Rare Elgin Veritas Railroad Grade 453 with 23 Jewels and Up/Down Wind Indicator

This rare Elgin grade 453 is the highest grade variation Veritas. It’s Elgin’s, top-of-the-line railroad grade offerings. These wonderful timepieces were produced in very low numbers, exact production is not documented. This piece was manufactured in 1921 and with a hundred years under its belt, this pocket watch is truly a rare find.

Beyond the limited production runs, the horological value of this watch is further enhanced with the addition of the Up/Down wind indicator. This wind indicator functioned as a safeguard, it allowed a railroad worker to keep track of how many hours of mainspring had been expended to help prevent the chance of an unexpected stopping of the watch while in railroad service. 

The size 16 movement features a rare 23 jewel, nickel finish movement, housed in a stunning rose gold case. The dial is in pristine condition and its dazzling white enamel draws a strong contrast with the heavy ink saturation of its indices and Arabic numerals. 

This rare example of early 20th century Elgin railroad grade pocket watches makes it an excellent cornerstone for your collection. It displays beautifully and its historical and horological value makes it an excellent family heirloom for generations to come.

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.



Rare Elgin Railroad Grade Veritas Grade 453

Manufacturer: Elgin
Manufacturer Location: Elgin, Illinois
Movement Serial Number: 23141280
Grade: 453
Variation: Veritas
Model: 15
Estimated Production Year: 1921
Run Quantity: 1,000
Grade/Model Run: 5 of 9
Total Production: 9,000
Size: 16s
Jewels: 23j
Movement Configuration: Open face
Movement Finish: Nickel
Movement Signing Style: Mixed
Movement Inlay Color: Gilt
Movement Setting: Lever
Plate: 3/4 Plate
Barrel: Jeweled Safety
Train: Quick
Regulator: Traveling Nut (spring)
Adjusted: Yes
Adjusted # of Positions: 5
Railroad Grade: Yes
Wind Indicator Available: Yes
Wind Indicator Present: Mixed