I have two original key-wind watches for sale, both from the late 1870s (and practically twins, made within a couple months of each other), that are as close as you can get to an authentic Civil War watch as you can get without actually buying a pre-1865 watch. A working Civil War dated watch will start at about $400 if you can find a bargain, and if youíre like me youíre not brave (or careless) enough to take an irreplaceable period original to the field.
These two are identical in virtually every aspect to a Civil War timepiece, except that their serial numbers date them from the 1870s and the fact that they are Elgins (the Elgin National Watch Company started in 1867). Both are very early 7 jewel Elgins, nothing fancy, and they would have been a common everyday manís carry watch. They are big, heavy 18-size watches.
I have personally cleaned and oiled the watches (Civil War-era watch collecting is a hobby) and with a little care and respect they should provide excellent service for several years. For being almost 140 years old, they are both excellent timekeepers to within 2 to 4 minutes per 24 hours, depending on temperature and position the watch is carried. They both run strong.
The first watch is in an excellent nickel case with a near perfect very thick crystal. This is currently the very best watch 18-size case I have. The bow is still pretty tight. Case hinges open and close tight like they should. It is a nice watch. I will include the key. Asking $175 shipped in the US by USPS Priority Mail.
The second watch is pretty much identical but the crystal has some mild scratching. The exterior of the case is in good condition but has some minor dents, and there is some scratching on the curvette inside the back. These are purely cosmetic flaws and do not affect the function of the watch at all, but it does drive the price down a little. I will include a key. I am asking $155 shipped in the US by USPS Priority Mail.
I prefer PayPal (and you can use a credit card to pay with Paypal), but I will also take postal money orders. PM me on the forum, or send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
I will periodically have other watches for sale, and if you have an old key-wind watch that needs to be serviced and oiled, I can take a look at it for substantially less than the watch repair shop in the mall.