LORD ELGIN "Aquamaster" Automatic Wristwatch, 1950's

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  • Item Category: Jewelry
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Feb 12, 2011
  • Channel: Auction House

This lot is for a FULLY FUNCTIONAL, LORD ELGIN "Aquamaster", Automatic (self-winding) Vintage Wristwatch, Circa 1950s! The Elgin National Watch Company, was founded in August 1864 as the National Watch Company. The growing young city of Elgin , Illinois was chosen as factory site. The first movement was a B.W. Raymond, 18 size, full plate design. In 1910, the company built the Elgin National Watch Company Observatory to maintain scientifically precise times in their watches. The factory in Elgin closed in 1964, after having produced half of the total number of pocket watches manufactured in the U.S.A. The Elgin Watch Company sold watches under the names, Elgin , Lord Elgin, and Lady Elgin. The company produced many of the self-winding (automatic) wristwatch movements ever made in the United States beginning with the 607 and 618 calibers (which were bumper wind) and the calibers 760 and 761 (30 and 27 jewels respectively).

I am unable to remove the back cover to view the movement, however, it is marked on the back cover as an "Automatic" self-winding movement. The winding mechanism can be wound by the stem as traditional mechanical watches AND the watch is automatically wound from the wearer's body movement! That is a really cool feature. The case back is marked "AQUAMASTER, waterproof, automatic". The watch band is marked "All Stainless Steel", and I am unsure of the case material. The watch has some scratches and scuffs, particularly the crystal which probably should be replaced. The three hands (hour/minute/second) are present and working properly. The adjustment knob and winding mechanism moves smoothly. The date window movement works properly by changing to the next date each day that passes. The watch face is in wonderful condition with tritium-like dots, at the 3, 6, 9, and 12 o'clock positions, which glow in the dark. The watch is clearly used, but once the crystal is replaced the watch will be in excellent mechanical and cosmetic condition.


This is a NO RESERVE auction for a beautiful Lord Elgin vintage wristwatch in full working condition. Please judge the condition of the watch from the pictures and feel free to ask questions before bidding.

Payment must be received within 4 days of auction close. I will combine shipping charges for multiple lots won.