Elgin Watch Company
The Elgin Watch Company started life in 1864 as the National Watch Co., in Chicago, IL. It was renamed the Elgin National
Watch Co. in 1874, and later, with all manufacturing plants being located in Elgin, IL (40 miles NW of Chicago), the name
became the Elgin Watch Co. This watch was manufactured during Elgin’s “Modern era”, meaning post-1968. By this date all of
the Elgin's manufacturing plants had been closed, and Elgin watches were assembled entirely of Swiss components.
This dive watch is a real heavy-duty piece, and quite impressive for the period of time I suspect it was manufactured in the early
‘70s. The dial and hands are reminiscent of Doxa and Zodiac dive watches of the same time period. Elgin watches are
remembered as mid-grade watches, so I was pleasantly surprised to find such a quality piece with the Elgin name on it.
This watch belonged to my grandfather, who like me, loved watches. I also have a few of his pocket watches, so I was quite
excited to discover he appreciated dive watches also. I guess I’m “genetically predisposed”.
Case Diameter: 44 mm
Case Height: 13 mm
Case length: 45 mm
Lug Width: 20 mm
Movement: ETA 2783, 17
jewel automatic. Quick-set
date, 21,600 bph, 42 hour
Case material: Stainless
Crown: Screw down
indexed w/ 60 clicks
Water resistance: 600 feet
Features: Elgin signed
movement, case back and
Vintage: Early '70s
"Generic" Swiss Dive Watches:
The production of nearly identical dive
watches from different manufacturers was
a common trend in the 60's and 70's, as is
still the case today. These "generic" Swiss
dive watch cases would be assembled
with a variety of movements, dials, hands
and bezels to an individual manufacturers
specifications, sometimes the only
difference being the manufacturer's name.
I've always known this to be a generic type
watch case, but unlike other more common
styles I had not seen another, until I found
this one. With the exception of the
Montique signature on the dial, case back
and movement, it is the exact same watch
in every way.