Elgin watches date back to the 19th century with the growing popularity of pocket watches. In the 1920s Elgin started producing watches, ultimately resulting in 48 percent of the company's major sales. Today it is rare to find Elgin Vintage Watches dating back to the origin, but Elgin Vintage Watches from the 1940s and 50s often pop up on auction websites. These watches are worth thousands of dollars if in good condition. The "Lord Elgin" Elgin Vintage Watches are some of the most sought after styles because they have 21 jewel insets instead of the traditional 17 or 19.
Other Elgin Vintage Watches of interest include Doctor's duo-dial models from the 1930s and 1940s. These watches have a different face and band than other models from these years. One Elgin Vintage Watches that's hard to find is the 50-millionth anniversary watch with a 18kt solid gold case. These watches have the serial number 50 million to 50,000,999. That means there are only 100 out there. Major collectors seek these vintage watches and will pay top dollar for these rare items. Check Grandpa's bureau closet to see if you're one of the lucky ones with these hard-to-find Elgin watches.