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Elgin Grade 303

The Elgin grade 303 is a 12 size, 7 jewel watch; a size and style popular in the 1920s.

This one was made in about 1924 and features "fancy" hands, and a metal dial in gold in unusually good condition. I don't know exactly how they made these dials but they usually don't hold up so well, even when the crystal is fine.
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