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Elgin Grade 494

The grade 494 is quite a nice 16 size pocketwatch movement.  It's a 23 jewel design, lever-set, with a motor barrel and an up/down wind indicator.

The wind  indicator shows power remaining, in the form of run-time, on the mainspring.

This watch was made about 1934.

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