ELKA vintage

Spotted this the other day and liked the wonderful Art Deco style and thought it might fit well in my “uncommon” watches collection.  A distinctive dial and great condition equals this ELKA 1930’s vintage watch from Amsterdam.

Elka copper dial

This Art Deco gents watch c.1930s has a chrome plated bezel with stainless steel back and is in pristine condition.  Lovely two tone khaki green/ copper dial with striking blue steel lumed hands.  The overall condition is quite excellent with only slight and even mellowing of the face – the two tone color dial is quite striking in the right light.

Inside is a 16J manual wind movement which in superb order.  I haven’t examined it too carefully, but it looks as if it could be an AS Schild movement.  ELKA stands for Eduard Louis Kiek Amsterdam, a Dutch jeweler house from Amsterdam and they were often known to use  generic Schild movements in many of their in-house watches.  The case is chrome plated with a clean stainless steel back, fixed lugs and it measures 36 mm long and 30 mm width excluding crown.  A bonus here is that this watch is a good size for it’s day, as many models from that era were much smaller, so a great watch to wear today.  There is an off green soft leather 21/22mm strap attached to the fixed lug arrangement which suits it nicely.

Copper two tone dial ELKA vintage watch

Slim profile

Pristine movement - excellent time keeper

Very pleased with this new item as it’s that bit different – is nice quality in very good condition and it wears well on the wrist.  Not in the same price league or quality perhaps as the previous purchase, but I like it because it IS that bit unusual and is in such good condition – great for my collection and one that will be worn on quite a few occasions, I have no doubt.

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2 replies

  1. hello,

    I’m trying to find informations about the ELKA brand.
    do you have something that could help me in my researches?

    thank you

    • Hi,
      I can do no better than direct you to the following web Wiki site – https://watch-wiki.org/index.php?title=Elka_Watch_Co.
      It explains the origins of the ELKA Company and I have here an English translation of this web entry –
      Elka Watch Co. also Elka Watch Cy. and Elka Watch & Clock Co was originally founded in 1877 in Groningen (nl) by an ancestor of Lazarus (Eliazer) Kiek. Around 1868 he moved to Amsterdam for his training, where he stayed and married. From 1895 Kiek worked as an independent watchmaker until 1913 under the company name E. Kiek Jr
      .. Then he founded a company which was later called Elka Watch Co. with his son Louis Eduard Kiek and son-in-law David van Gelder, husband of daughter Marie Amalia. Lazarus Kiek is considered to be the inventor of the modern wristwatch for the blind, which is still used in this form today.
      He also supplied a clock for the blind to the Institute for the Blind in Amsterdam.

      Elka stood for Louis Eduard Kiek’s son Ernst Louis Kiek Amsterdam. In 1925 Louis Eduard Kiek invented an unbreakable plastic watch glass and founded the N.V.
      Enohi (Eerste Nederlandse Onbreekbare Horlogeglazen Industrie) which exported these watch glasses worldwide until the Second World War. The Kiek family’s shop was located in the important Kalverstaat 206 (show this place), where exclusive brands were sold.
      One branch was in Leidschestraat 21 (show this place) (1920 video recording), where cheaper watches were sold and there was also a studio. A short time was also in the Reguliersbreestr. 49 a magazine and factory for clocks and time systems. After the second world war, Ernst Louis Kiek became a partner in the company
      In 1949 he set up a branch in Switzerland; Elka Watch en Clock Company à Amsterdam, succursale de La Chaux-de-Fonds c / o Henri Grandjean S.A. Rue Jardinière 57.

      In addition to pocket watches, wristwatches and jewelry watches, the company also supplied Braille pocket and wristwatches, stopwatches, chronographs, chess watches, mother and slave clock systems,
      Guard clocks, signal clocks, time clocks. The company Elka Watch in de Kalverstraat was one of the first Rolex concessionaires in the Netherlands, they also sold the brands Ulysse Nardin, Vulcain later came Breitling, Universal, Jaeger-LeCoultre and Blancpain. In addition, Elka also sold large and small watches under its own brand.
      At the time H.M. Koningin Juliana was also a customer of the company. The shop at Leidschestraat 21 was closed at the end of the 1980s. As the last owner, Ernst Louis Kiek continued to run the business in Kalverstraat with his wife Edith Verpoort until 2000. The marriage remained childless and the company was dissolved,
      the couple did not want to sell the name Elka, which was closely related to the Kiek family.

      Hope this helps.

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