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Elgin “William Osler” doctor’s wristwatch in 10K yellow gold fill, circa 1938.

Elgin named this watch for Canadian-born Sir William Osler, (FRS, FRCP) probably the most respected physician in the world at the beginning of the 20th century. Osler was instrumental in the growth of The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore and received world-wide acclaim for his medical methods and writings until his death in 1919. The watch was priced to consumers at $40.00 in 1938. It has a large circular 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 tiny amount of brassing to the tips of the lugs. Caseback is excellent, with a presentation inscription from 1938. Refinished dial is superb, has gold embossed numerals and black markers. Has new glass crystal. The watch is powered by its correct 15- jewel Elgin grade 522 manual wind movement, just serviced and running well.


Sir William Osler, FRS, FRCP by Thomas C. Corner