Rare Vintage American WW2 Watch "Elgin", USA Army Watch

Dispatches from Poland

Watch "Elgin" Description

American Watches Gifted To Soviet Troops During The Dark Days Of WWII

Actual historical Elgin watches, produced in the early 1940s specifically on order for the U.S. Army as a gift to the Soviet forces fighting in WW2. The supply of these watches was part of the Lend-Lease agreement.

The watches are inscribed with an encouraging note to Soviet soldiers: "To the Heroic People of the USSR "

The watches are remarkably well-preserved, still functioning after all these years.

USA Army Watch "Elgin" Characteristics

Year: 1940s
Movement: Mechanical cal.580
Contry: USA

American WW2 Watch Benefits

  1. Historical Significance: These watches were part of the Lend-Lease agreement, symbolizing the cooperation between the USA and the USSR during WW2. Owning one of these watches means possessing a piece of history that signifies an important era and alliance.

  2. Unique Inscription: The inscription, "To the Heroic People of the USSR," adds sentimental and historical value, making these watches not just timepieces but also memorabilia honoring the sacrifices of Soviet soldiers.

  3. Durability and Quality: Despite being from the 1940s, these watches are remarkably well-preserved and still functioning. This testifies to the superior craftsmanship and quality of materials used in their production.

  4. Mechanical Movement: Equipped with a mechanical cal.580 movement, these watches represent the classic era of watchmaking. They offer a more intimate and engaging experience compared to modern quartz watches, as mechanical movements require manual winding and maintenance.

  5. Collectible Value: Given their rarity and historical context, these watches are likely to be valuable collectibles. They can be a significant addition to any collection of military memorabilia, timepieces, or WW2 artifacts.

  6. Cultural and Educational Worth: These watches serve as a tangible link to a pivotal moment in history, providing an educational tool for understanding the complexities of international relations and wartime alliances in WW2.

  7. Aesthetic Appeal: The vintage design of the Elgin watches is likely to appeal to enthusiasts of retro and military-style accessories, offering a distinct and timeless style.

  8. Investment Potential: As rare historical items, these watches may appreciate in value over time, making them a potentially lucrative investment for collectors and history enthusiasts.

  9. National Production: Being made in the USA during the 1940s, these watches also represent American industrial prowess and the nation's commitment to aiding allies during critical times.

  10. Emotional Connection: For descendants of Soviet WW2 veterans or history buffs, owning such a watch can create a personal connection to the past and the experiences of those who lived through the war.

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Watch servicing information

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