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An Early Elgin 18 Size


Here's a watch that was a treat to see run again. This is an Elgin grade 12, 18 size, 11 jewel, "J. V. Farwell" model.

This one was made about 1870. It is key-wind and key-set, with the dial marked "National", not Elgin, National Watch Company being the original name.

Note the solid balance, unusual for Elgin products.

This model is extremely rare.

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