Pocket Watch Database

Elgin Grade 91

Grade 91 is a 21j Interchangeable watch maufacturered by Elgin. The size 16s, Model 2 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 91 Movement Characteristics

  • Size16s
  • Jewels21j
  • ConfigurationInterchangeable
  • FinishNickel
  • Model2
  • SettingLever
  • AdjustedYes
  • Railroad GradeYes

Grade 91 Production Info

  • Total Production350
  • Number of Runs1
  • Production Years1882-1882
  • First Serial942,001
  • Last Serial942,350
  • Largest Run350
  • Smallest Run350
  • Most Common Run350

Research Notes

"Fully Adjusted" in 1892 New England Jeweler Catalog
Adjusted to H,C,I, and Positions in 1896 ACB Catalog
"Adj. to heat and cold, isochronism and position" in c.1891 Eppenstein Catalog

Movements fitted with the snap-ring dial will measure slightly larger than 16-Size with the dial attached due to the extra ring material (approximately 43.26mm). With the dial removed, the pillar plate measures approximately 43.12mm, consistent with a standard 16-Size movement.

#942265 has been measured with a thickness of 9.05mm with dial, weighing 56g.