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Elgin G.M.Wheeler 18s 15J Pocket Watch 18K Solid Gold Hunter Case


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Basic Info

Code 201687638817
Movement Manual winding
Year 1887
Condition 2 (fine)
Location United States, New Hampshire, Portsmouth
Price [SOLD] [Negotiable]
Availability Ready to ship in 3-5 days


Movement Manual winding
Number of jewels 15


Case diameter 50 mm
Dial numerals No numerals




Make: Elgin
Serial #: 2230013(from movement)
Year:(approximate) 1887
Country: U.S.A.

Case Shape and Material: Round shape 18k solid gold hunter case 50mm in diameter. Case is in good condition with box hinge bezel and back cover and inner dust cover all of which open and close properly. Case front and back are machine engraved with floral decorations but have small square area of hand-engraved scenes. Front has small village scene and back cover has small house, back also has open cartouche which has not been monogrammed. Inner front cover is hallmarked with the number 18 for the American 18k gold assay mark of the late 19th century and bears an Eagle makers mark and the serial number 86357. Back cover opens to reveal a photographic portrait of a young girl (perhaps the owners daughter) overlayed onto the inner dust cover (cuvette). Inner back cover and cuvette also marked with the serial number 86357. The entire watch weighs 99 grams. I estimate that the movement dial and hands weigh about 65 grams and the crystal and case spring another 5 grams leaving the 18k gold content of 30 grams or $800-$900.
Monogram: none, clear
Movement: 15 jewel grade 82 G.M. Wheeler 18s manual wind movement.
Movmt Type: High grade 15 Jewel mechanical movement pendant wind and lever set.
Movmt Condition: very good, winds sets, keeps time in both the face up and pendant up (vest pocket) positions. Mainspring (runtime): 24+ hours
Regulation: checked
Timing Data (willl post ASAP).

Dial: Fancy Elgin porcelain dial with fancy black curly numeral hour markers
and small raised gold dot decorations beneath and between the hour markers and
under each seconds mark and large raised gold 5 minute marks. Dial is in good condition
but shows some slight wear of finish on subseconds disk. Signed Elgin with a gold star
under the 12 mark.
Hands: blued thin spade good
Crystal: thin glass hunter crystal in good condition.
Band: N/A
Box: generic display case

Notes: Mens size Elgin 18s 15 Jewel pocket watch in 18k solid gold American made hunter case circa 1887. Watch winds, sets, runs well and keeps time and is ready to wear. Based on the total weight of 99 grams I estimate the watch to contain approximately 30 grams of 18k gold with a melt value of $800-$900. Gold purity has been verified by a professional jeweler.