E l g i n W a r t i m e M o d e l
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Elgin “Wartime Model” men’s Streamline Moderne design wristwatch in 10K rose gold fill, circa 1944.
I have yet to identify this properly marked, factory-cased model. The only other known example of this model carries a presentation date from 1944, so it may be that Elgin cased some then-obsolete 18/0-size movements from the 1930s to circumvent wartime restrictions on new watch production for consumers, similar to what Hamilton did with its “Cushion” model during the war. This example is in excellent condition with only a tiny spot of brassing in each bezel corner. Caseback is excellent and unengraved. The case measures 37mm long and 25mm wide. Original rose finish dial is excellent, with a few spots. Has new glass crystal. The watch is powered by its correct 17-jewel Elgin grade 483 manual wind movement, just serviced and running well.