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Another Elgin Grade 313

 The grade 313 is a popular watch.  They have survived in large numbers, and there's still a lot of parts around for them.

This is a 16 size watch, making it quite practical to carry with modern clothing styles.  People seem to like large, heavy watches (18 size), but these were never intended for pants pockets.  They'll wear holes in pockets, and they get banged on things and end up with broken crystals and broken balance staffs.  I see this all the time.

When I'm asked about vintage pocketwatches I'd suggest for daily use, the 16 size Elgins always comes to mind.  The grade 313 is a solid workhorse.

The 313 is a 15 jewel movement, this example was made about 1917.
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