FOR PARTS/REPAIR - While the day and date wheels roll over automatically as they should and the movement runs strong with a healthy power reserve of approximately 37 hours, it does run nearly 5 minutes fast per hour. Given this and considering that the movement shows no clear signs of ever having been serviced a compete overhaul is required.This seldom seen vintage 1970's Elgin day-date diver is an example of a watch that in my humble opinion looks markedly better in person. It has a matte black "T Swiss Made T" signed dial that is in lovely but not perfect condition as it shows difficult to see light wear. The original tritium on the dial, which is fully intact and emits a faint, short-lived glow after being exposed to bright light, has aged gracefully to a golden buttermilk hue. The original tritium on the hands no longer glows and has aged a shade darker than the dial markers.
This subtle contrast in patina between the dial and hands looks great. The vibrant orange seconds hand complements the dial beautifully. The silver/gray bezel, which shows wear and rotates bidirectionally, presents nicely.
The all stainless steel case, which still retains its original brushed satin finish, shows honest wear and is free of oxidation. The outside of the case back is stamped "ELGIN" and "ALL STAINLESS STEEL SWISS" while the inside of the case back is stamped "ELGIN SWITZERLAND" followed by "M 280 Y" and 909 - 5004. The crystal should be replaced.
The 17 jewels unadjusted Swiss "ELGIN" stamped FHF 909 automatic movement with quickset day and date functions is clean and runs strong, albeit fast. After winding the original non-screwdown "E" crown 30 full revolutions the movement ran nearly 5 minutes fast per hour over a healthy power reserve period of approximately 37 hours. Given that this watch is more than 45 years old, that the movement runs fast and considering its unknown service history (there are no visible watchmaker service markings on the inside of the case back or movement), a complete overhaul is required. This watch measures approximately 39 mm including the crown and approximately 19 mm between the lugs.
Case thickness, measured from the bottom of the case back to the top of the bezel, is approximately 10 mm. Including the crystal case thickness measures approximately 11 mm. The black 19 mm genuine MOD. SWISSMADE" Tropic strap with signature "ACIER buckle is pliable and free of any cracks/rips. Given the vintage nature of this watch, that it is running fast and considering the movement's unknown service history, a complete overhaul is required.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. Any servicing costs going forward 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. This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Watches, Parts & Accessories\Parts, Tools & Guides\Watches for Parts".
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