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at Nite.
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Greetings From Elgin (1975)

My Elgin Pocket Watch Collection
Page One

G. M. Wheeler

Size   18 
(1 23/30")
Year it was made   1884

Number of Jewels  

Serial Number     1,485,550
Every Elgin Watch Collection should have one 18!  Every Elgin Collection should have one "signature watch" (this one is a Wheeler.  I would like to have a Veritas or something else...but...well, you know how that goes).  Every Elgin Collection should have one watch that was made in the 19th century.  So, even through I prefer the "fancy dial watches" I grabbed this one.  It doesn't run, but I have been waiting for a "windfall" before I take it to Schockey's to have it looked at.


My Wheeler is a Big Star!

I recently played "Mr. Brownlow", the kindly benefactor in "Oliver" for the Actor's Studio Theatre Group.  In one scene, I had to display a picture of my deceased daughter.  They offered to get me a pocket watch to do it with.  I said "Nothing Doing!  Nothing but the GENUINE article for me!"   So, the Wheeler got a couple of weeks out of the Jewelry Box!  

Truth be told, that watch wasn't strictly "period".  It wouldn't have been made for another 34 years from when that scene took place!


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