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Grade No. 239 Veritas by the Elgin National Watch Company

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On March 1, 1901, the Elgin National Watch Company introduced a new line of 18-Size movements designed for approved railroad service. The No. 239 Veritas represented the 21-Jewel option, positioned with the No. 214 Veritas (23 Jewels) and the No. 240 B.W. Raymond (19 Jewels). The No. 239 Veritas sold for $55.00 when introduced, approximately $3,000 in the modern economy.

Elgin Watch Co. Grade 239 Veritas – 18-Size, Model 8, 21 Jewels, c.1902, Serial No. 9348026.

“New Movements Issued by the Elgin National Watch Co. – The Elgin National Watch Co., Friday, announced to the watch trade that they had just issued three movements of a new 1901 model. The movements are 18 size, three-quarter plate, stem wind and are specially constructed for exacting railroad service.” [The Jewelers’ Circular-Weekly, March 6, 1901]

The Jewelers’ Circular-Weekly, March 6, 1901, Page 30

2 Comments

  1. Nathan,

    Thanks for the information on the Veritas 239 and particularly the details of the 239’s particulars from
    the March 1901 Jeweler’s Circular.

    Thank!

  2. This was a great article. I have a couple of the 18s 23j Veritas that are 15 apart in serial numbers. Also a 21J Veritas and a 19j BW Raymond from the same year. Nice to see the connection between the three models with that being how they were offered on the market simultaneously as railroad watches.

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