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Elgin Grade 303

The 303 is one we see a lot of.   It is a 12 size, 7 jewel movement.  Elgin sold a great many of these.



Here we see a before and after, of re-doing the black lettering of the serial number, Elgin name and the gradients for the regulator.

The metal dial shows corrosion that is typical of this type.  They have, in general, not held up well.

This grade 303 example was made about 1928.


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