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Elgin Grade 313

Here's a few photos of a grade 313, 16 size, Elgin pocketwatch.

This is a 15 jewel movement, this one made about 1910.

To beginning here is a bare lower plate (actually it already has a few dial-side items put in place).

These are the various parts of the winding/setting clutch mechanism, or "keyless works", so called because this watch winds and sets without a key.
Here are those same parts assembled and put in place.


Mainspring and arbor, wound into the barrel...


This is the whole train right up to the escapement.






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