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Elgin Grade 428

The grade 428 is a 6/0 size, 15 jewel, Elgin movement.  This example, made about 1928, is cased as a nice men's wristwatch.

Men did not wear wristwatches much in early times.  Wristwatches were considered feminine.  The use of wristwatches by solders during World War I helped establish the trend.  This is a relatively early example.

The dial on this one is heavy on the luminous paste.  It was probably originally a military style.
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