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Grade No. 239 Veritas by the Elgin National Watch Company


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


  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.


  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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