Known as the world's largest watch manufacturing plant for 100 years, Elgin pocket watches are prized possessions for vintage watch lovers and collectors. Initially worn as adornments around the neck or pinned to clothing, pocket watches only became popular in 1675 after the invention of the waistcoat. Soon, the pocket watch became a necessity for certain professions such as railroad workers for keeping accurate time and watch companies like Elgin emerged to fulfill that need. You can find a vast inventory of these Elgin railroad pocket watches on eBay. Elgin pocket watches are recognized by several features including their serial numbers, grade numbers, and watch codes. Watch codes are developed by collectors to identify the watches by their particular characteristics such as the movement type, the style of the plate and its finish, how the watch is operated, and its ticking speed. Keep an Elgin gold pocket watch, recognized by its gold plate finish also known as gold-gilded, or get a watch with a nickel or silver finish. Key set or key wind watches have a certain charm as a key is needed to wound them and set their time. With so many features and antique designs, these watches are proven time-honored treasures of the golden past.
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