Stunning Solid 14K Rose Gold Elgin Pocket Watch Commemorating the USS Maine
On February 18, 1898, the USS Maine blew up in Havana harbor. The cry “Remember the Maine! To hell with Spain!” marked the start of the Spanish American war. Two years later, Elgin created an unknown number of Grade 152 pocket watches commemorating the Maine.
This Model 6 is powered by a mint condition Grade 152 movement, one of 1000 examples made in 1900, out of a four-year production run of just 38,000 pocket watches. The exquisite damascening and cursive typeface show Elgin at the height of their artistic powers.
The Elgin’s 14k solid gold hunter case offers astoundingly crisp engine-turned engraving and tight hinges. The glass is immaculate. The dustcover’s elegant presentation – “F.H. Aug.29.1900” – transports its owner to an earlier time.
If you’re looking for a fully functional, perfectly preserved pocket watch tied to a crucial event in American history, this Elgin is it.
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 Location: Elgin, Illinois
Movement Serial Number: 8225446
Estimated Production Year: 1900
Run Quantity: 1,000
Grade/Model Run: 29 of 30
Total Production: 38,000
Jewel Setting: Screw-Set
Movement Configuration: Hunting
Movement Finish: Nickel
Movement Setting: Pendant
Plate: 3/4 Plate
Standard Dial Type: Single-Sunk
Railroad Grade: No