Elgin Veritas Railroad Grade 239 with 21 Jewels and Housed in the Stunning Gold Fill Case

This Elgin Veritas Grade 239 Model 8, produced in 1911, is in excellent condition. The Veritas movement is housed in a stunning gold fill case with a brilliant white double sunk dial highlighted with blued steel hands. The “Veritas” name is horologically and historically significant.

Veritas, the Latin word for “truth,” became synonymous with one of the Elgin National Watch Company’s most successful designs in history. The Elgin Grade 239 Model 8 was produced from 1900 to 1912 and marketed as the “Veritas” model. The company enjoyed widespread name recognition for its Veritas models and their reputation as Elgin’s highest grade watches.

The Veritas design was built for the greatest speed, longest runs, and the most trying tasks of burden. It featured a strengthened frame, heavier balance, increased driving power, and fittings scientifically adjusted to perfection. The Veritas design also boasted a lengthened and widened mainspring for a longer run than any other watch of its time. In short, the Veritas was a railroad-grade pocket watch of the highest caliber.

Each Veritas movement was produced with the finest grade materials available. Each gear, wheel, and plate received a fine finishing and burnishing in an amazing process of high-quality construction. The design was so successful it was later integrated across the board in Elgin’s watches, including the G.M. Wheeler and B.W. Raymond lines.

This fine timepiece is a significant piece of horologic history and is ready for daily carry or would make a wonderful display on the office desk or mantlepiece. Truly a conversation piece for the ages.

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



Elgin Veritas Grade 239

“Veritas” or “No. 239”

Manufacturer: Elgin
Manufacturer Location: Elgin, Illinois
Movement Serial Number: 15574574
Grade: 239
Variation: Mixed
Model: 8
Generation: First
Class: 90
Estimated Production Year: 1911
Run Quantity: 1,000
Grade/Model Run: 16 of 17
Total Production: 18,800
Size: 18s
Jewels: 21j
Jewel Material: Ruby
Jewel Setting: Raised Gold Settings (Screw-Set)
Movement Configuration: Open face
Movement Finish: Nickel
Movement Signing Style: Formal Script
Movement Inlay Color: Gilt
Movement Setting: Lever
Plate: 3/4 Plate
Double Roller: Yes
Barrel: Safety
Balance Jewel Material: Diamond
Train: Quick
Train Material: Gold
Center Wheel Material: Gold
Regulator: Moseley
Hairspring: Breguet
Escapement Type: Straight-line
Pallet Jewel Material: Sapphire
Standard Dial Type: Double-Sunk
Adjusted: Yes
Adjusted to Position: Yes
Adjusted # of Positions: 5
Adjusted to Temperature: Yes
Adjusted to Isochronism: Yes
Railroad Grade: Yes
Wind Indicator: No