Pocket Watch Database

Elgin Grade 240

Grade 240 is a 19j 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 240 Movement Characteristics

  • Size18s
  • Jewels19j
  • ConfigurationOpenface
  • FinishNickel
  • Model8
  • SettingLever
  • AdjustedYes
  • Railroad GradeYes
  • Railroad Grade ClassClass A

Grade 240 Production Info

  • Total Production67,500
  • Number of Runs62
  • IntroducedMarch 1901
  • Production Years1900-1914
  • First Serial8,577,001
  • Last Serial17,376,000
  • Largest Run3,000
  • Smallest Run500
  • 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 described jeweling as "19 fine ruby jewels." Adjustements are described as "adjusted to temperature, isochronism and positions."

Gold Train vs. Brass Train

According to material catalogs, the Grade 240 transitioned to a double roller with #11,098,001.

Based on surviving examples, the balance cap jewel transitioned from ruby to diamond around serial #11,023,001 (c.1905).