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mapleridgeauction
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Posts: 33
Registered: ‎05-18-2007

Antique Elgin Pocket Watch, How to open the case to look at movement?

Hello Friends! I was wondering if anyone here knows much about
Elgin pocket watch cases? I'm wanting to open the case, so I can
see the movement (get the serial number, etc). I know the front screws
off. From there there is a hinge & lip (so it looks like it just
folds up). However.... when I try to open it further it seems like
it is stopped by something somehow (possibly by the winding knob shaft?).
I don't want to force it, possibly breaking something. Is the hinge
just stiff & I need to apply more pressure, or is there something I
have to disengage first? THANKS! -Paul







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Registered: ‎10-13-2005

Antique Elgin Pocket Watch, How to open the case to look at movement?

in reply to mapleridgeauction
Pull the crown up, as you would if you were going to set the time. This raises the stem out of the movement so that you can then slide a fingernail into the notch at the bottom of the dial and tilt the movement out forward.

When tilting the movement back in, make sure you start with the crown pulled out and you may need to rotate the crown slightly while pressing the movement back down to make sure the stem slides smoothly back into the movement.

Greg
mapleridgeauction
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Registered: ‎05-18-2007

Antique Elgin Pocket Watch, How to open the case to look at movement?

in reply to mapleridgeauction
Hello, That did it! Thanks & Best Regards, Paul
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Registered: ‎06-12-2003

Antique Elgin Pocket Watch, How to open the case to look at movement?

in reply to mapleridgeauction
I'm glad Greg mentioned turning the stem and carefully letting it slide into the movement. I've seen a lot of nice watches over the years with the stem broken off.
Dave
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Antique Elgin Pocket Watch, How to open the case to look at movement?

in reply to mapleridgeauction
Looks like a nice watch. Hope we'll see the movement?
mapleridgeauction
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Registered: ‎05-18-2007

Antique Elgin Pocket Watch, How to open the case to look at movement?

in reply to mapleridgeauction
Hello!

Sure! The watch belongs to my great aunt, it was her father's.
She's asked me to sell it for her on eBay, however I think her expectations
on what it's worth are considerably higher than fair market value.
Some "watch expert" told her it was worth a small fortune & not to
let it go for less than $700 (CAD) a few years ago. *sigh*, when
I search eBay though.. I find similar watches for far less than $200.
Regardless, I'll probably be putting it up in the next day or two, so she
knows I at least did try to sell it for her. :smileyhappy: If it wasn't family,
I'd tell them to sell it to the "watch expert". :smileywink:

Here's a couple shots of the movement:


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Antique Elgin Pocket Watch, How to open the case to look at movement?

in reply to mapleridgeauction

Sure is beautiful. 15 Jewel, about 1897. The fancy dial and hands are gems. I have replaced second rings in these dials. If there are no hairline cracks in the dial, be sure to mention this. And emphacize the original hands. Looks like the case is just plated??
mapleridgeauction
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Antique Elgin Pocket Watch, How to open the case to look at movement?

in reply to mapleridgeauction
Hi! :smileyhappy: Thanks again for all the posts. Great to hear the hands & dial are original. Also good to hear the seconds ring can be replaced. Unfortunately, there is a very faint hairline crack on the face between 9 & 10 o'clock. I'm fairly certain the case is gold plated & not solid gold. Thanks again & Best Regards, Paul