Lord Elgin 760 Movement Concentric Sunray Dial
A friend came across several Elgins at an estate sale among a box of other watches. I bought all three and this was the best of the bunch. It was dirty and didn’t run, but once I cleaned it up a bit, I sent it off to my watch repair guy and it came back spectacular.
The dial is perfect. The hands and hour markers look like new and the gold filled case is probably at 93%. It even has the original crown. The only negative, which doesn’t bother me, is that it has an inscription on the back. To me, it reminds me that this watch has some history behind it.
The watchmaker replaced a broken mainspring, serviced the movement, and polished the case and crystal. I put it on a Speidel band, many because it was the only band I have on hand that fits 16mm lugs.
The watch measures 29mm across from 10 o’clock to 4 o’clock. By modern stands that is small, but because it is 99% dial, it wears larger on the wrist and it is easy to read.
The movement in this watch is Elgin’s 30 jewel, American made Durabalance automatic, adjusted to 6 positions. The Durabalance movement dates this watch between 1958 and 1964.
Update: I added an Airflex center expansion bracelet to the watch to give it a period look.