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Elgin Grade 55

Here's another Elgin grade 55, an older key-wind, key-set model.  This one was made about 1871.

It's an 18 size, 7 jewel watch with a simple and early design.  Note the square hub in the middle of the hands for directly setting the time with the key.  The same watch key is used for widning, the hubs are the same size.

Take a look here for more on the Elgin grade 55.

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