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Elgin Grade 2

The Elgin grade 2 is an 16 size watch.
It is lever-set and the jewel configuration varies depending on the production run.  This one was made about 1883.
The last photo, below, shows the bezel removed, it unscrews, and the lever extended thus putting the watch in setting mode.

I think this example is interesting because it is in a case of a type and style more commonly found with 18 size American watches from this time.
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