1960s Elgin Chronograph (Ref. 7452) W/ Box and Papers
The Elgin was a watch company originating from Elgin, Illinois and was founded in 1864 under the name "National Watch Company" and officially became "Elgin National Watch Company" in 1874. The first wristwatch for Elgin came into production in 1910 and in the Second World War, Elgin produced both watches and military instruments for the United States Military. Unfortunately, Elgin disbanded in the year 1968. All US manufacturing discontinued and the Elgin name was sold. After the Elgin names initial sale, the name passed through several hands which resulted in some interesting pieces that were manufactured under the Elgin name from all over the world.
This Elgin Chronograph ref. 7452 is a complete time-capsule full set. The case of the ref. 7452 is reminiscent of the Heuer Camaros of the same era. The "panda" matte white dial with black subdials is signed T Swiss T and features charming red accents. The watch employs a Valjoux 7736 chronograph movement and comes complete with all of its original accessories.
|Dial||Matte White "Panda"|
|Bracelet||Original Elgin 2pc Blue/White Leather Strap|
The excellent oval case is believed to remain unpolished displaying all of its factory finishing and dimensions. The case retains its original unsigned crown and pump pushers. The caseback retains its original factory engravings. The watch comes supplied with its original blue/white Elgin strap.
The matte white "panda" dial with black sub-dials and red accents is in near flawless condition. The dial itself shows very little signs of aging. The tritium lume plots within the markers have aged to a wonderful golden coloration and exhibit no degradation under U.V. light inspection. The original tritium hands have aged slightly lighter than the dial, which is common for this reference and show no lume loss or degradation under U.V. light inspection.
The watch comes complete with its original inner and outer boxes, warranty papers, booklets, and factory strap. The watch is functioning and keeping time perfectly, previous service history is unknown.