The set comes with its original, plastic gray box with Hamilton’s old ‘H’ logo from that period. At the bottom of that box says Made in America which is something you don’t see quite often anymore. The design of this box is very mid-century and can still be seen in today’s mid-century modern inspired furnitures. It’s as close as you can get to a full set.
This watch uses the Valjoux 72C Caliber with calendar, month and date also known as the triple calendar. Gorgeous blue hand set paired with a pointed arrow hand for the date. The lugs have a unique chiseled style to them. The watch is in great condition for its age. Its signed Minerva on the back of the case with the reference number and is slightly faded over time and was probably polished. The actual case itself however shows no signs of polishing.
The Wakmann brand is known for it’s use of Valjoux movements. The watch you see here uses the time only Valjoux 7733 hand wound. Despite it’s wear around the case, I think of that as love and patina. This watch was surely worn until I’ve acquired it. There’s been times where I saw the same example only that it’s polished to the point where it was made to look like it’s brand new. Essentially you can’t really hide it’s age. Age is what this very watch has and shows it very proudly.
Before computers changed the way we think and behave, our watches have provided us with at least one or two ways of calculating and measuring what we did personally or professionally. It was still one of the most advance pieces of technology that is readily available to the masses at an affordable cost.
Elgin isn’t really a brand that we associate with the Swiss watch industry at least not since it was sold back in the 70’s. Taken with it was the vast heritage the company was known for and is now forgotten. But perhaps in the last ditch effort to “fit in” with the other guys was this Valjoux 7733 powered chronograph that looks and feels the same way the others do. This watch features the same caliber as those of Hamilton’s poor man Heuer models.