Elgin Pocket Watch Key Wind and Key Set – Beautifully Preserved Horologic History

Sometime in 1878, this Elgin key wind Model 1 left the Elgin Watch Company factory, one of just three thousand made. This “gentleman’s pocket watch” represents American’s ever-increasing need for accurate time management.

Don’t be fooled by its minimalist simplicity. This key wound Elgin pocket watch is a sophisticated machine, carefully constructed to fine tolerances, destined to provide reliable service in the dusty world of post-Civil War America.

Many of the Elgin’s duplicates have been lost to the ravages of time. This Elgin’s instantly legible dial, accurate grade 13 movement and smooth silver case are all in excellent, unblemished condition; it’s a beautifully preserved piece of American horologic history.

The Model 1’s gently rounded case is of special note: it’s made of coin silver. The repurposed currency gives the case a warmer tone than sterling silver, and adds to its value as a reflection of its time.

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: 549765
Grade: 13
Model: 1
Class: 5
Estimated Production Year: 1878
Run Quantity: 3,000
Grade/Model Run: 16 of 38
Total Production: 155,000
Size: 18s
Jewels: 11j
Jewel Setting: Friction Settings
Movement Configuration: Either
Movement Finish: Gilt
Movement Setting: Key
Plate: Full Plate
Barrel: Going
Train: Slow
Regulator: Plain
Standard Dial Type: Single-Sunk
Adjusted: No
Railroad Grade: No