Art Deco Elgin Gentleman’s Dress Pocket Watch of the Day

Elgin manufactured this pocket watch during the company’s heyday, immediately before the Great Depression took its toll. Elgin produced the Grade 303 – the gentleman’s pocket watch of the day – in a run of just four thousand timepieces.

The ornate pocket watch’s original and engraved white gold fill case and fixed bow embodies the rise of Art Deco. The dial is made of metal (rather than enamel), reflecting Art Deco’s love of modern materials. The angular indices also evoke the spirit of the machine age.

The watch’s relatively over-sized seconds sub-dial indicates the brand’s emphasis on accuracy – assured by double rollers and a Breguet hairspring – while the engraved inner dial and elegant hands show the joi de vivre of the time.

The Elgin’s movement is simple, symmetrical and stunning. It exchanges the fancy scrolled text that proceeded it for bold and regular typeface. It’s an immaculate example of its type.

All our treasured timepieces are completely disassembled, expertly cleaned and oiled using the finest quality watch oil and gear grease, and adjusted for accuracy. Full one year warranty.



Manufacturer: Elgin
Manufacturer Location: Elgin, Illinois
Movement Serial Number: 31994016
Grade: 303
Model: 3
Class: 114
Estimated Production Year: 1929
Run Quantity: 4,000
Grade/Model Run: 314 of 371
Total Production: 2,215,000
Size: 12s
Jewels: 7j
Movement Configuration: Open face
Movement Finish: Nickel
Movement Setting: Pendant
Plate: 3/4 Plate
Double Roller: Yes
Barrel: Going
Balance Type: Expansion
Balance Jewel Material: Ruby
Train: Quick
Regulator: Plain
Hairspring: Breguet
Adjusted: No
Railroad Grade: No