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Elgin Grade 315 in a Nice Case

The Elgin grade 315 is one of the more popular Elgin watches.  During it's time (this example was made in 1921), the Elgin National Watch Co. was by far the largest watch manufacturer in the world.

The hands on this one are not original Elgin hands.  They may have been replaced at some point, or it may have been a customer's choice at the point of sale.  Although too small for this watch, they're a nice style.

The crystal is slightly discolored with age.  The dial is actually white enamel.


This is a 12 size, 15 jewel movement, in an 8-sides, gold filled, case, snap front and back.

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