16 Size Hunter Case Elgin Pocket Watch with Fancy Dial
U.S.; Elgin; Man’s; Serial# 10,294,707; C. 1903
CASE: The 14K yellow gold, 16-size, No. 312,852 hunter case
features floral decorations and is signed Roy. Weighs 71.1 DWTS =
110.5 Grams TW.
DIAL: This fancy porcelain dial displays outside 5-minute track,
subsidiary seconds dial, Arabic numerals, has
spade hands and is signed Elgin.
MOVT: This 15-jewel, stem-set, No. 10,294,707 movement with lever
escapement is nickel with a ¾ plate layout and is signed Elgin.
C 2 (The case is in perfect
D 2 (The dial is in perfect
M 2 (The movement is in perfect
R 8 (Rarity on a scale of #1 being
very common to #10 being extremely rare)
Experts Opinion: 14K yellow gold, 16-size unused hunter case, which
has a patina color from being stored away for years and the Elgin also
has a mint fancy porcelain multicolor dial. An Ashland super condition
112-year-old watch! TE
A hunting case covers the face of the watch concealing the dial. The
case is opened by pressing the stem or the crown of the watch. Hold the
watch in your right hand with the bow between the index finger and
thumb. Press on the pendant-crown with the right thumb to release the
cover exposing the face. When closing, do not SNAP the cover. Press the
crown to move the catch in, close the cover, then release the crown.
This will prevent wear on the rim and catch.
Stem-wind, Lever-Set Movements
Mandatory for all railroad watches after roughly 1908, this kind of
pocket watch was set by opening the crystal and bezel and pulling out
the setting-lever (most hunter cases have levers accessible without
removing the crystal or bezel), which was generally found at either the
10 or 2 o'clock positions on open-faced watches, and at 5:00 on hunting
cased watches. Once the lever was pulled out, the crown could be turned
to set the time. The lever was then pushed back in and the crystal and
bezel were closed over the dial again. This method of time setting on
pocket watches was preferred by American and Canadian railroads, as
lever setting watches make accidental time changes impossible. After
1908, lever setting was generally required for new watches entering
service on American railroads.