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The Elgin Master Records

These are extracts from the so-called Elgin Master Records. There is little information on the history or purpose of these records. They record information on each grade and appear to have been used by Elgin during the manufacturing of the watches.

These records appear to have been created in the mid 1890s, probably based on earlier records. In particular, the grade 274 records appears to have missing information, possibly caused when the records were rebound or copied in the 1890s. The scans presented here are from photocopies made by Dan Anderson and Greg Frauenhoff and additional information was lost during this photocopying. Much of the writing is not legible either on the photocopies, nor on the scans, I do not know if they are legible on the originals. Also, additional notes have been added by Dan and it is not clear which notes are original. (I believe the boldest and most clear notes are the ones made by Dan.) The original records are held in the NAWCC library, however, they will not allow people to make copies of them.

Each grade has two pages of information. One is a list of specifications for the grade, often with changes and small notes. Often on the back side of the previous grade's specifications page, there were written notes and changes. The information recorded here appears to be very accurate, but not complete. For example, if there are notes that say that some serial numbers have been changed to be are marked with a new name, those watches will be marked with that name. However, there are often additional watches that have had their names changed which these records do not record. Information about watches made before the mid 1890s appears to be very incomplete, many do not have any notes at all.

These records use adjustment numbers instead of the more common "Adjusted" or "Adjusted to 5 Positions" notations. These adjustment numbers give detailed specifications about the adjustment tolerances and which positions watches are adjusted to.

The following grades have been selected because they are some of the most interesting examples. Most grades contain far less information.

I do not have complete copies of the Elgin master records. In particular, I have no information on the 16 sized grades and many of the more interesting smaller sizes are also missing. Still, if there is a grade that you would like to see, contact me and I'll see if I can scan a copy for you.

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Grade 021 Specs
62K

Grade 022 Notes
12K

Grade 022 Specs
55K

Grade 023 Notes
8K

Grade 023 Specs
61K

Grade 028 Notes
18K

Grade 028 Specs
59K

Grade 029 Notes
16K

Grade 029 Specs
57K

Grade 053 Notes
5K

Grade 053 Specs
43K

Grade 054 Notes
6K

Grade 054 Specs
42K

Grade 069 Notes
9K

Grade 069 Specs
67K

Grade 070 Notes
36K

Grade 070 Specs
83K

Grade 149 Notes
41K

Grade 149 Specs
73K

Grade 150 Notes
21K

Grade 150 Specs
76K

Grade 201 Notes
97K

Grade 201 Specs
131K

Grade 214 Notes
55K

Grade 214 Specs
106K

Grade 274 Notes
80K

Grade 274 Specs
81K

Grade 277 Notes
12K

Grade 277 Specs
51K

Grade 334 Notes
8K

Grade 334 Specs
50K

Grade 367 Notes
32K

Grade 367 Specs
52K

Grade 446 Notes
30K

Grade 446 Specs
95K
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