Elgin produced watches in Elgin, Illinois (a Chicago suburb), for over 100 years. They were the largest and most prolific of the American manufacturers and the "Lord Elgin" was their premier product. It was produced in 19, 21, and 23 jewels. This particular Elgin is a 21 jewel beauty that is very cool watch in more ways than one. First the 21 jewel movement is a thing of mechanical beauty. Second, the original cream colored dial has a great patina due to age. Third, the stylized Roman numeral "12" is very unusual with alternating arrowhead markers and squares. Lastly, the swooping lugs and domed crystal are very handsome. If you take a look at the "Zoom-In" photos you can see a slight pitting of the dial, due to age - a sure sign that it is original. This gives the watch a very vintage look. You will also notice that there is a symbol just below the Elgin name and this means the watch is fitted with an unbreakable "Durapower" mainspring...quite a feat back in the day. The seconds hand revolves once a minute and the shape of the seconds bit mimics the shape of the case. In short, this is one killer wristwatch from the late 1940s. The case is yellow gold-filled, measuring 21mm in width by 35mm lug to lug by 10mm thick (including crystal) and it is running like the proverbial top. This handsome timepiece is in fantastic, original condition and just waiting for a wrist to adorn. Remember all of our timepieces come with our famous one year warranty for parts and labor, so that you may buy with confidence.