Pocket Watch Database
Elgin Grade 81
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Grade 81 Movement Characteristics
- Jewels13j or 15j
- Railroad GradeNo
Grade 81 Production Info
- Total Production53,000
- Number of Runs13
- Production Years1873-1886
- First Serial278,001
- Last Serial1,869,000
- Largest Run5,000
- Smallest Run1,000
- Most Common Run5,000
The Grade 81 is the Key-Wind Version of the Grade 82.
The 1885 Otto Young catalog describes the "G.M. Wheeler" and Grade 82/81 as "Expansion Balance, Adjusted, 13 Jewels (3 pairs in settings), Patent Regulator. Key Wind: $15.50, Stem Wind: $21.00.
Additionally, the 1885 Otto Young catalog indicates the "Plain Regulator" variation of the "No. 81" was discontinued. As a result, these were being sold at a reduced price of $13.50.
13 Jewels: 3rd, 4th, Escape (Pairs)
15 Jewels: 3rd, 4th, Escape, Pallet (Pairs)