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Elgin Driver’s Watch (1937)

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Elgin Driver’s Watch (1937)

An uncommon and very early driver’s style watch with flexible lugs.

This unusual Elgin is one of the earliest examples of the flexible lug driver’s watch produced by the company. Few of these have survived; even fewer in Excellent condition. This particular watch is not only in Excellent condition, but it is a survivor — all original, excepting only the crystal and the band.

The watch dates to 1937, and shows styling typical of the period. This was the tail end of the art deco style movement in watch design and you can see how some of the art deco elements, like the stepped case, have been softened as more modern styles were becoming popular. The flexible lugs on this model were unique, with the curved shape joined to the watch body only at the middle point. It’s quite a distinctive case design. The case is signed Elgin and was made by Wadsworth. It is 10K yellow gold filled, both bezel and back. There is no brassing or wear through on this case; it is in Excellent condition.

The dial of this watch shows Elgin “star” branding. At this time, Elgin proclaimed their watches were “timed to the stars.” This dial is in Very Good condition with a patina suitable for age and some minor spotting. The gold hands are in Excellent condition with no oxidation.

The watch is powered by the 524, a 17 jewel movement 8/0 size movement. The watch is keeping good time.

We’ve added to this watch a new old stock crystal and a lizard grain leather watch band. It is ready to wear.

Note that this watch has not been serviced while in our possession and we do not know the service history of this piece. While it is running well and keeping good time now we do advise all vintage watch owners to have their watches regularly serviced to assure the longest enjoyment.


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