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. During the time the watch was manufactured, it would have qualified for railroad service and is considered to be railroad grade. 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

Grade 239 Production Info

  • Total Production18,800
  • Number of Runs17
  • 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]

Associated Grades

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