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Elgin Grade 210

The 210 is another 16 size, 7 jewel Elgin variation.

This one has roman numerals and a plain nickel case. This would have been a common watch in 1900, when it was made.

The 16 size designs were simple and practical, and more suitable to everyday use and clothing than the earlier 18 size models.  These are the watches that really grew the Elgin company.
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