For sale we have a beautiful piece of mid-century design from Elgin watch company. This early 1950s 14k yellow gold filled Lord Elgin Prentice is a stand out dress watch. Its case is of a unique rectangular design with tapered bow tie flared lugs to each corner. This gives the case a real wrist presence. The dial has applied numerals with a silver base tone. It has subtle triangular hour glass lines and curvature. Inside is an excellent quality Elgin 670 movement, with a high jewel count of 21. A very classy and stylish dress watch to adorn your wrist.
The case is 14k yellow gold filled and is mid-century to its core with outside of the box design and artful lug experimentation. In the 1950s the trend was for lugs to continuously push the boundaries of design to add to the stylistic nature of a watch case. This results in a case that measures 20.5mm wide to the middle, with a 25mm width at the top end of the lug. The length of 27.5mm is good, whilst the lugs extend to 35.5mm in length. This is very much a goldilocks size on a wrist with a 7” circumference. To the right is the neat original crown. The snap on case back is secure in position and a good tight fit. Inside it is marked Wadsworth, 14k Gold Filled, with the reference 4630.
The crystal is original and is deep and curved to add to the watches presence. Underneath is the complex dial finish. A silver base tone, with a curved hourglass dial with triangular quadrants. This creates an excellent finish which interacts with the light, reflecting it differently dependent on the angle of your wrist. The sub-second dial is diamond shaped which is a stylish touch.
The Dauphin style hands are original, with the original larger diamond shaped second hand.
Inside is an Elgin cal 670, which was produced from 1950-55. It has 21 jewels and is of an excellent level of design and quality, manufactured in-house by Elgin. It is a tonneau shape, with a high jewel count for a manual wind calibre, whilst it also has and end cap on the escapement. The watch has not been serviced by ourselves as it is in good condition. It has a daily gain of +35 seconds.
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A further condition report is below.
The dial is original and is in decent condition. It has some slight scratches to the satin painted finish as expected with ageing.
The hands are original. They are of a facetted Dauphine style in a gold tone. They have some wear to the finish.
The acrylic crystal is original. It has some marking on the inside from the hands rubbing and some other scratches.
The crown appears to be original and is in good condition with some light scratching.
The case is in decent condition. There is light surface scratching consistent with age, whilst there is some wear to the gold fill on the tips of the lugs and to the middle of the left hand side.
The snap on case back is yellow gold filled. It has light surface scratching consistent with age, with a deeper scratch near the notch for opening. The plated finish to the end of the notch is worn.
The watch is on an 18mm leather strap.
The movement is an Elgin cal 670, which was produced from 1950-55. It has 21 jewels, with a frequency of 18,000 BPH and a 50 hour power reserve.
The watch has not been serviced by ourselves as it is in good condition. It has a daily gain of +35 seconds, with an amplitude of 250 degrees and a beat error of 0.3m/s.
Case width: 20.5mm
Case width with crown: 22.5mm
Case length: 27.5mm
Case length lug-to-lug: 35.5mm
Case Depth: 10mm
Lug width: 18mm
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