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Info needed on Elgin Pocket Watch

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I am looking for any and all info or history on a family pocket watch that belonged to my great, great grandfather. All I know about it is from my father who claimed that his great grandfather had it until he passed in the 1920’s, upon which the next in line took ownership of it.

I was able to find a little information about the Elgin watch movement. I think the hands have been replaced, but I think the rest of the movement is original. 

I can’t find any information about the case itself. I’m particularly curious about what the the serial number on the outer edge of the case is for. I think it says “71389” but I can’t be certain since it’s hard to read the numbers.

I would also be curious to hear any theories on what the letters “KOB” might be in reference to since they aren’t the initials of my great, great grandfather. Maybe a nickname or something else? 

Thanks in advance!


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23 minutes ago, Raunnating said:

Interesting. How do you know ifs a ladies watch? Maybe he was given the watch? Or maybe he just liked it and didn’t care? Wish I had more answers instead of more questions.

I wonder what answers you're expecting to get here, we can't help with how the watch came into your family, or where those initials came from.

Re the case https://mb.nawcc.org/wiki/Keystone-Watch-Case-Co


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I see that @nevenbekriev has done some looking for you, and I myself have also looked up the serial number that occurs on your pocket watch movement plate on elginnumbers.com, which also provides a useful summary of information about your watch. That makes a good start to your quest for information. Searching online for information about American pocket watches can be productive, and @spinynormanhas already given you a couple of web addresses concerning the case of your watch. So my advice is, get Googling.:)

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