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Dating wristwatches

By matching the caliber number stamped on the movement with that stamped on the case, collectors can verify that the correct movement is in the watch. Looking closer at the numbers, one of these numbers is the caliber of the movement for that specific watch. It looks very similar to the styly of the others. Sometimes it is easy to answer, and sometimes it is impossible.

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It is not meant to date the specific year a watch was manufactured. But, ironically for some, it is a great source of fun and fascination, as the process of dating a given specimen often involves piecing nuggets of information together from far-flung resources. In between, pinning an individual Elgin down to a specific year and model can be a bit of a chore. If a watch matched the advertisement illustration, that watch's Style Number was associated with the year of the advertisement.

While studying this data, a pattern emerged. This happened most often during the early Curvex years when many of the Curvexes had a very similar shape.

The Style Numbers consistently increased over time. Make sure you do not confuse the case Serial number with the Caliber and Style Number. The table at left shows the years each of the movements were produced up to the s. They all mean different things. Check Wristwatches demands your knowledge and your reasoning for you to figure.