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An Interesting Repair Choice

You never know what you'll find when it comes to watches. This old hunter case somehow lost its cover. This isn't unusual, but what is interesting is that its long ago owner decided to replace the egg-shell thin hunter crystal with a much thicker open-faced crystal and apparently went right on using the watch.


This is a 12 size, 15 jewel, grade 314 Elgin with a fancy dial in unusually good condition - especially considering something had happened to the case cover. It has been in the current owner's family, but the story of the missing cover is as lost as the cover itself.

Aside from the missing cover, everything is in great shape.
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