Very unusual Elgin Official Issue WWII era Ordnance Dept. Pocket Watch
There is some, but very little wear on this WWII unusual Ordnance Dept. Official Issue USA Military watch. A crown at 6 o'clock is found, an unusual feature for any pocket watch type, especially military. This is a rare variation of the Elgin Grade 291, an extremely popular movement with only 7 jewels, stem set and wind, but still very nicely finished, and keeping amazing time; we did recently overhaul this June 2018. Still, this was a popular movement during the Great Depression era, in which the majority were made, as time went on, the movement proved extremely reliable and stayed in production for quite some time. This variation is for a specialty utility type watch. It usually came in handy when worn as a pendent, usually a requirement of a type of work or simply a trade tradition that makes sense. I can imagine scientists of this time may have used this type of watch. Anyhow, as you can see, the piece is in excellent condition, and has a two-hinged back for a dust cover...very nice. And the case is a nice grade Illinois made nickel case. The hinges are in excellent condition, everything snaps in quite tight as well. This is an excellent specimen, worthy of a fine military collection, gift or personal purchase. I would consider this piece investment grade based almost solely on rarity in the marketplace.