907 A.C. Becken catalog describes jeweling as "21 fine ruby jewels."

Later catalog descriptions indicate jewel material as Ruby, Sapphire, and Diamond. [Dearborn, 1915]

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