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Elgin Grade 239

It doesn't get much better...  The grade 239 is a Veritas model, 18 size, 21 jewels, lever-set of course, with a double-sunk dial.


It's here in a plain nickel, swing-out case.  It's not unusual to see very good movements in plain cases, and inexpensive, basic model movements in fancy and expensive cases.  The movements and cases were selected separately by the customer at the point of sale in those days, so the combinations can be revealing.  The swing-out case is open-faced also, for definitely a more "professional," less fashionable, feel to it.

Made about 1904...
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