Restoration of an Elgin Trench Watch

In this tutorial, I’m going to cover the restoration of this Elgin Trench watch.  This watch is a 0 (zero) size pendant movement and was probably in a small ladies hunter case movement at some point in its life.  

Trench watches become popular around World War One, and most of the wrist watches produced at that time were from Europe, and not the US.

This is likely a converted watch judging by the case, but, non the less, it is well done.

The movement was produced by Elgin Watch Co in 1889, and is a 15 jewel movement.

Watch the Video Here!

Tools You Will Need!

Here is a list of all the tools I used to do the restoration on this watch…

Parts needed to do the work

Here is a list of the parts I needed to replace

  • Mainspring
  • screws for case

Hardest Part of Repair

While this watch was easy to restore, there was one problem…

I did find that both the jewels located on the pallet fork were loose.  One was chipped and I was able to flip it around, and use so watchmakers shellac to lock the jewels back into place. 

This allows the watch to run since those jewels may have been loosened or damaged when the watch was dropped.

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2 thoughts on “Elgin 0 Size Trench Watch Restoration and Service”
  1. Hi Pete—- I have an old car clock that is an 8 day Waltham, 15 jewel version similar to what you are refurbishing in your video. It is overwound and I am looking to get it running again. Is this something you do or can you recommend a service that does good work. Many thanks—— Nick Lang, Pickerington, OH and Ft. Myers, Fl (614);589-6819 cell

    1. Request a quote from the menu on the right… This will allow you to type in some info on the clock, and email the info to me… I’ll get back to you on an estimate.

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