The Lord Elgin brand was known for mostly dress watches but the Aquamaster line bucked that trend and brought a sporty, aquatic focused line to the brand that needed to keep up with trends in the mid 1960s. These Aquamaster models sport a very streamlined design that makes them really appealing when compared with other models of the period. They achieved this with a fully tucked, hidden crown, short, angled lugs, and the thinnest of bezels that put all of the focus on the dial. One of our favorite features of this watch is not on the front of the watch but rather on the back. The screwdown caseback features an image of a sextant which was a nautical navigation tool that used the stars and the horizon to help sailors track their position. This feature is quite unusual for an Elgin watch and would be more at home on an Omega but we love it and see it as a wonderful addition to this watch. It should also be noted that this watch has a sister reference (ref. 2356) that is nearly identical but features a day-date complication rather than just a date.
The founding story of most watch brands starts in some small town in Switzerland but that is not the case when it comes to Elgin. Elgin was founded in Elgin, Illinois at the end of the US civil war and was a major player in what was once a booming watch industry in the United States. The company was originally founded under the name of the National Watch Company, but the company quickly came to be known by the public as Elgin so in 1874, the company officially added Elgin to the front of their name. The company grew into a powerhouse, producing thousands of watches per week. They even created the Elgin National Watch Company Observatory in 1920 to ensure the quality and precision of the watches that they were producing. One of the more interesting moments in the history of Elgin came during the first world war. To support the war effort, Elgin trained 350 soldiers on watch repair so that soldiers’ watches could be maintained and repaired in the field as needed.
The 35mm stainless steel case is in great condition and shows that kind of honest representation of wear that we like to see in a watch of this age. The crown looks to be a later replacement item as the original would have been flatter. The acrylic crystal is in matching great condition to the case. As mentioned above the watch features a signed caseback that features a wonderful sextant insignia.
The Dial and Hands
The silver dial is in excellent condition with no major faults to note. The design is simple with a simple crosshair design, chunky applied hour markers, and a broad chapter ring. The hands are correct for the watch but have lost some of their luminous material
This watch features an automatic Elgin 994 (AS 1893) movement. The watch is running and the service history is unknown.
|Location||New York City|
|Movement||Automatic ,Elgin 994 (AS 1893)|
|Case Material||Stainless Steel|
|Band Material||Nato Strap|