Elgin Diver

Elgin Diver

Among the vast world of vintage timepieces, there is no doubt that vintage dive watches hold a special place in the hearts of many collectors, ourselves included. With their simple and clean designs and their reliable and robust movements, the tool watches of the 1960s and 1970s were built to accompany the adventurer across the globe and to keep time at its great heights as well as its dark depths.

Given the popularity of the style (even to this day), there are hundreds of interesting variants from dozens of companies, all with a story to tell and a unique take on a tried and true theme. Even when relegated to desk duty, there's just something so right about a vintage dive watch on your wrist.

Elgin may very well be one of the most well known names in watchmaking, dating back to the mid 1860's in Chicago. Along with Hamilton, Gruen, and Waltham, Elgin was a pioneering watch brand in the US, manufacturing American made movements and pocket watches that could compete with the best in the world. During World War II, Elgin and others focused on producing military watches, chronometers, and aircraft instruments. Like the other American brands, Elgin moved to Switzerland in 1968 under Societe des Garde-Temps SA, a holding company that also owned Titus, Helvetia, Waltham and Sandoz.

Elgin continued to turn out high quality watches in the late 60's and 70's thanks to the concentration of world-class suppliers available in Switzerland- this simple automatic diver is just one such piece. Using a simple steel contract case we've seen time and again from many of our favorite brands, this piece features classic vintage diver proportions and a slick black dial, but the star of the show is the Bakelite bezel in an eye-catching orange and black color scheme. Internally, the watch utilizes a robust AS 1900 signed by Elgin.

All in all, this is a simple, rugged tool watch with great looks to boot.


Stainless steel case is approx. 38mm (excluding crown). Elgin 996/AS1902/03 Automatic Movement. Circa 1970's.

Overall Condition: Case is in excellent condition over all with very light wear from age and sharp edges. Black dial is in equally excellent condition with nicely aged luminescent elements as are the black hands. Bidirectional acrylic bezel, screw-down caseback and unsigned crown.

Includes two 20mm nylon straps from Crown & Buckle.

SKU: TT01050.

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