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Elgin Grade 127

This is a spectacular watch so I took a few extra pictures, including details of the lever-set mechanism under the dial..

This first three images show the lever extended for setting mode.

The Elgin grade 127 is an older design, 16 size movement having 11 jewels.  This one was made about 1894.








 Excellent gold hunter case, engraved...

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