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Rare Elgin “Doctor‘s Model 1117” Streamline Moderne design doctor’s wristwatch in two-tone 14K white and yellow gold fill, circa 1934.
The rarest and earliest model of Elgin’s rectangular doctor’s watch, this watch was offered in a two-tone case for only one year (1934), priced at $35.00. This is the first example I have offered in several years. Starting about 1935, the watch was offered in yellow only, and eventually renamed the “William Osler” in honor of the famed Canadian physician who was instrumental in the growth of The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland. This early version has a large rectangular seconds register centered on the main dial in which seconds can be read by the means of the red-tipped hand, making it ideal for use by doctors to record patients’ pulsations. This example is in excellent condition with only a minor touch of brassing to the tips of the lugs. Edge of the case is engraved "S.R. Nakins M.D." Caseback is excellent and unengraved. Original dial is superb. Has new glass crystal. The watch is powered by its correct 15-jewel Elgin grade 522 manual wind movement, just serviced and running well.