Pocket Watch Database

Elgin Grade 72

Grade 72 is a 21j Interchangeable watch maufacturered by Elgin. The size 16s, Model 1 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 72 Movement Characteristics

  • Size16s
  • Jewels21j
  • ConfigurationInterchangeable
  • FinishNickel
  • Model1
  • SettingLever
  • AdjustedYes
  • Railroad GradeYes

Grade 72 Production Info

  • Total Production450
  • Number of Runs1
  • Production Years1879-1879
  • First Serial607,001
  • Last Serial607,450
  • Largest Run450
  • Smallest Run450
  • Most Common Run450

Research Notes

"Fully Adjusted" in 1892 New England Jeweler Catalog
Adjusted to H,C,I, and Positions in 1896 ACB Catalog
"Adjusted to Heat, Cold, Isochronism and Position" in c.1891 Eppenstein Catalog

Elgin factory serial lists designate two runs for Grade 72:
However, all known examples are found between 607,001-607,450 indicating an actual production of 450 instead of 2,000.