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Elgin Grade 309

The Elgin grade 309 is an 18 size, 7 jewel watch.  This example was made about 1909.




This style of case is called a "swing-out". The back is all one piece and the movement swings out on a hinged ring.

This is a hunter case movement, designed for a case that has a pop-open cover. Hunter movements have the seconds dial at 90 degrees from the stem. When they are used with an open-faced case and a normal dial, they are referred to as "side-winders" because the stem is at the 3:00 position. Now and then you see one like this with the seconds dial to the right so that the stem can be at 12:00 like a normal open-faced movement would be.
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