The reason: There have been a lot of watch manufacturing companies that have come and gone over the years.
Many have gone out of business, while others destroyed records to save space.
Lovett took the watch to Newton's Jewelers in downtown Fort Smith.
On the inside of the cover we find on this watch, the logo AWco and K18.Kelly Newton at Newton's Jewelers told Lovett other watch aficionados were more comfortable with dating the watch to the early 1940s.Elgin History Museum President Bill Briska and Director Liz Marston look over a small 1930s Elgin watch and accompanying information the museum recently received from reporter John Lovett of the Southwest Times Record in Fort Smith, Ark. This is probably the most common question watch collectors have.Sometimes it is easy to answer, and sometimes it is impossible.Were all things at rest it could never be answered. Motion is best exemplified in the heavenly bodies, particularly the sun.Yet man, "the tool-making animal," never asks, "What o'sun? " He has brought artificial timekeepers to such perfection that they are the most wonderful of his mechanical achievements, the things most alive and human in the entire range of his handiwork.(Mike Danahey / The Courier-News)However, using his knowledge of the Elgin watches, a catalog in the museum's collection, and the serial number, on Friday, Elgin History Museum President Bill Briska found a similar piece listed and said the watch probably dated to 1935 — the year Little was born. Value will not be given over the phone, so don't ask.Some companies (as with the Gruen Watch Company), even lost rocords to fire or other natural disaster. I am sure they had no idea that their timepieces would someday be collected.There are several ways to get an idea of when your watch was made.Primitive man had little need of clocks or watches.The opening and closing of flowers; the voices of birds, beasts, and insects; the position of sun, moon, and stars, told the passage of time with accuracy enough for his simple life. Some of the pages will be able to provide additional information.