Extremely rare Lord Elgin "Corsican" men's Art Deco pocket watch in solid 14K green gold and platinum, circa 1921.
Along with the "C.H. Hulburd" models, the "Corsican" was Elgin's top-of-the-line watch and housed a unique, extra-thin 12-size movement. All of the "Hulburd" and "Corsican" models were cased in solid gold or platinum. This is one of only a handful known to exist in a combination case of both solid gold and platinum. The "Corsican" line was named for French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte (born on the island of Corsica), and the bow and hands are shaped in the silhouette of Napoleon's famous campaign hat, and the watches were advertised as such by Elgin. This example is in crisp, excellent condition showing almost no wear. All the engraved case designs are sharp and the platinum cap on the caseback still exhibits most of its lined finish. Inner cuvette is signed "Lord Elgin" in a shield. Original frosted silver and gilt finish engraved and embossed dial is excellent, with Roman numeral hours composed of oak trunks and branches, with acorns at each 5 minute marker. Original wine-colored steel hands bear the unique Napoleon silhouette at the ends. The watch is powered by its correct 21-jewel ultra-thin Lord Elgin grade 450 movement, just serviced and running strong.