This gorgeous Elgin was found in the bowels of Brooklyn.  This watch was found in original condition, un-restored and in need of just a few tender repairs to get it looking like it did almost a century ago.  Upside-Down Elgin watches are an interesting breed, and they made quite a lot of these things back in the day.  Black dial watches were primarily for military use back then, most civilians did not have a need for the black dial as it was not a popular fashion item at the time.  The majority of these little black Elgins were used as insturment clocks in just about any piece of machinery that they could put them into.  It's a very simple idea that they had, just flip the design of the dial upside down and you eneabled the winding stem to be underneath and a lot easier to wind when you were sitting down.  But some of these watches were placed into cases and used as pocket watches like this one.  If you didn't have luminous hands on one of these, you sure went with the white steel hands like this one has.  Its a pain in the back end to see the hands if they were blued steel.  Only issued with having the white steel hands: they tend to rust up over time.  This one was no exception, but with a little bit of elbow work and a quiet afternoon we were able to bring them back to their original condition.  Everything on this watch is the way it was found.  When we first got our hands on it, the watch just needed a new mainspring to run.  After we put a brand new in, we cranked it and it fired right up like it was good as new.  This is one fine looking watch, ready to be worn and appreciated again.  

"Dem Bums" 1924 Elgin

  • Year released: 1924

    Jewels: 7

    Size: 16s

    Diameter: 1 and 7/8 inches from side to side of case not including crown and button.  

    Case: Keystone Nickeloid case

    Production run for year:  1,000 Movements

    Style: Military

    Dial: Black Paint on Metal

    Numbers: Arabic

    Condition: Watch has been restored to full running condition +/- 1-2 minutes.  Great Running Condition

    Diameter: 46mm

    Movement:Nickel Finish

    Strap: 20mm DBWC hand made aviator strap with red stitching