Back pocket dating
There are several ways to get an idea of when your watch was made.
I am slowly adding serial number tables to this site. With the exception of BULOVA, the numbers on the inside and outside of the CASE ITSELF are ONLY for identification purposes - they mean nothing.
These watches are typical of the "Deco" style of the teens and 20's.
The Elgin and Hamilton were dated by serial number, while the Gruen was dated by an inscription on the back. In the 1930's there was a style change from highly engraved cases to smoother cleaner lines.
It is thought that the wearing of bandanas by gay men originated in San Francisco after the Gold Rush, when, because of a shortage of women, men dancing with each other in square dances developed a code wherein the man wearing the blue bandana took the male part in the square dance, and the man wearing the red bandana took the female part (these bandanas were usually worn around the arm or hanging from the belt or in the back pocket of one's jeans).
This table is drawn from Larry Townsend's The Leatherman's Handbook II (the 1983 second edition; the 1972 first edition did not include this list) and is generally considered authoritative.Serial number records are available for many of the old pocket watch companies like AM Waltham, Elgin, South Bend etc. The number you need is the serial number stamped on the MOVEMENT (i.e the inner workings).Write this number down and compare it to the charts on this website.As you can see from some of these examples, bold and fancy was back in style! Hands got a little wider and came to a sharper point.Dials were larger while the cases were made to be less of a focal point...
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