Ladies 18kt White Gold Art Deco Elgin Watch
c. 1908 – 1935
As my friends Morris Day and the Time said, “What time is it?” If someone in the band had been wearing this Ladies 18kt White Gold Art Deco Elgin Watch, they wouldn’t have had to ask! Achingly beautiful and functional – one of my favorite combinations. Keep in mind, I’m not a horologist (a person who specializes in caring for timepieces), but when I tested this watch, it not only still worked, but it kept time!
What We Love About It:
As a fan of Art Deco pieces, this style of the watch is definitely striking for me. But I think my favorite part is actually the clasp! Yup. The butt of the watch. It’s not just a functional piece. It’s gorgeous!
The watch itself, a 15 jewel Elgin, is actually 18kt white gold. Both the watch and the watchband are in excellent condition and the face is blemish free. The face is cream and sliver toned, with Art Deco styled numerals in black and small black hands. The mesh watchband (more bracelet like than band, and likely a later addition) is sterling silver. It’s adjustable, in that you can move the clasp up or down to fit your wrist as needed. And the stylized clasp as two beads that fasten into holders to secure it. You could also find an aftermarket black fabric band (which is likely how it was styled originally) or use a black velvet strap too. It weighs 22.4g and as previously mentioned, runs and was keeping time at the time of evaluation*.
No, it can’t show you your text messages. No, it won’t track your run. It also won’t alert you to the weather. But it can do something better than all of that. It can transport you back in time. And since 2020 is turning out to be beyond cray cray, maybe that’s the best feature of all. 😉
*I am not a watch professional, so therefore make no guarantees about the continued running condition of the watch.