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Elgin Grade 369

The grade 369 is yet another 18 size variation.  This one is different though in that it is not a full plate design.  Rather, this G. M. Wheeler movement has a scaled up 16 size layout.

This watch has 17 jewels, a micro-regulator, raised jewel bezels (in gold) and special decorative finishes (this is called damaskeen).

There's quite a bit of cracking in the double-sunk dial, but that's fine.  It's just character.

This example was made about 1909.

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