Elgin WWII era A-11 Navigation watch
Reduced to $275 from $295. Base metal case, stainless steel back. Three-piece case with both bezel and back threaded onto a middle case. Case measures 39mm high lug to lug by 31mm wide, not including winding crown. Case is in excellent condition with just a little bit of pitting on the middle Case part. The back bears the usual ordinance markings but is of a little different font and is lighter an impression than the usual watches I've seen from this period. The dial is in excellent original condition with full Arabic numerals and luminous hands; all luminous is present. The crown appears to be a replacement but a functioning crown nonetheless. Replacement crystal in excellent condtion. The caliber 539 movement is unusual in that this movement usually has 16 jewels. This one has 15 jewels. This does not mean that the watch is a fake; I have seen several Elgin watches with this movement inside that has just 15 jewels. The reason for this, I've been told, is that this usually means this watch was a field replacement to take the place of an A-11 that was damaged or lost. The replacement movements (you'll notice they are quite a bit different in color that the usual 539) were those that Elgin had on hand if supplies of the regular 539 were out of stock. The movement sets and winds perfectly. My watchmaker just did a COA (clean oil and adjust) of the movement, and replaced the mainspring. The watch is keeping good time. I have added a new 16mm canvas strap to complete the military look. A most unusual piece for the collector of military watches.