Scarce Elgin “Military Watch” men’s Military design wristwatch in nickel, circa 1917.

Like most other American watch manufacturers, Elgin was keen to realize the marketing potential of a military-style wristwatch during World War I, and introduced several models. This version was aimed at “sportsmen, motorists, golfers, athletes and army and navy men,” and was priced at $13.00 in 1917. This example is in excellent condition with the unpolished nickel case showing only light wear and a few marks. Caseback is excellent, with an engraving from October of 1917. Case measures 43mm long and 31mm wide. Original metal dial is very good, with some patina, has August 1917 date code on reverse. Has original beveled glass crystal. Has original nickel crown. The watch is powered by its correct 7-jewel Elgin grade 462 manual movement, just serviced and running strong.

Price $475. SOLD