A full overhaul is needed. This vintage Elgin Super-Compressor has a champagne satin "SWISS MADE RA" signed. Dial that is in near pristine condition and t. He original radium on the dial and hands, which remains fully intact and no longer emits a glow after being exposed to bright light (with the exception of the inverted triangle on the inner bezel which emits a quick-burst glow), has aged to a perfectly matching subtle orange hue.The metal on the hands shows signs of oxidation which in my humble opinion looks great and gives this watch oodles of character. No bezel ever came on this particular reference. The heavy duty all stainless steel case is in wonderful condition, showing light wear, no visibly significant dents or dings and no signs of oxidation. The outer edge of the case back is stamped "STAINLESS STEEL" with N. JONES" and "USMC stamped in the center. While I normally show pictures of the movements of watches I put up for sale, the case back on this one is torqued to what feels like factory specs and is too tight for me to remove. While I'm not a watchmaker it's likely that the cannon pinion needs to be tightened. The seconds hand appears to keep time and runs continuously over the power reserve period with the date wheel rolling over automatically. The quickset date function works flawlessly by manually rolling over a new date and then moving the hour hand repeatedly between the 20.5 and 24 hour marks until the desired date has been reached. After recently winding the original, non-screwdown bottom cross-hatched crown 39 full revolutions the movement had a solid power reserve of approximately 40 hours. The top cross-hatched crown, which controls the inner bezel and works without issue, moves bidirectionally with an appropriate amount of tension. Given that the hour and minute hands do not keep time and considering that the movement has likely never been serviced, a complete overhaul is needed. This watch measures approximately 36 mm excluding the crown, approximately 39.5 mm including the dual crowns and approximately 18 mm between the lugs. Case thickness, measured from the bottom of the case back to the top of the mid-case, is approximately 8.5 mm.
Including the crystal case thickness measures approximately 11.5 mm. Given that the hour and minute hands move very slowly and do not keep time and considering that the movement has likely never been serviced, a complete overhaul is needed. As such there are no warranties, express or implied, attached with the sale of this watch.Vintage means old and while my personal belief is that old-school means better quality and workmanship, things can and do go wrong from time to time. For this watch that time is now.
Any servicing costs are your responsibility. And please study the 12 high magnification pictures carefully as they are part of the description and serve as an accurate representation of the condition of this watch. The item "Vintage Elgin Super-Compressor Dive Watch withMilitary Stamp, Runs FOR PARTS/REPAIR" is in sale since Thursday, July 2, 2020. This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Watches, Parts & Accessories\Parts, Tools & Guides\Watches for Parts". The seller is "savethetreestoday" and is located in Issaquah, Washington.
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