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Imported Elgins

In the late '50s and '60s, as the company was in decline, Elgin reduced production in the US and sold several imported grades of Swiss wristwatch movements.  Here are the Elgin grade numbers and the compatible base caliber.

627, AS1447 or BM-SS1396
628, UNIT 543
629, FONT 28
630, Swiss made
632, FONT 62
634, AS 1477 or AS 1563
643, AS 1423 or BM-AS 1361
644, AS 1421 or BM-AS 1323
645, AS 1422 or BM-AS 1320
653, BM-AS 1323
657, LIP R40
659, FONT 73
663, AS 1580
664, AS 1580
677, Buren 690
678, AS 1361
679, AS 1430
694, AS 1124
695, AS 1124
696, FONT 60
697, FONT 60
698, Seiko 6x8
699, Seiko DSS
720, JEAM 23D
723, JEAM PS32
746, AS 1525
747, AS 1156
748, FEF 37IN
749, FONT 60
756, PUW 1260
790, PUW 57
791, AS 1526
794, AS 1156
795, AS 1673
796, AS 1673
799, FONT 69
810, FHF 552
811, FHF 552
812, AUR 4200
816, FHF 72
817, FHF 72
818, VENUS 188
819, Felsa 1560
873, AS 1604B
889, FONT 72
938, FOR 189
950, AS 1673/74
951, AS 1673
957, PUW 361
958, PUW 1360
959, PUW 1361
961, AS 1803
1421, AS 1323
1422, AS 1320
1423, AS 1361
647, Movement made by Helvetica and sold for use on the Mexican railway system.
658, Movement made by Helvetica and sold for use on the Mexican railway system.
846, Movement made by Buren and sold for use on the Mexican railway system.
846, This is a 21 jewel version of the Elgin grade 658, made by Helvetica.
645, This is a variation of grade 644
653, This is a variation of grade 644
678, This is a variation of grade 627
752, This is a variation of grade 750
821, This is a variation of grade 820

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